Photographer Marilyn Szabo to host solo exhibit in downtown Phoenix


Royse Contemporary presents the Kachina of Atonement, the solo exhibition of artist Marilyn Szabo at Langmade Project Space in downtown Phoenix.

The Kachina of Atonement is a photographic-based installation with video and forms, highlighting the imagery which Ms. Szabo captured, according to a press release.

This exhibition and collection of work examines themes of exploration, conquering and atonement. This form is a mile long mesa in northern Arizona which Ms. Szabo discovered while flying. She says she perceives this formation as a kachina.

“It has come to represent several themes: personal atonement, history, and geography of the area,” she said in a prepared statement.

This land formation is now on Navajo Reservation, but in the past, it was Hopi lands. The Kachina of Atonement has come to be Ms. Szabo’s “Moby Dick”, intriguing, mysterious, and challenging, a release claims.

The images captured during Ms. Szabo’s numerous visits to the site paired with the riveting installation, highlight her depth and vision as an artist.

Ms. Szabo received her Bachelors of Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University in History. Wanting something “less academic” she began taking photography courses.

Since then she has exhibited both nationally and internationally, garnering numerous awards and grants including the National Photography Award by Alligator Juniper in 2010. Her work can be found in many public and private collections throughout the U.S.

She has received a Phoenix Arts Commission Artist Project Award for portraits of the builders of Terminal Four, Sky Harbor Airport, a Phoenix Art Museum Artist material Grant and from Phoenix Arts Commission an Artist Project Award for portraits of iconic Chicano artists.

In 2014, Ms. Szabo curated the 168-page book At Work in Arizona: the First 100 Years was published, which features 160 images and 80 of her photographs including portraits of Arizona personalities. Royse Contemporary represents her work.

Kachina of Atonement opened to the public on First Friday, Nov. 1. The Grand Avenue Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 with after hours from 8-10 p.m.

The event is a walking festival highlighting the arts, small businesses, adaptive re-use, recycling and the history of lower Grand Avenue. Ms. Szabo’s work will be for sale all day and there will be a free artist reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. during the festival.

An Artist Talk with Ms. Szabo and Marshall Shore will be from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 at Langmade Project Space, where they will discuss The Kachina of Atonement.

There will also be a visual presentation and discussion of “Arizona Midcentury, 1950-1970, The Photographs of Jim Gorraiz.” Ms. Szabo and Mr. Shore have been researching and developing a coffee table book of Gorraiz’s iconic midcentury Arizona photographs. An additional reception for Kachina of Atonement will be from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15.

Kachina of Atonement will be on display at Langmade Space through Dec. 6. Langmade Project Space is at 1345 W. McKinley St.