Opening Reception: Friday, October 28 | 5:30 – 7 PM
On View: October 29 – December 4
Atrium Gallery in Marshall Fine Arts Center, Haverford College
The Haverford College Photography Collection is one of the largest of any liberal arts college in the nation. Its encyclopedic collection of over 5000 works dates back to 1870 and includes pieces by pioneers like William Henry Fox-Talbot; titans of the form like Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, and Diane Arbus; and contemporary greats like Jamel Shabazz and Jessica Todd Harper. In the last three years alone, the collection has added hundreds of new works spanning the introduction of the artform through war, documentary, fashion, and modernist photography.
Photography: Recent Acquisitions From 2014 to 2016 gathers 60 stellar works gifted to and purchased by the College over the last three years in an exhibition in the Atrium Gallery of Marshall Fine Arts Center. When viewed together, these 60 pieces can be seen as mini survey of historical and current trends in fine art and vernacular photography.
Nineteenth century photographic processes—from daguerreotypes by Antoine Claudet to albumin prints of the Civil War by photographers George Barnard and Alexander Gardner to twentieth century work by James Natchtwey—provide an unvarnished witness to the savagery and destructiveness of war. Mid-century documentary works by Mike Disfarmer, Ruth Orkin, Lisette Model, Louis Faurer, and Jill Freedman provide a window into people and activities that defined their era.
Fine art, modernist, twentieth century photography, represented by masters such as Edward Weston and Harry Callahan, finds beauty in the natural world and expresses it through mastery of traditional materials and techniques. Andy Warhol and Duane Michaels push the boundaries of the meaning of photographs and art; their re-use of tropes from popular culture illustrates the diversity of art-making coming into play in the 1960s and 1970s that influenced the art that came after it.
The late Nathan Lyons, who died on August 31 of this year, was one of the most influential people in modern photography in his multiple roles as curator, teacher, and founder of organizations and schools that provided an intuitional home to sustain photography. Lyon was also a superb photographer whose photographs explore the interiority of perception. Tony Gleaton, working in a documentary tradition, made visual the diaspora of people of African descent in the new world. All of these works are shown in dialog with contemporary works including those by Marion Belanger, Douglas Mellor, Isa Leshko ’93, Zoe Strauss, and Helen Stummer.
The Atrium Gallery, in Marshall Fine Arts Center, is open Monday through Friday 10 AM – 5 PM, and Saturdays and Sundays 12 PM to 5 PM. For more information, contact Audrey A. and John L. Dusseau Professor of Humanities William Earle Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit haverford.edu/events/exhibits.
Haverford College is located at 370 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, Pa., 19041