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The MAN Podcast: Carleton Watkins in SoCal

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Huntington curator Jennifer A. Watts, a leading expert on Carleton Watkins. Watts contributed two essays to “Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs,” which was recently published by the Getty. I reviewed the book here and included it in my 2011 top ten list here.

Watts’s essays address two of Watkins’s lesser-known series: his California missions photographs and his pictures of southern California and Kern County. The Huntington has over 300 Watkins mammoth-plate pictures and hundreds of other Watkinses, making it the second-largest repository of Watkins’ art.

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In our conversation, Watts and I discuss:

  • The genesis and the particular challenges of Watkins’ California Missions Project;
  • New research regarding the relationship between Watkins and his patron and fellow Oneonta, New York native Collis P. Huntington;
  • The discovery of a third print of a Watkins masterpiece;
  • Why Watkins, mostly famed for his photographs of Yosemite, the Sierra Nevada, the Pacific Northwest and San Francisco, finally traveled to Southern California late in his career; and
  • Whether Watkins essentially created the photographic series.

In this week’s draft, The Stranger art critic Jen Graves and I burrow into “Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs” to pick some favorite individual artworks. Graves reviewed the book here.

The Modern Art Notes Podcast is an independent production of Modern Art Notes Media. It is released under this Creative Commons license. For images of the works discussed on this week’s program, click through to the jump.

Carleton Watkins, Mission San Carlos del Carmelo, ca. 1877. Collection of Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, Calif.

Carleton Watkins, Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, ca. 1877. Collection of Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, Calif.

Carleton Watkins, Mission San Fernando Rey, ca. 1877. Collection of Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, Calif.

Carleton Watkins, Pasadena, Below Carter’s Ranch, 1877. Collection of Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, Calif.

Carleton Watkins, Late George Cling Peaches, 1889. Collection of Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, Calif.

Carleton Watkins, Casa Grande, Pre-Historic Ruins. Collection of the Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley. Via Calisphere.

Carleton Watkins, Casa Grande, Pre-Historic Ruins. Collection of the Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley. Via Calisphere.

Carleton Watkins, Casa Grande, Pre-Historic Ruins. Collection of the Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley. Via Calisphere.

Carleton Watkins, Twin Redwoods, Palo Alto, 1870. Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Carleton Watkins, Town of Bear Valley from Oso Mine, 1859-60. Collection of the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley. Via Calisphere.

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