The University of New Mexico Art Museum presents a retrospective exhibition and monograph on the work of photographer Patrick Nagatani, Sept. 10-Dec. 19. The opening reception is on Friday, Sept. 10, 5-7 p.m. "Desire for Magic: Patrick Nagatani 1978-2008" brings seminal projects together the first time in a comprehensive retrospective, including examples from Nagatani | Tracey Polaroid Collaborations, the Japanese American Concentration Camps portfolio, Nuclear Enchantment, Novellas, Nagatani | Ryoichi Excavations, Chromatherapy and the large masking tape works he calls Tape-estries.

Michele Penhall, curator of prints and photographs at the UNM Art Museum, organized the exhibition. She said Nagatani's "projects are densely layered and require from the viewer a serious commitment in looking. Nagatani's direction and staging… present circumstances that lead us to question the images before our eyes. His imaginary worlds collide with what we know. Within each body of work he investigates a wide range of themes that includes autobiography, popular culture, alternative medicine, the post-nuclear world and our fragile, ever-changing environment. Always keenly aware about the history of a place, Nagatani has used the New Mexico landscape as center stage for much of his extraordinary work."

Nagatani was born in Chicago in 1945 and in 1980 received a Master of Fine Arts at UCLA, where he studied with renowned conceptual photographer Robert Heinecken. Nagatani has had more than 60 solo exhibitions throughout North America and Japan and his work has been included in dozens of group exhibitions. He received two Visual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Distinguished Artist Award, an Individual Photographer's Fellowship from the Aaron Siskind Foundation, the Honored Educator Award from the Society for Photographic Education and other awards.

The exhibition is accompanied by a 260-page, full-color monograph published by the University of New Mexico Art Museum. The monograph includes 122 color plates, seven critical essays, a comprehensive bibliography and exhibition history, and previously unpublished texts significant to particular projects.

The UNM Art Museum is in the Center for the Arts. Paid parking is available in the Cornell Parking Structure. The museum is open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, 1-4 p.m.

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