Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery
at Keene State College
Moments in Time: Master Photographs from the Currier
A photography exhibit spanning the 160-year history of the art form will open the 2000-01 season at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery on the Keene State College campus.
"Moments in Time: Master Photographs from the Currier" showcases the rare and historic photographs collected by the Currier Gallery of Art in Manchester, N.H. The black-and-white photographs in the exhibit include works by popular artists Edward Steichen and Ansel Adams along with innovators in the field such as Alfred Stieglitz and Man Ray (Emanuel Rudnitsky). (left: Philippe Halsman (1906-1979), Portrait of Salvador Dali, c. 1940, Invitation image for exhibition postcard)
Kurt Sundstrom, assistant curator of the Currier Gallery of Art, will lead a walk through the exhibit at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, as part of the opening reception scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
"I think there is enough variety in this exhibit to pique people's interest," says Maureen Ahern, director of the Thorne-Sagendorph. Photographs range from portraits of scientists Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin to artists Andy Warhol and Marcel Duchamp to writers and dignitaries T. Russell Lowell and Chief Little Wound of the Ogalalla Sioux. (left: André Kertész (1894-1985), Self Portrait with Life Masks, 1976)
The exhibit captures historical moments such as the Civil War battlefield of New Hope Church, Georgia, photographed by George Barnard in 1864. Other images document social issues such as the hardships of the unemployed and poverty stricken in "Striking Worker Murdered" and "Public Thirst," two 1934 works by Manuel Alvarez Bravo.
Some works emphasize the innovations in photography including a daguerreotype created on silver-plated copper by Louis J. M. Daguerre in 1839 and a 1930 rayograph devised by Man Ray using shadows of objects projected directly on photosensitive paper.
The images are displayed in chronological order to illustrate artistic developments and technical advances in photography. Within this historical framework are groupings in portraiture, landscape, modernism, still life, and documentary photographs. "These groupings show the diverse manner in which photographers throughout time have approached similar subject matter," explains Ahern.
"Moments in Time" has a New Hampshire connection with several works by Lotte Jacobi. Jacobi apprenticed in her father's photo studio in Berlin, emigrated to New York in 1935, and in 1955 moved to Deering, N.H., where she is credited with influencing many prominent Granite State photographers.
Showing concurrently with "Moments in Time" will be "Selections from the Collection," an exhibition of recent donations and other art in the Thorne's permanent collection including works by 19th-century artists who flourished around Mount Monadnock and contemporary artists such as photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Both exhibits will open Saturday, Sept. 9, and continue through Sunday, Oct. 29, 2000. The reception and both exhibits are free and open to the public.
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