Archive for November 5, 2008

JO WHALEY Lecture and Book Signing at College of Santa Fe, November 6, 6 pm

Artist JO WHALEY will be speaking at Tipton Hall, Marion Center for Photographic Arts at the College of Santa Fe on November 6th at 6 p.m.

This lecture is held in conjunction with an exhibition at Photo-Eye Gallery in Santa Fe which opens on November 7th.

Chronicle Books has recently published a beautiful volume of this work, The Theater of Insects; a book signing will follow the lecture, and she will be signing books at the exhibition opening as well.

Her exhibition The Theater of Insects continues at the National Academies of Science in Washington, DC through December 10th.

From the Academies’ website:

“Beetles, butterflies, dragonflies, and other insects take the stage in Jo Whaley’s images. She arranges and photographs these entomological specimens in environments constructed in her studio, drawing inspiration from the cabinets of curiosity and natural history dioramas of an earlier era of scientific inquiry. Whaley uses color, texture, composition, and lighting to highlight the awe-inspiring and jewel-like qualities of the insects. Juxtaposing the specimens against found objects and manufactured materials such as paper, glass, paint, and metal, Whaley encourages viewers to think about the coexistence of natural and artificial environments in the modern world.

Jo Whaley’s background in theatrical design informs her artwork. In the 1980s, she was a scene painter for the San Francisco Opera and Ballet and was the head painter at the Zellerbach Playhouse at the University of California, Berkeley. She has received advanced degrees in art and photography and her work is in many major collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Her book, The Theater of Insects, is being published by Chronicle Books in the Fall of 2008.”

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“Today’s Front Pages” display at The Newseum in DC – not to be missed!

One of my favorite offerings at The Newseum (555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC) is a program branded as “Today’s Front Pages.” When visiting the museum, this display runs along the entire length of the museum’s exterior, an amazing site offering visitors a window on the world today. The display continues inside.

Today, on this historic day in American history, is a great time to check out the online component of “Today’s Front Pages” and learn about the world response to our historic presidential election through today’s actual front pages of 595 newspapers from 61 counties. From small-town America to capital cities of the world, from the Rocky Mountain News to the Chicago Sun Times, from Diario do Comercio (Brazil) to Publico (Spain), from Sabah (Turkey) to mX (Australia), Don’t miss seeing “Today’s Front Pages” TODAY!

If I were in Washington, DC today, seeing this amazing display at this extraordinary museum would be on my agenda. Don’t miss a trip to The Newseum.

NOTE:  To view 730 Front Pages from 66 countries on 11/4/08, this is the archived link

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