Contemporary Russian Photographer to Visit Colorado State University; Exhibition Opens March 22

One of Russia’s best known photographers will visit Colorado State University for an exhibition of his work in the university’s Hatton Gallery. "Igor Moukhin: Visions of Contemporary Russia" will run March 22-April 30, with an opening reception at noon March 22 in the gallery.

A lecture by the artist will take place at 7 p.m. March 23 in the Lory Student Center Theatre on campus. In conjunction with the Moukhin show, a public talk by internationally known photo critic A.D. Coleman is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 14 in the Lory Student Center.

Moukhin is a contemporary Russian photographer whose works have received great acclaim in Russia, Europe and the United States. His pictures of Soviet monuments after the fall of the USSR, Russian youth and the city of Moscow at night provide fascinating glimpses into the legacy of Communism and a society in flux. His work extends from the 1980s, an epoch that was marked by the emergence of underground art in the USSR, through the vibrant art scene in Moscow today. Moukhin’s work post-perestroika has focused upon the hardships Russians face, brought on by vestiges of the old Soviet economy and mentality.

Born in Moscow in 1961, Moukhin studied at construction industry school. He began his photography career in the mid 1980s with work for privately published rock magazines. In 1986 he participated in his first group exhibition, and in 1987 he had his first solo exhibition at Moscow State University. He has continued to exhibit his work in Russia and internationally, and his photography is part of major collections around the world including at the MoMA, the Denver Art Museum, the Arabella Hopewell Collection in London, the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum in New Jersey, the Maison Europeenne de la Photographie in Paris, the Museum Moscow House of Photography and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Moukhin will come to campus as part of the Critic and Artist Residency Series. The Moukhin exhibit is made possible, in part, by the FUNd at Colorado State University and by Paul and Teresa Harbaugh.

Coleman’s visit to campus is also part of the Critic and Artist Residency Series. Coleman is an internationally known writer on photography, visual culture and new digital media. Since 1967 he has published numerous articles in the "Village Voice," the "New York Times," "ARTnews," "Photo Metro," European Photography" and "Art in America." He is the author of several books on photography including "Tarnished Silver: After the Photo Boom," "The Digital Evolution: Photography in the Electronic Age" and "Depth of Field: Essays on Photography, Mass Media and Lens Culture." The recipient of many honors, Coleman’s 1995 book, "Critical Focus: Photography in the International Image Community," was awarded the Infinity Award for Writing on Photography from the International Center of Photography.

Coleman’s visit is made possible by the FUNd at Colorado State University.

All events are free and open to the public. The Hatton Gallery is located in the Visual Arts Building on the Colorado State campus. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Visitor parking is available at the Z parking lot located on Meridian Avenue and Pitkin Street. Parking for evening events is free.

For more information, call (970) 491-1989.