UK Art Museum Presents 'Wide Angle' Photography Exhibit
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 24, 2014) – Beginning this weekend, the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky is showcasing a new exhibition of 70 pictures taken by American photographers, ranging from the iconic documentary work of Walker Evans to the contemporary art of Carrie Mae Weems, who was recently awarded a MacArthur "Genius Grant" for her groundbreaking work. "Wide Angle: American Photographs from the Collection," which is free and open to the public, opens Jan. 26 and will run through April 27.
Organized by Art Museum at UK Curator Janie Welker, "Wide Angle" 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 those artists featured are Ansel Adams, Van Deren Coke, Imogen Cunningham, Elliott Erwitt, Robert Frank, Lewis Hine, Dorothea Lange, Helen Levitt, An-My-Lê, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Cindy Sherman, Aaron Siskind, Edward Steichen, Paul Strand, Doris Ulmann and Andy Warhol.
The Lexington community occupies an important place in the history of photography thanks to the Lexington Camera Club, which can be seen as one of the last amateur groups to support serious photography. Among its leaders were nationally known figures like Coke and Meatyard, as well as talented regional photographers like Robert C. May, whose bequest of photographs and funding has been integral to building the museum's collection of 1,300 pictures.
The Lexington Camera Club fostered an interest in experimentation and passion for photography in Lexington that continues to this day. Its legacy is examined, along with themes that include documentary and socially concerned photography, street photography, modernism, manipulated and constructed imagery, landscape photography and "new topographics."
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.
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.
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