Monuments: 276 Views of the United States-Mexico Border

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Photographs by David Taylor of the obelisks that mark the international border. Presenting a complex physical, social and political typography.

March 3-April 30

David Taylor lives and works in Tucson, Arizona, where he is a member of the faculty at the University of Arizona School of Art. His work that examines issues of place, history, territory and politics has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Numerous museums hold his work including, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College, The New Mexico Museum of Art and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

Monuments: 276 Views of the United States-Mexico Border, his second book, is equal parts geographic survey, typology, and endurance project. Working in the mode of photographer D. R. Payne, who documented each of the Border Monuments as they were installed in the 1890s by the International Boundary Commission, Taylor produces a contemporary resurvey at a critical moment. The document reveals a border in transition with the inscrutable monuments acting as witness to a shifting national identity as expressed through an altered physical terrain. The monograph of Taylor’s completed work is newly available from Radius Books and the Nevada Museum of Art. In 2016 he will exhibit the project at the Nevada Museum of Art and The Phoenix Art Museum with other venues forthcoming.