Janna Ireland’s photographic practice is primarily concerned with the themes of family, home, and the expression of Black identity in American culture. In 2016, she began photographing structures designed by legendary Black architect Paul R. Williams. A collection of 250 of these photographs was published in the 2020 monograph, Regarding Paul R. Williams: A Photographer’s View. These multiple aspects of Ireland’s work will be featured, with Mr. Wylie offering insights throughout our tour.
Since June 2016 Charlie Wylie has been the Curator of Photography and New Media at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. In that time, he has originated exhibitions on the installations of the Japanese media artist, Tatsuo Miyajima; the rarely-seen photographs of Ellsworth Kelly, and an upcoming mid-career survey of Los Angeles-based artist, Janna Ireland. He also coordinated the major historical exhibition, Salt & Silver: Early Photography, 1840-1860, organized by the Wilson Centre for Photography and the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT. Wylie has overseen the acquisition via gift and purchase of over 600 photographs to the Museum’s collection, many of which have appeared in his thematically-focused exhibitions. Wylie served as Graduate Intern in the Getty Museum’s Department of Photographs, and was a curator of contemporary art, whose projects included photography and new media, at The Saint Louis Art Museum and the Dallas Museum of Art. He received his BA in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame and his MA in the History of Art from Williams College.
Janna Ireland lives in Los Angeles, where she is an assistant professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Occidental College. A broad selection of Ireland’s work was included in the exhibition Family Album: Dannielle Bowman, Janna Ireland and Contemporary Works from LACMA at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Charles White Elementary School Gallery. Ireland’s photographs are held in the permanent collections of institutions including LACMA, the Nevada Museum of Art, the California African American Museum, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago.
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