February 27th/28th in New Orleans: “The American Dream” Exhibition, and lecture by Deborah Willis

“The American Dream” Group exhibition, judged by Deborah Willis, is coming to the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery!

Exhibition dates: February 4 – March 21, 2010
Opening reception: Thursday, February 4, 6-9pm
Juror’s Reception: Saturday, February 27th, 6-9
Juror’s talk: Sunday, February 28th, 6pm, doors open at 5:30

From the website:

“The New Orleans Photo Alliance is proud to present the national juried photographic exhibit, “The American Dream”, juried by 2005 Guggenheim and 2000 MacArthur Fellow, Deborah Willis. Dr. Deb Willis, a professor at New York University is also a professional art photographer and one of the nation’s leading historians of African American photography. She is the author of numerous books including the recent, critically acclaimed, The Black Female Body: A Photographic History with Carla Williams.

–What does the American Dream look like? How is it now defined? Has it been realized?–

“…These are the three questions that I explored as I looked at the photographic works submitted to The New Orleans Photo Alliance call for The American Dream. I realized early on that the visual response to the questions was not a monolithic vision but one that explored ideas about notions of home, family, work, religion, as well as the land. The images in this exhibition challenge ideas about dreaming in and about America…”
–Deborah Willis, New York University

Twenty six photographers were chosen for the exhibit, including Roman Alokhin, Kevin Kline, Leslie Parr, René Merino, and David Armentor from New Orleans, Jeremiah Ariaz from Baton Rouge, as well as Ben Lenzner, Gordon Stettinius, Lydia Panas, Elen Awalom, Shraddha Borawake, John C. Dyes, Lola Flash, Lili Holzer-Glier, Letitia Huckaby, Matthew Lester, Alison Malone, John Patrick Naughton, Laura Noel, Kate Pollard, Jim Schater, David Schalliol, Alix Smith, Samantha VanDeman, Colette Veasey-Cullors, and Bruce West.

Ms. Willis will lecture and sign her new book, Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs at the McKenna Museum (2003 Carondelet Street) on Saturday, February 27, 3:30pm.”

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