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Colorado River: Artfully Engineered

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Event Information

  • Date & Time: Daily through Jan. 16, 2019, 9am-5pm
  • Location: Desert Living Center Patio Gallery
  • Admission: FREE for members or with paid general admission.
  • RSVP: No reservations required.

In 2015 photographer Cody Brothers of Farmington, New Mexico explored the art deco design of many of the public water infrastructure buildings and structures along the Colorado River. The artist is well known for his black and white pinhole photography and works almost entirely with infrared film.

Art Deco is a design aesthetic closely associated with the 1920s and 1930s. By the close of the 1940s, its popularity was in steep decline. Called style moderne there, Art Deco was hugely popular in Western Europe before coming to the United States. The style is characterized by sleek lines and simple shapes presented in symmetry, as opposed to traditional forms that might have included elaborate or ornate ornamentation (gargoyles on the sides of building or embellished balustrades, for example). Locally, the Hoover Dam is the quintessential example of an art deco structure.

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