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Frist Center offers Photography Lecture series


Clarence Sinclare. Bull American (1895-1979) Greta Garbo, 1931. Gelatin silver print 33 x 25.4 cm.

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts presents a special three-part photography lecture series, featuring expert speakers who will each address a different aspect of the medium. The series is presented in conjunction with the current exhibition, The Best of Photography and Film From the George Eastman House Collection. Lectures will take place Nov. 6, Nov. 20 and Dec. 11, 2008 in the Frist Center auditorium at 6:30 p.m. The series is free to the public.

Part I, Thursday, November 6:
“Kingdom of Darkness, Kingdom of Light: The Invention of Photography and Victorian Culture”

Most people don’t associate photography with the Victorian era, yet it was during this period-in 1839-that the medium of photography was introduced. Guest speaker Morna O’Neil, Mellon assistant professor of 19th century European art at Vanderbilt University, discusses the extraordinary proliferation of photography in the Victorian era, including Victorian photographs featured in the George Eastman House exhibition.

Joe Rosenthal. American (1911-2006). OLD GLORY GOES UP MT. SUIBACHI, IWO JIMA 1945. Gelatin silver print 34.5 x 26.7 cm. Gift of Associated Press

Part II, Thursday, November 20: “Is the Medium the Message?”

In 1964, Marshall McLuhan declared that the “medium is the message.” Susan H. Edwards, Ph.D., executive director and CEO of the Frist Center and photography scholar, examines his claims in the context of the history of photography.  She discusses how images produced by photochemical processes immediately altered perceptions of time and space. Her talk confirms that the medium of photography changed the course of police work, medicine, journalism, the visual arts and material culture. In the digital age, even the social consequences of photography are changing. What is the message of this medium? How is the digital divide changing society?

Part III: Thursday, December 11
: “Civil War Photography”

Guest speaker Brooks Johnson, consultant to the Chrysler Museum of Art (Norfolk, Va.), explores the work of photographers of the Civil War and iconic photographs on view in The Best of Photography and Film from the George Eastman House Collection. In addition, he explains the various photographic techniques used during this time period.

William Wegman, American (b. 1942) IN 1993. Color print, internal dye diffusion transfer (Polacolor) print. 65.5 x 52.2 cm.

Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, located at 919 Broadway in downtown Nashville, Tenn., is an art exhibition center dedicated to presenting the finest visual art from local, regional, U.S. and international sources in a program of changing exhibitions. The Frist Center’s Martin ArtQuest Gallery features more than 30 interactive stations relating to Frist Center exhibitions. Gallery admission to the Frist Center is free for visitors 18 and younger and to Frist Center members. Frist Center admission is $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors and military and $6.50 for college students with ID. Thursday evenings, 5-9 p.m., admission is free for college students with a valid college ID. Discounts are offered for groups of 10 or more with advance reservation by calling 615.744.3246. The Frist Center is open seven days a week: Mondays through Wednesdays, and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sundays, 1-5:30 p.m., with the Frist Center Café opening at noon. Additional information is available by calling 615.244.3340 or by visiting our Web site at <>.


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