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Peter Cochrane: 'The Magician Longs to See'

Every week from January 19, 2024 until April 13, 2024.
Tuesday: 10 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday: 10 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday: 10 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 5:30 PM
Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
All Ages
Opening reception: 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19

Opening reception:
6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19

About the exhibition:
In his exhibition "The Magician Longs to See," photographer Peter Cochrane presents an alchemical tale about the natural world and humanity, using stories of life, death, and the human desire to preserve. Cochrane draws inspiration from indigenous plants in his home state of California and from the Athenaeum Music & Art Library’s own botanical archives. Darkroom prints and abstractions of roses, pine cones, and other local plantings recreate traces of life that once lived in and around the library, including the Torrey pine that stood as a sentinel for the building’s entrance, and climbing roses proposed by Kate Sessions for a 1921 garden renovation. Cochrane’s interest in horticultural and photographic histories also considers the optical manifestation of the alchemical pursuit—the transformation of lead into gold—through which, working with analog photographic processes, metals, and translations, the artist explores the materiality of elements across humanity’s attempts at preservation. Cochrane returns to his hometown of San Diego for his exhibition. The reception is open to the public. The exhibition will be on view through April 13, 2024.

Gallery hours:
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday

Related links:
Athenaeum Music and Arts Library website | Instagram | Facebook

Artist Group Info

Peter Cochrane

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

1008 Wall St.
La Jolla, California 92037

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