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  • A.J. Wright
    fyi...includes photographs by Alabama native William Christenberry, whose work is stunning.....aj wright // ajwright@uab.edu ... From: John Reed
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      fyi...includes photographs by Alabama native William Christenberry, whose
      work is stunning.....aj wright // ajwright@...

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      From: John Reed [mailto:jreed@...]
      Sent: Friday, March 29, 2002 3:00 PM
      To: Southern Cultures list
      Subject: Southern Exposure at McLean Project for the Arts (fwd)



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      E-Release - Immediate through May 25, 2002

      Contact Andrea Pollan 703.790.1953 or mpart@...

      New Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Exhibition Opens
      at McLean Project for the Arts in McLean, VA

      Contemporary Photographers Reconsider the Landscape in Southern Exposure

      McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) is pleased to present Southern Exposure,
      an
      exhibition of contemporary photography inspired by the Southern landscape,
      from April 18 through May 25, 2002.

      Represented in the exhibition are such well-known photographers as William
      Christenberry, William Eggleston, Sally Mann, and Carrie Mae Weems, who have

      mined the particularities of the Southern terrain, making it a familiar part

      of American photography. Seven other notable artists contribute diverse
      perspectives on this vast, ever-changing environment. Rather than
      uncovering
      a single method defining the Southern Landscape, their distinctive visions
      reaffirm the complex, often contradictory currents that shape and sustain
      the
      region.

      The fifty-four photographs on view depict a wide array of subjects and
      locales encompassing both the rural and the urban landscape. They range
      from
      Maude Schuyler Clay's sober, sepia-toned prints of the Mississippi Delta and

      Mike Smith's otherworldly images of rural Appalachia to Jeane Umbreit's
      surreal, hand-painted photographs of classically-inspired architecture in
      Memphis and Earlie Hudnall's stark pictures of urban life in Houston.

      Huger Foote's lush painterly compositions of seasonal change in the South
      evoke a sense of wonder and childlike delight while Birney Imes's colorful
      photographs of yards and front porches capture the idiosyncratic character
      of
      Lowndes County, Mississippi. A seminal figure in the elevation of color
      photography to a fine-art medium during the 1970s, William Eggleston
      discovers enticing visual vignettes within the landscapes and suburban
      neighborhoods of Tennessee, Louisiana, and Florida.

      Considering the profound effects of memory, history, and the passing of
      time,
      these photographers alternately explore the permanent and temporary aspects
      of their subjects. The landscapes making up Carrie Mae Weems's Sea Islands
      series beat evidence of the ancient African beliefs and rituals surviving
      today among the sustained impact of African-American churches on the
      topography and culture of the Mississippi Delta. Conversely, the ephemeral
      nature of the landscape informs the mysterious large-scale images of Sally
      Mann's Deep South series, as well as William Christenberry's chronicle of
      the changing appearance of specific sites in his native Alabama.

      The public is invited to attend the opening reception events on Thursday,
      April 18 from 7-9. A gallery talk with exhibition curator Carla Hanzal will
      take place at 7:30. Bill Dunlap, a well-known Southern artist &
      commentator,
      will perform "That's What I Like About the South" Remote Associations and
      Symbiotic Readings on the Reflexes of Southern Shutterbugs at 8 pm.

      Southern Exposure was organized by the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia,
      Virginia Beach and was curated by Carla Hanzal. Southern Exposure is
      circulated through the Statewide Exhibitions Program, Office of Statewide
      Partnerships, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Support for the exhibition and
      related public programming is provided by the Ruth Camp Campbell Foundation,

      The Council of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Philip Morris U.S.A,
      Virginia Commission on the Arts, and McDonald's Family ® Restaurants.

      Two family Public Programs surrounding Southern Exposure will take place on:

      Saturday, May 4 at 1 pm
      Family Day Concert and Tour
      Paul Reisler & Diane Bardwell with Gary Green Free!

      MPA welcomes musician Paul Reisler for a Kid Pan Alley concert in our DuVal
      Art Studio. Come join the kids to hear a special free concert of folk and
      world music by Reisler with vocalist Diane Bardwell and harmonica player
      Gary
      Green. Family tours of Southern Exposure follow the concert. Please call
      703.790.1953 to reserve space.

      Friday, May 10 at 8 pm
      Mike Seeger in Concert performing Music from True Vine
      Tickets: $ 10 adults, $ 7 (18 and under)

      MPA is proud to present nationally known folk musician Mike Seeger in the
      Alden Theatre located in the McLean Community Center just downstairs from
      MPA. Music from True Vine is the home music made by American southerners
      before the media age. Music from True Vine grows out of hundreds of years of

      British traditions that blended in our country with equally ancient African
      traditions to produce songs that are unique to the United States.

      The exhibition will be on view at MPA through May 25. Gallery hours are
      Tuesday-Friday 10-5 and Saturday 1-5. Please ring 703.790.1953 for further
      information.
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