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Haverford College
Department of Fine Arts
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Judith Taylor: Can I Trust You: A Memorial Exhibition

October 22 - December 5, 2010
Magill Library
Magill Library #2 on Campus Map
Weekdays: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Weekends: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Opening October 22
Opening - 5:30-7:30
Panel Discussion - 4:30-5:30

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Judith Taylor
can i trust you: A Memorial Exhibition
By William Williams

The private thoughts of teenage girls are transformed into works of art in Judith Taylor: Can I Trust You? A Memorial Exhibition, running October 22-December 5, 2010 in Haverford College’s Magill Library. The exhibit honors the legacy of Philadelphia photographer Judith Taylor, who died in 2010.

The Can I Trust You? series, spanning 1999-2007, features Taylor’s photographs of young women’s diary pages, starting with her own teenage diary. The pages chart each diarist’s attempt to craft her identity and voice during the transition from adolescence to adulthood. This tumultuous transition is reflected not only in the written entries themselves, but also in passages crossed out with black marks and erasures. The works are carefully photographed and printed on Taylor’s handcrafted toned paper.

January 6 (Diary Paige of a twelve year old girl)
Polaroid negative contact printing out paper
4x5 inches

The memorial exhibition is organized by William Williams, Audrey A. and John L. Dusseau Professor in the Humanities and Curator of Photography at Haverford. "This series is like Taylor’s other work in its meticulous craft, use of found material, and grounding in art and photographic history and theoretical practice,” he says. “It is lyrical, elegiac, and personal."

The display will include similar works by photographers Man Ray, Aaron Siskind (who taught Taylor at Rhode Island School of Design), Robert Rauschenberg and Tacita Dean. A panel discussion of Taylor’s work will take place Friday, October 22 at 4:30 p.m. in Magill Library, immediately followed by an opening reception.

Judith Taylor grew up in Paoli, Pa. and spent most of her life in Philadelphia. She was a professor of photography and media studies at Arcadia University, where she was appointed to the Frank and Evelyn Steinbrucker Endowed Chair in 2008. Her works can be found in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the museum of the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Allentown Art Museum.

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