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Northlight Gallery presents Manifest Destiny: A Conversation

February 11, 2012

The ASU School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts presents the photographic exhibition, Manifest Destiny: A Conversation in conjunction with Manifest Destiny Exhibition.

On the 100th anniversary of Arizona’s statehood, the exhibition Manifest Destiny features artists living in the West whose work acknowledges the complexity of our past viewed through a contemporary perspective that recognizes the value of cultural and biological diversity and the intricate web through which all of it is connected. The exhibition runs from February 14 to March 31 at Northlight Gallery. Three of the artists featured in the exhibition will give an artists' talk on Wed., Feb. 15 at 7:00 p.m. at Recital Hall in the Music Building.

Nicholas Galanin’s works titled Curtis’s Legacy respond to an idealization of the “Indian” that Edward S. Curtis depicted in his North American Indian series. Galanin’s works directly engage the viewer in the objectification of their subject.

The Western Waters series by Sant Khalsa documents the increasing number of water stores in the west and recognizes “… the absurdity of these stores, and the way they seek to represent the source of a natural experience…with names, such as ‘Pure Water.’”

In their image 100 Sunsets ASU School of Art Regents' Professor of Photography Mark Klett and photo artist Byron Wolfe composited 100 images of sunsets at the rim of the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona gleaned from the photo-sharing website, Flickr. This photographic montage underscores the instrumental role that visual representation played in defining the Grand Canyon as a scenic wonder.

As Arizona looks to the next 100 years its residents have the benefit of a contemporary awareness that recognizes the richness of its cultural heritage and the complexity of our relationship to each other and the land. Galanin, Khalsa and Klett will present their work and engage the audience in a conversation about how their images relate to Arizona's past, present and future.

Manifest Destiny is part of PHOTOtapas held from February 14 – 19 at Northlight Gallery, Art Intersection in Gilbert and Tilt Gallery in Phoenix. PHOTOtapas, a fine art photography event, celebrates the medium's past, present, and future by offering the community a sampling of photo-related activities including exhibitions, lectures, seminars, demonstrations and portfolio sharing. Sponsored by Art Intersection, Jeremy Rowe Vintage Photography, Northlight Gallery at Arizona State University, and Tilt Gallery. For more information see

Recital Hall Room E510 in the Music Building located on the ASU, Tempe Campus. Parking is available in the visitors' lot on the southeast corner of Mill and University. Please reference the campus map.

Artists' Talk: Wed. Feb. 15, 2012, 7 p.m.


Public Contact
Liz Allen
ASU School of Art
Northlight Gallery director

The School of Art is a division of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Its printmaking, photography and art education programs are nationally ranked in the top 10, and its Master of Fine Arts program is ranked eighth among public institutions by U.S.News & World Report. The school includes four student galleries for solo and group shows by graduate and undergraduate art and photography students: Gallery 100, Harry Wood, Northlight and Step. To learn more about the School of Art, visit

Media Contact:
Liz Allen
ASU School of Art
Northlight Gallery director