scottsdale museum of contemporary art


Down in Scottsdale yesterday to meet up with some photographers and deliver a family portrait. I stopped by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and was reminded of how powerful art can be. I had no idea what was on display but just thought I’d get a quick lift.

Wow! A different experience awaited me within those walls.

Betye Sarr has been creating art about the black experience in the United States for over 60 years. And it was a poignant reminder of how terrible we were as a people. Even to having a constant ‘put in your place’ language that started with children. One piece especially moved me deep to the core.

It was very simple.

A dress hanging from the ceiling.

Hemmed with offending words suspended above a small child’s chair with a small framed portrait of a black child.

Two spotlights.

A corner.

betye sarr loss of innocence‘A loss of innocence.’

detail loos of innocence betye sarrDetail

detail loss of innocenceFrom ‘Loss of Innocence’ Dress detail showing the repetitive words hemmed into the dress – Tar Baby, Niggerbaby and Pickaninny.

I was moved.

From the SMOCA Description of Betye’s Show

There is a touch of alchemy to Betye Saar’s artwork: transforming the simple and mundane into powerful art. Since the 1960s, her compelling, astute and expressive works reflect on African- American identity, spirituality and the inter-connectedness between different cultures. This timely retrospective brings together recent work as well as historical pieces created over her six decade long career… more

I wonder if I will ever be able to create art that moves people as much as this installation moved me.I think we as photographers can find inspiration from many different places..

How about you? Where do you find inspiration??

Yours in Creative Photography,     Bob

PS – images were captured with the Lumix LX100. I call this sweet little camera the ‘Pro’s point & shoot’. Solid magnesium body, all necessary exposure controls available on the outside on click stop dials. 24-75mm f1.7-f2.8 Leica lens.

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  2. Sherry Saudi on said:

    I also find inspiration at the museums. It helps me to think outside of the typical shoots/images that everyone seems to do. Hopefully making my photographic journey a little more creative..

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