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Adding to the Mix 8: William H. Mumler's "Mrs. W. H. Mumler, Clairvoyant Physician" (1870s) is a 2014-15 exhibit at the Ackland Art Museum which says: "The carte-de-visite advertises the clairvoyant and healing abilities of Mumler's wife and assistant, Hannah. The caption claims that she is shown with her "controlling spirit," Declaration of Independence signer and Continental Congress attendee Dr. Benjamin Rush. Aside from demonstrating the technological innovations that early photography could utilize for image manipulation, this work also suggests the cultural milieu that allowed the wider Spiritualist religious movement to thrive: a mourning, war-torn, postbellum American population needing and seeking healing." Accessed 2/17

Antebellum Portraits by Mathew Brady is a 2017 exhibit at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery which says: "When a new photographic medium - the ambrotype - began to eclipse the daguerreotype in the mid-1850s, Brady adapted, creating some of the most beautiful ambrotype portraits ever produced. As the decade drew to a close, Brady's studio remained in the vanguard of photographic innovation, producing handsome, salted-paper print portraits from glass negatives."  Also see press release   Accessed 8/17

Color! American Photography Transformed is a 2013-14 exhibit at the Amon Carter Museum which says: "Through seventy-five key works, Color! tells the fascinating tale of photographers' halting acceptance of color, revealing the diverse vibrancy informing their efforts to shape a creative language for its use, and explaining how the art world's acceptance of color photography over recent years has transformed the medium into today's dominant art form." Accessed 3/17

The Deception of Perception: Exploring Distortion and Ambiguity in Photography is a 2016-17 exhibit at Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy which says: "Artists have the freedom to create works whose mysterious imagery evokes the paranormal and fantastical. They manipulate scale, color, perspective, and subject to transport the viewer outside of the real world and into the realm of imagination. As the photographs in this exhibition show, even photographers who by the nature of the medium must record what exists before their cameras can twist and shift reality into something seemingly supernatural." Accessed 2/17

Full Color Depression: First Kodachromes from America's Heartland is a 2011-12 exhibit at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery which says: "Organized by Bruce Jackson (SUNY Distinguished Professor and UB James Agee Professor of American Culture), with Albright-Knox Curator for the Collection Holly E. Hughes, this exhibition will feature a selection of rarely seen color photographs from the Library of Congress's Farm Security Administration (FSA) photography collection." Accessed 3/17

Holly Roberts: 33 Years is a 2018 exhibit at the Griffin Museum of Photography which says: "Her work has continued to evolve, but she has reversed her original process of heavily overpainting the black and white silver print. She now works on top of a painted surface, developing a narrative scene with collaged photographic elements." Also see artist's website. Accessed 12/18

It's Only a Paper Moon: Souvenir Photography in America, 1870-1950 is a 2017 exhibit at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum which says: "Shortly after the invention of photography in the mid 19th century, tourists began documenting their travels with souvenir photo portraits. Photo studios were hugely popular attractions at state fairs, carnivals, and downtown arcades. Printed on penny postcards these images were mailed across the country to family and friends." Accessed 3/17

Lynda Frese: Holy Memories & Earthly Delights is a 2018 exhibit at the Hilliard Museum Which says: "The photographs on display range in technique from digital composites to silver-gelatin processes that incorporate a variety of toners affecting color including copper, selenium and vanadium." Accessed 3/18

The Logic of the Copy: Four Decades of Photography in Print  is a 2017 exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum which says: "The Logic of the Copy: Four Decades of Photography in Print spans the period from 1960 through the early 2000s and highlights the influence of artists as diverse as Robert Heinecken, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, James Turrell, and Tacita Dean who began to integrate photography with text and the graphic arts.  Also see press release  Accessed 1/18

Marian Roth: On Bended Light is a 2017 exhibit at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum which says: "Through collaged color positives, hand-coated emulsion negatives, lithographed figures, digital prints of the creative process itself, or rough layerings of paint, we can always see Roth at work. Whether from her Provincetown studio or inside one of the experimental cameras she has built and inhabited, Roth's work, ultimately, shows the artist engaged in the most heroic of efforts: to bend light, to slow time and to exist a bit longer." Also see 8/13/14 article in Provincetown Magazine.  Accessed 6/17

Paper Promises: Early American Photography is a 2018 exhibit at the Getty (J. Paul) Museum which says: "This exhibition explores the formative years of photography in nineteenth-century America. Featuring rare photographs and negatives as well as iconic images from the Gold Rush and Civil War, it traces early experimentation with photography on paper." Also see press release  Accessed 6/18

Peter Olson: Photo Ceramica is a 2017 exhibit at the American Museum of Ceramic Art which says: " Olson's photographs are printed, repeated, and collaged to encase each ceramic piece. His motifs vary in scale creating a rhythm as they wrap around and across each artwork. When fired, the prints burn away leaving permanent, rusty red colored images from the iron oxide in the ink."  Also see artist's website. Accessed 4/17

Photographing Nature's Cathedrals:  Carleton E. Watkins, Eadweard Muybridge, and H. H. Bennett is a 2018 exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum which says: "Photographing Nature's Cathedrals presents American landscape photographs by three nineteenth-century artists who used mammoth plate prints, panoramas, and stereographs - the cutting-edge photographic technology of their time - to capture the natural wonders of the country. The photographs on view helped create the myth of the Edenic American West, attracted tourists to the unusual formations in the Driftless region of Wisconsin, and inspired the creation of Yosemite National Park."  Also see press release.  Accessed 6/18

The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology is a 2017 exhibit at the Amon Carter Museum which says: "The exhibition, which makes its U.S. debut at the Amon Carter, highlights the wide-ranging and often surprising uses of Polaroid materials through more than 150 images, including works by such heralded artists as Ellen Carey (b. 1952), Chuck Close (b. 1940), Marie Cosindas (b. 1925), Barbara Crane (b. 1928), David Hockney (b. 1937), Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) and Andy Warhol (1928-1987)."  Accessed 8/17

Reciprocity: Handmade Cameras and Photographs by Cedric Chatterley is a 2016 exhibit at the Eide-Dalrymple Gallery which says: "Sculptural handmade cameras and photographs by Sioux Falls artist Cedric Chatterley are featured in this exhibition." Also see collection guide from Duke University Libraries. Accessed 12/18

ReVIEWing the 35mm slide is a 2018 exhibit at the   which says: "With slides incorporated into their medium, the artists featured in ReVIEWing the 35mm Slide revive these once-powerful recorders of art, memory, and time, transforming the worlds contained within their 2-inch x 2-inch cardboard or plastic frames." Accessed 2/18

Seen & Unseen: Photographs by Imogen Cunningham  is a 2018 exhibit at the Columbia Museum of Art which says: "Throughout her career, Cunningham valued the importance of light, form, and pattern in her compositions. Her pioneering use of platinum printing and often of double exposures are still of interest to contemporary photographers." Accessed 3/18

Shift: Contemporary Photography Exhibition is a 2013 exhibit at the Giertz Gallery, Parkland College which says: "Shift reveals the experimental and exploratory spirit of today's photographers, whose use of modern photography processes and related  technologies allow audiences to glimpse the world of familiar objects in  startling new ways, according to Shaw, an associate professor in photography/video at Parkland." Accessed 12/18

Technique and Vision: A Snapshot of Photography's Evolution is a 2017 exhibit at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts which says: "Selections from the permanent collection of the Museum will illustrate the development of photography and illuminate the tools and techniques photographers have used to express their artistic visions." Accessed 5/17

Towards Abstraction, 1940-1985: Brett Weston Photographs from the Bruce Museum Collection is a 2016-17 exhibit at the Bruce Museum which says: "Throughout his nearly seventy-year career, Brett Weston (1911-1993) was obsessed with abstracted micro-images of reality as well as of cities and landscapes captured by a long telephoto lens that diminished the depth of field, thus flattening the image. Weston used a medium or large-format camera and contact printed on high-gloss paper directly from the negative, selecting his subjects carefully rather than manipulating in the dark room. The subjects, always from nature, became increasingly less recognizable as time progressed." See news release and image sheet. Accessed 2/17

Voice of the Woods - Koichiro Kurita is a 2017 exhibit at the Griffin Museum of Photography which says: "Kurita has chosen to work with Calotype, an early photographic process, invented by William Henry Fox Talbot in 1841, in which a paper negative is produced and then used to make a positive contact print in sunlight. The Calotype emulsion requires processing just before exposure and development and must be done on location. This process, which preceded the glass plate and subsequent film technologies, is a slow process and its unique beauty is closely aligned to the nature of paper. Once the negatives are created they are placed against albumen or salted paper print, and contact printed with the sun." Also see artist's website. Accessed 5/17

Walden: Four Views by Abelardo Morell is a 2017 exhibit at the Concord Museum which says: "Guided and inspired by Thoreau's journals and his seminal work Walden, Abelardo Morell has made new panoramic photographic works that suggest fresh new angles from which to look at Walden Pond." Accessed 3/17

William Wegman: Instant Miami is a 2018 exhibit at the Lafayette College Galleries which says: "William Wegman was invited by the University of Miami's Lowe Art Museum to visit Miami in 1984 and take in the city through the eyes of an artist, with an agreement to show the resulting work at the Lowe later that year." Also see artist's website and September 21, 2018 article in Lafayette College's newspaper.  Accessed 10/18


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