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by L.O'Connor

"Seeing Egypt" begins with unrecognizable satellite images and photograph by photograph takes the reader closer to the Great pyramids, finally delivering the author's own panoramic, awestruck experience at the base of these wonders. Commentary captures these monuments, the incredibility of their duration, and ability to defy time. As the photographs progress, the images move from real photos to painted panoramas, the commentary shifting from mention of gridded pictures to "the pearl of Egypt" and "her, the mistress of both worlds", leaving the reader with a looming question: is the awestruck presence of these pyramids, their ability to reject the wearing of time, the mysticism behind such concrete structures "is it really Isis or is Isis just parading, masquerading as a brunette" on panoramic movie-set-screens?

Seeing Egypt

Jim Snitzer

title note: [L. O'Connor]


Jim Snitzer

type: other


born: US

location: Chicago

note: Jim Snitzer was probably born between about 1948 and 1950. [J.Drucker]

Publication Information

publisher: Chicago Books

publication: 1980

publication history: Copyright Jim Snitzer, 1980 A Chicago Book []

Aesthetic Profile

conceptual (AAT)

history (AAT)
travel literature (AAT)

themes: Pyramids, Seven Wonders of the World, Time []

content form:
documentary (local)
picture book (AAT)
visual narrative (local)

publication tradition:
multiples (AAT)

inspiration: []

related works: []

other influences: []

community: press [J.Drucker]

note: []

Exhibition Information

exhibition history: 2004 Jim Snitzer/Peter Feldstein (2-person exhibition) Icon Gallery 51, Fairfield, Iowa Jim Snitzer/Peter Feldstein (2-person exhibition), SMSU Art Gallery, Springfield, MO. 2003 "Cultured Landscapes" (1-person exhibition) Southern Light Gallery, Amarillo College, Amarillo, Texas "Yosemite Renaissance XXVIII" Yosemite Museum Gallery, Yosemite, CA. Juror's Award. 2002 "Mysterium Photographicum", group exhibition, Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL. "Yosemite Renaissance XXVII" Yosemite Museum Gallery, Yosemite, CA 2001 "Constructed Landscapes" (1 person show) Weitzman Gallery, Washington University, St. Louis, MO "Constructed Images" ( 2-person show) Hollins University Art Gallery, Roanoke VA "Is Seeing Believing" The Real, The Surreal, The Unreal in Contemporary Photography" The North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh and The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Jacksonville, Fl. Catalogue 2000 "74th Annual Print Show" The Print Center, Philadelphia. Award 1999 " 12th Annual McNeese National Works on Paper", McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA. Catalogue 1997 "Faculty Exhibit", University of Iowa Museum of Art 1996 "Art in Chicago 1945-1995", Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago 1995 "The Future of the Book of the Future", Keio University, Tokyo, Japan. 1994 52nd Annual Juried Exhibition, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA, Catalogue. "The Future of the Book of the Future", University of Alaska, Anchorage, Catalogue. 1993 University of Iowa Center for the Book, Grinnell Community Art Center, Grinnell, Iowa. 1992 "Books As Art", Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida, Catalogue. Biennial Juried Exhibition, Muscatine Art Center, Muscatine, Iowa, Juried, Awarded 1st Place.. "Artists' Books", Selections from the Permanent Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. "Forty-third Annual Chicago Book Clinic Book Show", Traveling, Award Recipient.. 1991 "Hitting the Books; Selections from Leading US Book Arts Education Programs", Traveled to: Minnesota Center for Book Arts; Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester; University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. 1990 "Learn to Read: Artists? Books", Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. "Un Libro Mas", El Archivero, Mexico City. "Book as Image", University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City... 1989 "Artists in Residence: Yosemite Museum of Art", Fresno Metropolitan Museum, and Stanislaus State University Art Gallery (Traveling). 1988 "Faculty Exhibit", University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City. "19th Annual Juried Exhibition", Muscatine Art Center. 1987 "Post War American Photo Books", Fine Arts Gallery, University of Colorado. "American Artists' Books", New Delhi, India, Sponsored by US Information Agency. "Armchair Traveling: For the Snow Bound in New York", Watson Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. "University of Iowa Faculty", Blanden Memorial Art Museum, Fort Dodge, Iowa. 1986 "Artists' Books Exhibition and Sale", Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1985 "Artists' Books from the Permanent Collection", Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. "Artists' Books", Iowa City/Johnson County Arts Center. 1984 "American Artists in Print", Barcelona and Cologne Bookfair, USIS Cultural Centers in Cameroon, Liberia and Senegal. "Offset - A Survey of Artists Books", New England Foundation for the Arts, Traveling. "Photo-Offset RE-Productions", Cameraworks Gallery, San Francisco. 1982 "New Kid in Town", CHICAGO BOOKS at the Center for Book Arts, New York City. "Yosemite View Finders: Social Perspectives on Landscape Photography", UCLA. "Artists' Books", William Patterson College, Wayne, New Jersey. 1981 "Artists' Books", Kathryn Markel Gallery, New York City. "Artists' Books: Exhibition and Reading Room", ZONE, Springfield, Massachusetts. "Artists' Books from North America", Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, West Germany. "Artists' Books", Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. 1981 "Words and Images: A Contemporary Survey of Artists Books", Philadelphia Art Alliance, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. "Print III", The Print Club, Philadelphia. 1980 "Re: Pages", Traveling Exhibit Organized by The New England Foundation of the Arts. "Silkscreen Prints", California State University, Fullerton. "Artists' Books", Organized by Franklin Furnace for Citibank, New York. 1979 "CHICAGO BOOKS at Franklin Furnace", New York. 1978 "One Man Show", Midway Studios, University of Chicago. "Facts/Fictions/Fancies", University of Colorado, Boulder. "Visual Time Structures", Hartford College of Art. "Artists' Books", organized by Independent Curators, Inc., Washington D.C. Traveling. "The Art of Offset Printing", The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Catalogue. 1977 "Cameraless Image Show", Columbia College, Chicago. Juror's Award. "Extended Frame", organized by Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, New York. Traveled to SUNY at Purchase, Pottsdam, Alfred and Sarah Lawrence College. "Recent Acquisitions", San Francisco Museum of Art. 1976-77 "Invitational Exhibition of American Photographs", Buffalo, New York. Awarded Second and Third Prize, Catalogue. 1974 "24 from LA", San Francisco Museum of Art.

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