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Carl Chiarenza: Journey into the Unknown 

February 4–June 20, 2021, Main Galleries

Throughout his career, Carl Chiarenza (American, b. 1935) has demonstrated that photographs can provide much more than just documentary evidence. Rather than create straightforward records of the cast-off materials that appear before his camera, Chiarenza photographically transforms them into new and provocative images. His photographs often bear little resemblance to their actual subjects and instead suggest mysterious worlds that viewers are invited to explore.

This retrospective exhibition spans the Rochester-based artist’s entire career, beginning with early photographs Chiarenza made as a high school student in Rochester in the 1950s and concluding with a large selection of his most recent work in collage. The exhibition will give visitors the opportunity to follow the continuities and ruptures in Chiarenza’s artistic journey as his career enters its seventh decade.

Generously supported by the Rubens Family Foundation.

Exhibition Catalogue

This publication accompanies the retrospective exhibition Carl Chiarenza: Journey into the Unknown. The illustrated catalogue, with essays by William T. Green and Keith F. Davis, provides readers an opportunity to follow the continuities and ruptures in Chiarenza's artistic journey as his career enters its seventh decade.

Purchase Catalogue

Carl Chiarenza: Making a Picture

Virtual 360 Tour +

Virtual 360 Tour

Explore Journey into the Unknown virtually, complete with all audio, text, and full-size images.

Navigation tips:

  • Wall text and images are available to view by clicking the grey dots next to the works. To see the work in greater detail, simply click on the image for it to expand to full screen.
  • For the audio tour, click on the yellow dots. You can listen to each of these within the Matterport. if you prefer, you can also access the audio below on this webpage or visit eastman.oncell.com on your mobile device. 

Audio Tour +

Audio Tour

Hear the artist speak about his work.

Full Audio Transcript

Spotify Playlist +

Spotify Playlist

Enjoy this playlist created by the artist to pair with his works.