Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Two Photography Exhibitions Open Through Saturday

Jay Jaffee (American, 1921-1999), Untitled (Looking Up a Tower), not dated, gelatin silver print, 12-1/16 x 7-13/16 inches, Gift of Dr. James A. Dewberry, Jr., University of Wyoming Art Museum Collection, 1983.66.4

This Saturday will be the final day to view two photography exhibitions at the Art Museum: Edward Burtynsky: The Industrial Sublime and, Photography from the Twentieth Century: The Art Museum Collection, Part I.

Edward Burtynsky: The Industrial Sublime explores the intersection between nature and industry through masterful, large-scale color images from around the world. Burtynsky is an internationally acclaimed photographer, whose depictions of global industrial landscapes are in the collections of more than fifty major museums around the world, including the Bibliotéque Nationale in Paris, and the Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Photography from the Twentieth Century: The Art Museum Collection, Part I examines the creative vision of the photographer as artist and photography’s place in the development of an American genre. The first in a two-part exhibition, the show focuses on pictorial and portrait traditions – the basis of early photography. The second part of the exhibition, which will focus on innovations in the development of photography and contemporary photographers’ study of place, will open in the spring of 2013.

“Pairing the Art Museum’s photographic collection with the contemporary photography of Edward Burtynsky provides insights into the history of photography as a creative art and the role of contemporary fine art photography in image-making today,” said Susan Moldenhauer, art museum director and chief curator.  “It also conveys the technological advances of the photographic medium over the last 150 years.”

For more information on exhibitions, please call 307.766.6622 or visit the Art Museum website.

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