Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Saturday November 14th
American Masters and Project Luz conducted a photography workshop inspired in the work of Mexican American artist Pedro E. Guerrero, the chief photographer for Frank Lloyd Wright, the architect of the Guggenheim museum in New York City. The workshop was facilitated by artist Sol Aramendi. Participants learned about the basics of photography while engaging at different levels, sharing memories about their favorite family photos with each other, sketching and learning about Guerrero’s photography.
The class also got to see the current exhibition Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting and made sketches of the different light and shadows of the unique spiral shape of the museum, using their art notebooks specially designed for this occasion by the artist. For many of the them, it was their first time visiting the museum and were very amazed by the beautiful architecture.
Taking advantage of the perfect daylight and using the photography skills they learned, participants went outside to take pictures of the building, the people and nature. They also spent some time studying lights and shadows using foam 3D shapes and different kinds of LED lights. Before closing, the class created a collage together showcasing the photographs they just took and sharing personal reflections about they learned and experienced.
Everyone enjoyed learning and relating to each other through photography. Here are some of the participants’s comments:
It was a pleasure to be part of this opportunity and to learn so much!!! I loved it!!!
Thank you Sol for the opportunity to continue learning about painting with light
This special presentation of American Masters and VOCES has been provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding for American Masters is provided by Rosalind P. Walter, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Judith and Burton Resnick, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, Vital Projects Fund, Michael & Helen Schaffer Foundation, and The André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation. Additional support for VOCES is provided by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures. Additional funding for Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey is provided by Berkeley Film Foundation, Castellano Family Foundation, Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown, and Mike and Ginny Lester. VOCES is presented by PBS SoCaL.