Ricardo Valverde: Experimental Sights, 1971-1996

May 17 to July 26, 2014
Opening reception: Saturday, May 17, 4 to 6 p.m.

The late Los Angeles-based photographer and artist Ricardo Valverde (1946-1998) is featured in a career retrospective at VPAM. The exhibition is guest-curated by Cecilia Fajardo-Hill and highlights more than one hundred artworks spanning a twenty-five-year period of production.

Ricardo Valverde: Experimental Sights, 1971-1996, includes works in a wide range of media, from black-and-white and color photographs, to solarized and intervened gelatin silver prints, to painterly collages that incorporate photographs and are mounted on canvas. The exhibition includes several videos; slide projections from Valverde’s photographs of lowriders, Day of the Dead celebrations, commercial signage; a light box with experimental slides treated as sculptural objects; and ceramic sculptures that resonate with his photography.

VPAM’s exhibition is the first survey of Valverde’s extensive body of work, and it is undertaken in partnership with the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, which recently published Ricardo Valverde, a new monograph in its award-winning A Ver: Revisioning Art History series.

Ricardo Valverde, written by Ramón Garcia, is available for purchase: www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/ricardo-valverde

Ricardo Valverde, 'Self Portrait con Mick,' 1973/1993, Gelatin silver print. hand-applied pigment, scratching, Esperanza Valverde and Christopher J. Valverde Collection

Ricardo Valverde, 'Self Portrait con Mick,' 1973/1993, Gelatin silver print. hand-applied pigment, scratching, Esperanza Valverde and Christopher J. Valverde Collection