Barbara Klemm
Leonid Breschnew, Willy Brandt,
Bonn, 1973

© Barbara Klemm








Barbara Klemm. Light and Dark. Photographs from Germany.

September 6 - December 14, 2014

An exhibition by the ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)
Presented by the University Art Museum in partnership with the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles

This monographic exhibition presents 124 iconic black-and-white photographs by one of Germany's most distinguished photojournalists, Barbara Klemm. Taken while on assignment for newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Klemm’s photos capture forty years of cultural, social, and political history in the formerly divided nation, creating icons of contemporary European history.

Curated by German art historians Matthias Flügge and Ursula Zeller, both of whom worked closely with Klemm, the exhibition chronicles some of the most decisive events in German history, perhaps most memorably during 1989 reunification of East and West Germany. Though the majority of photographs, which Klemm herself calls “action in condensed form,” were taken on assignment, she created a body of photographs which combine the documentary and the artistic in a manner seldom encountered in German press photography.

The museum is fortunate to host the exhibition on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall (November 9, 1989). As a supplement to the exhibition, the UAM will display artifacts and ephemera from the archive of Tom Frazier, Lecturer in Department of Geography at CSULB and Berlin Wall scholar. Multidisciplinary programming will be offered throughout the semester in collaboration with CSULB faculty, scholars renowned in their respective fields.

Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation: Millennials Through Their Own Lens

September 6 - December 14, 2014

Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation is an installation designed to engage students in a cross-campus interdisciplinary Photovoice project. The project uses Barbara Klemm’s generation defining images to begin a discussion through photographs and narratives on how Millennials (people born from the early 1980s to the early 2000s) characterize their own generation. Since a majority of current college students fall within the Millennial Generation the project connects directly to students at CSULB.

The project was designed by Dr. Beth Manke, Professor of Human Development at CSULB and Brian Trimble, Interim Director of the UAM.

All events are free and open to the public. For a list of related exhibition programming click here.

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