Roger Vail: Inconspicuous Places

September 12 through October 27, 2012

Roger Vail, beloved CSU Sacramento photography professor is recently retired from teaching. This new exhibit of beautiful and evocative urban narratives moves Vail into new territory. “Our waking existence,” writes Walter Benjamin, “is a land full of inconspicuous places from which dreams arise.  All day long, suspecting nothing, we pass them by, but no sooner has sleep come than we are eagerly groping our way back to lose ourselves in the dark corridors.” When a photographer of Vail’s stature can really devote time to documenting his observations, this is what we get urban masterpieces, layers of mundane and profound reflections.

Vail received his MFA from the Chicago Art Institute. His work can be found in many prestigious collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Princeton University Art Museum, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, and the Oakland Museum.

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