Long Beach

Candida Höfer, Kurmittelhaus Wenningstedt I, 1979, color photograph, 15 x 22 1/2".

Candida Höfer, Kurmittelhaus Wenningstedt I, 1979, color photograph, 15 x 22 1/2".

Long Beach

Candida Höfer

University Art Museum (UAM) at California State University
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
January 25–April 17, 2005

Norton Museum of Art
1451 South Olive Avenue
October 15, 2005–January 8, 2006

Curated by Constance W. Glenn

Around 1980, people started to disappear from Candida Höfer's photographs. If you look at her images long enough, writes poet Michael Krüger, you can imagine a world without humans. Best known for her interiors, from the Palacio Real Madrid to Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Höfer has traveled the world in search of architectures of extraordinary tranquility and silence. Her dedication to absence is perhaps the best indication of her training in Bernd and Hilla Becher's photography program in the '70s. Compared to classmates Gursky, Ruff, and Struth, she has gained relatively little attention in the US. That may change with this fifty-work career survey.

Travels to the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, CA, Oct. 15–Jan. 8, 2006; and other venues.