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Artist's Talk: Richard Misrach

1991: The Oakland-Berkeley Fire Aftermath Photographs by Richard Misrach




October 12, 2011; 43 Minutes; Video

Photographer Richard Misrach discusses the work on view in 1991: The Oakland-Berkeley Fire Aftermath, Photographs by Richard Misrach.

The Oakland-Berkeley Fire Aftermath photographs have shifted in their meaning over the past twenty years, from journalistic reportage to historical record. Visitors to the museum can participate in this recording of history by contributing their own recollections and reflections to a handmade book in the galleries, what Misrach calls an “elegy ledger,” that will join the photographs as part of the community’s collective memory of the 1991 firestorm and its aftermath.

Lucinda Barnes
Chief Curator and Director of Programs and Collections


The Oakland Museum of California’s presentation of 1991: The Oakland-Berkeley Fire Aftermath, Photographs by Richard Misrach is on view from October 15, 2011 through February 12, 2012. BAM/PFA members may view their presentation at no charge with proof of membership.

1991: The Oakland-Berkeley Fire Aftermath, Photographs by Richard Misrach is made possible by the generous support of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation and BAM/PFA members.