FW: Southern Exposure at McLean Project for the Arts (fwd)
- fyi...includes photographs by Alabama native William Christenberry, whose
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Subject: Southern Exposure at McLean Project for the Arts (fwd)
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E-Release - Immediate through May 25, 2002
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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,
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
a single method defining the Southern Landscape, their distinctive visions
reaffirm the complex, often contradictory currents that shape and sustain
The fifty-four photographs on view depict a wide array of subjects and
locales encompassing both the rural and the urban landscape. They range
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
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
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 &
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
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