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Monday, June 19, 2017

May 31 to Jun 24

 

A Keen Eye & Soft Focus:
Pictorialism Revisited

May 31 - June 25
Curator's Talk | Tuesday, June 20, 4:30-6pm

About the Exhibition

A Keen Eye and Soft Focus, guest curated by Susan Danly, presents the work of Francis Orville Libby (1883-1961), one of Maine’s first art photographers, a leading pictorialist, and an early president of the Portland Camera Club alongside the work of contemporary photographers who share some of his early aesthetic concerns. For over a century -- from the turn of the 20th century to the 21st century of today -- art photography has included a range of approaches.  From detailed, sharp focus images in black and white to softly focused pictures in muted color, modern photographers have produced a wealth of images that convey mood, artful expression, and impressionistic views of our surroundings – both rural and industrial. The exhibition will highlight work by contemporary, Maine-based photographers Judy Glickman Lauder, Koichiro Kurita, Amy Parrish, Shoshannah White, David Wolfe among others, following in Libby’s footsteps.

About the Curator

Guest Curator Susan Danly served as Curator of Graphics, Photography and Contemporary Art at the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) from 2002 to 2011 before becoming Senior Curator in 2012.  Recently retired, Danly earned a doctorate in photographic history at Brown University.  Danly previously worked at the Mead Art Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Huntington Library and Art Gallery.  Among her numerous publications are books on the photographs of Edward Weston and Thomas Eakins, and Georgia O’Keeffe and the Photograph. At the Portland Museum of Art, she curated numerous exhibitions devoted to the art of Maine, including three Biennial exhibitions, a series of shows dealing with historical and contemporary photography in Maine, and several exhibitions of graphics from the PMA’s permanent collection.  Danly co-authored Maine Photography: A History, 1840-2015, published last year in conjunction with the Maine Photo Project.

 

This exhibition is co-presented by the Portland Camera Club. Click here to find out more about the club.

 

Jun 19

Join us for a talk with photographer, Cig Harvey, at The Rockport Opera House –– Monday, June 19th, 7:30PM.

Cig Harvey’s work has been displayed at Paris Photo, Art Miami, and AIPAD every year since 2006. She has been a nominee for John Gutmann fellowship and the Santa Fe Prize, and a finalist for the BMW Prize at Paris Photo and for the Prix Virginia, an international photography prize for women. 

Cig’s devotion to visual storytelling has lead to innovative international campaigns and features with New York Magazine, Harper's Bazaar Japan, Kate Spade, and Bloomingdales. Cig teaches workshops and regularly speaks on her work and processes at institutions around the world. She is known for her high energy, sense of humor and creativity. She brings a profound sense of optimism to all that she does.

Cig lives in a farmhouse in the Midcoast of Maine with her husband Doug (who has the profile of an emperor on a Roman coin), their wayward daughter Scout, and Scarlet the dog (the original baby). The slow passing of time and the natural surroundings of her rural home has made her alert to the magic in the mundane.