Lecture Puts Lexington Camera Club's History in the Spotlight
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 14, 2014) — James Birchfield, former curator of rare books in the University of Kentucky’s Special Collections Library, will present a lecture on the history of the Lexington Camera Club at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16. The free public lecture, scheduled to take place at the Art Museum at UK, coincides with the museum’s current American photography exhibition, "Wide Angle: American Photographs."
A chairman of the Art Museum at UK Advisory Committee, Birchfield has served as a guest curator for photography exhibitions for the UK museum, Speed Museum, the Preservation Institute: Nantucket and the Grolier Club of New York.
This Sunday, Birchfield will speak on the commitment the Lexington Camera Club’s members had to photography as an art. Starting in 1936, the Lexington Camera Club was a mixture of business leaders, doctors and scholars, several of whom earned national recognition as photographers including Van Deren Coke, Eugene Meatyard and Robert C. May, whose work is included in the “Wide Angle” exhibition.
"Wide Angle," organized by Art Museum at UK Curator Janie Welker, offers the opportunity to examine the history of American photography in the 20th- and early 21st century through the work of both major and lesser known artists. Among the artists featured are Ansel Adams, Van Deren Coke, Elliott Erwitt, Robert Frank, Lewis Hine, Helen Levitt, An-My-Lê, Cindy Sherman, Aaron Siskind, Edward Steichen, Paul Strand, Doris Ulmann and Andy Warhol. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
The mission of the Art Museum at UK, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art to enhance the quality of life for the people of Kentucky through collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting outstanding works of visual art from all cultures. Home to a collection of more than 4,500 objects, including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture, the Art Museum at UK presents both special exhibitions and shows of work from their permanent collection.
The Art Museum at UK is located in the Singletary Center for the Arts at Rose Street and Euclid Avenue. The hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and noon to 8 p.m. Friday.
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