The inaugural exhibition of the nonprofit Hi-Desert Cultural Center at its Joshua Tree Gallery of Contemporary Art, in collaboration with ARTCO, will feature works by legendary photographer Michael Childers and Gordon Clark through Sunday, March 13.
EMERGENCE features Childers’ newest body of work, Nude Fusions (2021); photos of celebrities Andy Warhol and Grace Jones; and selections from his LA Drag Ball (1974), the famous drag party with costume designers, set decorators, industry professionals, and creative people Childers shot for Italian Vogue. There are also photos of the Palm Springs White Party series (2002) that have never been shown before.
“The photos are moving and stunning,” Anne Sholtz, volunteer CFO at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center.
Childers’ credits include more than 200 magazine covers, including Elle, Vogue, GQ andEsquire, and Elle. He served as a photographer for Andy Warhol’s Interview and After Dark magazines, and has created some of the most renowned portraits of the world’s biggest celebrities.
Childers said during a recent interview that while his brothers and sisters became lawyers and doctors, his life quest was to have a great artistic adventure.