Tennessee Botanical Garden and Museum of Art

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Temporary Contemporary: Recent Landscapes by Sally Mann


Cheekwood announces the arrival of "Temporary Contemporary: Recent Landscapes by Sally Mann." This Temporary Contemporary exhibit will feature selected pieces from "Deep South: Landscapes of Mississippi and Louisiana" and "Mother Land: Recent Landscapes of Georgia and Virginia" and will be on display June 2 - July 31, 2000. There will be an opening reception on Friday, June 2 from 6-8 pm. (left: Untitled, from the "Deep South" series, 1998, Courtesy Edwyn Hook Gallery)

In 1997, after 12 years of photographing her family in the celebrated Immediate Family series, Sally Mann began photographing landscapes. Mann, who believes landscapes are haunted, or inhabited with the history of those who have resided there, sees landscapes as a natural extension of portraiture. The lyrical photographs from Mother Land: Landscapes of Georgia and Virginia" and "Deep South: Landscapes of Mississippi and Louisiana," consequently, are the results of Mann's efforts to capture the personality of Southern landscapes as if she were taking a portrait. Mann, who unabashedly asserts the romantic essence of her work, succeeds in creating images that, like Immediate Family, resonate with a deeply personal sense of place and are steeped in a dreamy Southern mystique.

Mann used her trademark 8 x 10 camera to photograph these images. Her Southern landscapes reinvent the genre of landscape photography by using the built-in flaws of old lenses - such as light leaks, dirt specks, and hairs - and intentionally manipulating the negatives with techniques such as deliberate scratching. Her images create a body of work with a sense of age, poignancy and loss not often found in contemporary photography.

Mann lives and works from her home in Virginia. Mann has received three National Endowment for the Arts grants, two national Endowment for the Humanities grants and a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Her work can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Readers may also enjoy our recent articles Sally Mann Photography (3/30/00) and Still Time: Photographs by Sally Mann (2/23/99).

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