Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Patrick Nagatani: Themes and Variations

Koshare/Tewa Ritual Clowns, Missile Park, White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, (Nuclear Enchantment)

Patrick Ryoichi Nagatani is bursting with ideas and stories to tell. For more than 30 years, he has been sharing his narratives through the pictures he makes. What’s going on here, you ask? Splashes of color irradiate parts of people, pets and wild creatures, kachinas soar with missiles, and archaeological digs expose 20th century automobiles in incongruous places and eras. Nagatani’s images take you on fascinating journeys that explore history, personal philosophy, culture, spirituality, fantasy and reality. Images from seven major bodies of work that Nagatani has completed are presented here as well as a literary and photographic novel, “The Race,” that he is currently creating with other artists.

Themes and Variations was partially drawn from Desire for Magic – Patrick Nagatani 1978-2008, the exhibition and monograph, curated by Michele M. Penhall, Curator of Prints and Photographs at the University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque. That exhibition traveled to the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles and was exhibited at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia.

The Griffin Museum of Photography is pleased to offer a distinctive and expanded version of the initial exhibition.  Barbara P. Hitchcock, Independent Curator and former Curator of the Polaroid Collection, organized and curated Patrick Nagatani: Themes and Variations.

October 8, 2015–November 29, 2015
Reception Oct 8th 7 – 8:30
Gallery tour/talk Oct 8 at 5 PM
Free for Members

$10 Nonmembers

Saturday, September 26, 2015


Present Tense
The Art Institute of Los Angeles

November 7 - December 5, 2015

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 7th, 2015, 6-8pm

Shades of Blue, Photo by Sofia Samarah

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Museum Project 2012-2015 Opening Reception

A very special thanks to all who attended the opening reception of The Museum Project this past Saturday night!

This exhibition runs until October 31st.

Our normal gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 11am-6pm.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Upcoming Exhibition : The Museum Project 2012-2015

The Museum Project 2012-2015
Curated by Robert von Sternberg

"In 2012, I felt compelled to express my appreciation to the Museums and Universities that had long supported me in my career as an Artist and University Art Professor. My idea was, in gratitude, to donate works of art to institutions that would welcome these additions to their permanent collections. A group of like-minded artists, also willing to make donations, was mobilized, and The Museum Project was born." - Robert von Sternberg.

Featuring the work of : Barry Andersen, Laurie Brown, Darryl Curran, Robert Fichter, Anthony Friedkin, Judith Golden, Betty Hahn, Suda House, Victor Landweber, Kenda North, Jane O'Neal, Sheila Pinkel, Bonnie Schiffman, Rena Small, Michael Stone, Robert von Sternberg, Melanie Walker, Todd Walker, and Nancy Webber.

Opening Reception September 12, 2015, 6-8pm