Lensless opens at the Cressman Center for Visual Arts

This Week: Join us for the opening receptions included in our Louisville Photo Biennial Lineup!

Lensless – Friday October 4, 2019 | 6-8 pm Lensless opens at the Cressman Center for Visual Arts (on First Friday) Photographs are dependent on the projection of light rather than on a camera or lens. The works in Lensless, including chemigrams, photograms, and lumen prints engage with current trends in which the camera is superfluous to the production of photographic images. This group exhibition is curated by Mitch Eckert, Associate Professor of Art at the University of Louisville. Lensless is part of the 2019 Louisville Photo Biennial. The exhibition will run through October 26, 2019. Gallery Hours are Wednesday-Friday 11am-6pm and Saturday 11am-3pm.

Featured Artists include: Ian Cambell, Tracy Longley-Cook, Brent Dedas, Anita Douthat, Mitch Eckert, Ruth Foote, Larry Gawel, Barbara Houghton, Cal Kowal, Margaret LeJeune, Martha Madigan, Anne Arden McDonald, Joe Minek, Heather Stratton, Gregory Spaid, Rachid Togoulla, and Julie Weber.

Location: Cressman Center, 100 E Main Street Louisville, KY 40202
Reception: Friday October 4, 2019 | 6-8 pm

Images:
Julie Weber, Remnants B-side #2 and Remnants B-side #3, gelatin silver photograms, 11″ x 8.5″ each

Thursday October 3, 2019 | 5-7 pm Lyric Documentary: The Works of Walker Evans and Gentlemen’s Clubs: Photographs by Zed Saeed open at the Schneider Hall Galleries
Friday October 4, 2019 | 6-8 pm Lensless opens at the Cressman Center for Visual Arts (on First Friday) 
Saturday October 5, 2019 | 1-3 pm Morocco, Many Eyes, One Vision! opens at the MFA Gallery

Lyric Documentary: The Works of Walker Evans

Lyric Documentary: The Works of Walker Evans focuses on a two-year period (1935-36) during which the American photographer Walker Evans created some of the most iconic images of America in throes of the Great Depression. Featuring letters and photographs from the Library of Congress and from the Roy Stryker Papers housed at the Archives & Special Collections of the University Libraries at the University of Louisville, this exhibition includes a special section on Evans’s photographs for Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, a book written by James Agee.

Gentlemen’s Clubs: Photography by Zed Saeed

Saeed’s graduate work uses the aesthetics of straight photography to capture images of places and people that are off-limits or inaccessible. The Gentlemen’s Clubs of Louisville often hide in plain sight. Saeed’s photography of these clubs is an ongoing project in which he hopes to bring back images and stories of a forbidden space and its inhabitants. Through photographs made with a large-format view camera and hours of recorded interviews, Saeed’s current iteration of the project centers on the women who work in these clubs and presents their daily work-lives of emotional labor.

Lyric Documentary: The Works of Walker Evans and Gentlemen’s Clubs: Photography by Zed Saeed are part of the 2019 Louisville Photo Biennial. The exhibitions will run through November 1, 2019. Gallery Hours are Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm

Location: Schneider Gallery, Schneider Hall, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40208
Reception: Thursday October 3, 2019 | 5-7 pm.

Images:
Left: Walker Evans, Lucille Burroughs, daughter of a cotton sharecropper, Hale County, Alabama, 1935/1936. Courtesy the University of Louisville Photographic Archives
Right: Zed Saeed, Red Door Lounge, 2018

Morocco, Many Eyes, One Vision!

In spring 2019, five photography students received a Hite scholarship to travel to Morocco under the supervision of Professor Mary Carothers and Rachid Tagoulla, Hite’s first international MFA student. The group participated in a film festival sponsored by Ibn Zohr University, based in Agadir, a modern coastal city where they made lasting friendships from all over the world. Additionally, students met with photographers from Club Photo d’Agadir and discussed ways to build exchange exhibitions. The Hite students then accompanied Professor Carothers to Tetouan, an ancient city nestled in the Rif mountains, where she has developed a partnership with Green Olive Art Center. This partnership will provide customized artist residencies for Hite students beginning summer 2020.

Morocco, Many Eyes, One Vision! presents an inclusive exhibition of photographs realized by each of the Hite students that attended the excursion and members of Club Photo D’Agadir. These photographers are encouraging us to explore, on our own, the ideas and emotions that bind humanity together. Connecting photographers and artists in general from two continents is an on-going partnership between University of Louisville, Ibn Zohr University, Photo Club D’Agadir, Green Olive Art Center and is also a future Sister Cities friendship between Louisville and Agadir.

Curated by Rachid Tagoulla

Location: MFA Gallery, The Hite Art Department MFA Program, 1606 Rowan Street, Louisville, KY 40203
Reception: Saturday October 5, 2019 | 1-3 pm

 

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