Archive for January 18, 2008

Susan kae Grant’s “NIGHT JOURNEY” Exhibition at the Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography; Artist’s Lecture on 2/19

From the Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography website:

Susan kae Grant’s long-term project “NIGHT JOURNEY” is on view at the Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography, January 19 – March 16, 2008

Photographic visualizations based on personal dream researches.

52/56 Avenue A at Second Street, Downtown Turners Falls, Massachusetts

About Night Journeys & Susan kae Grant
“Night Journeys” embodies the collaboration of artistic creativity and sleep laboratory methodology in the exploration of REM sleep, memory, and the unconscious. The work is composed of a series of intriguingly haunting large-scale images that recreate the fragmented and multi sensorial experience of dreaming. The inspiration for the project came from the artist’s desire to conduct an inquiry into the subconscious, which led to her experiences sleeping as a subject in a sleep laboratory.

To produce the work, Grant collaborated with John Herman, PhD, at the sleep research laboratory of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. To access unconscious visual memory, Grant used herself as subject and was digitally monitored and awakened from REM sleep and then interrogated by trained technicians. Grant used the tapes of these narrative interviews as inspiration to create the imagery for the series.

The shadow gestures depicted in the images suggest a fragmented narrative as they shift in and out of focus signifying the impermanent quality of the dream-state. To create the gestures and narratives inspired by the dream recordings, Grant photographs shadows of models and props in her studio.

The Night Journeys series examines the perceptual and psychological aspects of the dream-state and provides a pictorial access to the unconscious. It raises universal questions among viewers and re-creates an unexplainable experience all humans share.

Susan kae Grant resides and maintains her studio in Dallas, Texas. She was awarded an MFA in Photography and Book Arts from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and has been a Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at Texas Woman’s University for many years.

Ms. Grant has also lectured internationally at museums and galleries, as well as teaching at the International Center for Photography, New York. The Society for Photographic Education has twice presented her with awards for teaching excellence, as has The Santa Fe Center for Photography.

Susan has exhibited her photographic work in Canada, Europe, Australia, Africa and Japan, in addition to many venues in the U.S. She was recently honored with a thirty-year retrospective exhibition in Dallas, Texas. Her work may be found in many collections including: J. Paul Getty Museum, New York Public Library, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, George Eastman House and The Victoria and Albert Museum National Library.

Night Journeys will be the Inaugural Exhibition in Hallmark Museum’s new gallery facilities at 52/56 Avenue A at the corner of 2nd Street.”

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Elliott Erwitt Lecture at Center for Creative Photography, January 25th

Center for Creative Photography Artist’s Talk with Elliott Erwitt
Photographer Elliott Erwitt will discuss highlights from his 60-year career in a public lecture at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona (Tucson); the talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, January 25th in the auditorium at the CCP.

Erwitt, a long time member of Magnum Photos, is well known for his black and white candid images of ironic and absurd situations within everyday settings. Click here to read a recent article on Erwitt in the Telegraph.

This lecture is co-sponsored by Etherton Gallery, 135 South Sixth Avenue in Tucson, which will open an exhibition of Erwitt’s photographs on Saturday, January 26th, along with the work of Alex Webb and Scott B. Davis.

Center for Creative Photography Lecture information: (520) 621-7968

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Blue Earth Alliance Call For Projects: Deadline January 21

The deadline for Blue Earth Alliance project proposals is rapidly approaching. From the website:

Blue Earth Alliance sponsors photography projects that educate public about threatened cultures, endangered environments and other social concerns. If your project meets this mission, you are invited to apply for sponsorship. We accept submissions trice a year, and the next deadline is January 21st. Review eligibility and application guidelines here.

I encourage all of you to view the outstanding work of current SPONSORED PHOTOGRAPHERS here.

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Griffin Museum: Three exhibitions open on January 24th; Gallery Talk 25th with Stephen Wilkes

The Griffin Museum announces the following exhibitions, to open January 24th and close March 30th:

In the Main Gallery: Stephen Wilkes, “Ellis Island: Ghosts of Freedom”

In the Griffin Gallery: Paula Gillen, “The Portrait Collages”

In the Emerging Artist Gallery: Frank Rothe, “Running Through the Wind”

The opening reception on January 24th from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. for the artists is open to all

On Friday, January 25th at 7 p.m. Stephen Wilkes will discuss his work and the current exhibition.

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