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Poignant Donation by Richard Misrach

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 11, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

33 prints of the devastating 1991 firestorm were donated to the Oakland Museum of California and the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive

The internationally acclaimed Bay Area photographer, Richard Misrach, made a generous donation to museums in the affected community of East Bay which was ravaged by a firestorm 20 years ago. Donation is a great honor and welcome, but bittersweet reminder of a horrific event.

The 1991 firestorm killed 25, injured 150, and devastated thousands of houses and over 1,500 acres of land. Immediately following the fire, Richard Misrach, known for monumental images and capturing man's imprint on nature, set out to record the fire's path and print. Never before seen images have been gifted to the communities affected. Images filled with remembrance shall also serve to celebrate rejuvenation in time past.

Both institutions to hold exhibitions this fall which will showcase the gift of the artist and engage the collective memory of the community. Installations relating to the fire to accompany the photographic work and opportunities for viewers to record their personal experience and recollection also available via over-sized text constructed by the artist.

For more on the donation please visit artdaily

For information on the Exhibition and related events:
Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive

Oakland Museum of California

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