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Brian Ulrich: Copia-Retail, Thrift, and Dark Stores, 2001-11 at the Cleveland Museum of Art

CLEVELAND, OH.- The Cleveland Museum of Art presents the first major museum exhibition of contemporary photographer Brian Ulrich’s work from a decade-long examination of the American consumer psyche in Copia—Retail, Thrift, and Dark Stores, 2001-11. From the Latin word for “plenty,” the artist’s Copia series explores economic, cultural and political implications of commercialism and American consumer culture. The exhibition, featuring almost 60 photographs, will be on view from August 27, 2011 to January 16, 2012 in the museum’s east wing photography galleries. “Brian Ulrich has built a formidable reputation through his work, which is both visually powerful and technically accomplished,” says C. Griffith Mann, Cleveland Museum of Art chief curator. “His photographs offer haunting images that explore the landscapes of American consumer culture. Ulrich’s work invites us to c