Framing Photographs: Contexts & Transpositions
Members of the Hurford Humanities Center's 2007-08 Faculty Seminar "Photography, Modernism, and Post-Modernism" will hold a "gallery conversation" on Wednesday, April 23 from 4:30-6 p.m. about their exhibit "Framing Photographs: Contexts & Transpositions." This exhibit is on view and open to the public in Sharpless Gallery, Magill Library on the Haverford Campus through June 1, 2008.
Held annually, the Hurford Humanities Center's Faculty Seminar focused this year on an exploration of film and photography in relation to the historical disciplines and other fields. From the College's Special Collections the seminar participants have selected three canonical photographs (Berenice Abbott's James Joyce, Robert Capa's Loyalist Militiaman at the Moment of Death, and Dorothea Lange's Migrant Mother) and a single painting, a St. Sebastian donated to Haverford in 1942, and have displayed them with an eclectic mix of supplemental materials: other photographs, various books from Magill, video clips, stamps, letters, merchandise, and posters. Attending to the production, circulation, and display of these works challenges viewers to examine how changing frames and diverse media affect the meaning of photographs and how those photographs resist those very efforts at interpretation.
Led by Professor James Krippner (History), the Faculty Seminar's participants include Haverford professors Kim Benston (English), Laurie Hart (Anthropology), Graciela Michelotti (Spanish), Debora Sherman (English), Gus Stadler (English), Christina Zwarg (English), and John Muse (Fine Arts), Mellon Post-doc Fellow 2007-09, whose expertise made this exhibit possible.
Haverford's Library is open daily and the exhibit may be seen between 8:30 a.m. and 11:45 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Fridays, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturdays, and 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Sundays.