Photos on Film
Renowned photographer Patrick Nagatani passed away last October at age 72. Born just days after an atomic bomb obliterated his parents’ hometown of Hiroshima, the Japanese-American devoted his artistic career to evoking the nuclear legacy of his adopted nation in haunting photo collages. Although known the world over, Nagatani spent many years as a professor emeritus in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of New Mexico. He taught photography from 1987 to 2009. The UNM Art Museum is celebrating his legacy with a new exhibition, Patrick Nagatani: A Survey of Early Photographs. Accompanying the opening of the exhibit is the premiere of a new documentary about Nagatani. Living in the Story documents 35 years of art-making with a special focus on Nagatani’s use of imagery and storytelling to raise awareness about modern anxieties (particularly the specter of nuclear weaponry). You can see the film this Friday, April 27, at 6:30pm in UNM’s Popejoy Hall (203 Cornell Dr. SE). Free tickets can be picked up in advance at the UNM Art Museum or the UNM Ticket Office. If tickets are still available on the day of the event, they can be picked up at the Popejoy will call window. Right before the film screening is a scheduled reception featuring food by My Sweet Basil and a video remembrance booth for those who wish to share memories of Nagatani. For more information on the event, go to artmuseum.unm.edu. To see a trailer for the film, to to patricknagatanilivinginthestory.com.