Those of you in the Portland area are so fortunate to have the opportunity to hear Keith Davis speak in conjunction with the exhibition WILD BEAUTY: Photographs of the Columbia River Gorge, 1867 – 1957 (on view through January 11, 2009):
Sunday November 2, 2008 at 2 p.m.
Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum
$10 / $5 Museum Members
description: Since the invention of the medium, photographers have been deeply invested in the depiction of landscape.
Join Keith F. Davis, Curator of Photography at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, for a lively and thought-provoking overview of the pictorial terrain and history of landscape photography.
Before joining the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Keith Davis was fine art programs director of the Hallmark Photographic Collection, which was donated to the Nelson-Atkins in late 2005. During his 28-year tenure with Hallmark, he transformed the photography collection, begun in 1964, into a premier photographic repository. Holding more 6,500 works by 900 artists, it encompasses the entire history of photography with special emphasis on American work. In addition to assembling more than 60 exhibitions and authoring numerous books, Davis lectures widely on 19th- and 20th-century photography.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:
From rock formations to waterfalls, vast curves and bends to massive mountain views, the Columbia River Gorge’s beauty has been an inspiration to professional and amateur photographers alike for nearly 150 years. The images in Wild Beauty, a 90-year photographic survey of the Columbia River Gorge, comprise some of the most striking and poignant pictures taken of the area from 1867 to 1957.
The exhibition, consisting of more than 200 photographs, is a historical journey through unique geography, advancing technology, and abundant talent, chronicling the beauty and changing character of this dramatic passage of river.
Beginning with legendary landscape photographer Carleton Watkins and including work from several photographers drawn to the region when the railroad made the Gorge more accessible, Wild Beauty highlights the growing human impact on the Gorge through transportation advances, tourism, and dam construction.
A full-color illustrated book will accompany the exhibition and will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop.
Sunday November 16, 2 p.m.
The Future of Pictures from the Past: Preserving Images by Carleton Watkins
description: Join manuscript conservator Andrea M. Delos-Reyes, photographer Phil Bard, and curator of Wild Beauty Terry Toedtemeier, as they discuss the conservation and digital enhancement of images in the Carleton Watkins Columbia River album.