June 3, 2013

“Selected Reality: Photographs of the 1970s” exhibit to open at HMA

Huntington, W.Va. – Featuring carefully chosen photographs, the Huntington Museum of Art’s Selected Reality: Photographs of the 1970s exhibit highlights the time in the 20th century when photography evolved into a serious fine art medium.

The exhibit opens June 8 and runs through Oct. 13, 2013.

The pieces in this exhibit stem from a time period when there was great experimentation with photography, and trends and styles that were dominant in sculpture and painting, such as conceptualism, minimalism, abstraction and magic realism, were explored.

The 1970s was a turning point for photography. It was no longer just a means of documentation, but instead, an art form. Photography was prevalent in galleries and museums at this time. Photographers worked to develop the field through all the various stages, such as conception, composition and processing, in order to create art in a way it had not previously been done.

HMA’s permanent collection contains more than 90 photographs, which range from early daguerreotype of the 1850s to 21st century digital images.

This exhibit is sponsored by the Katherine and Herman Pugh Exhibitions Endowment; the West Virginia Division of Culture and History; and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

For more information on events at HMA, call (304) 529-2701 or visit www.hmoa.org. HMA is fully accessible.

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