HIMG Presents: Wide Angle: American Photographs from the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky

November 15 - February 8, 2015

Opening reception takes place November 14, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. Janie Welker, curator of collections and exhibitions at the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky, will present The Lawrence B. and Shirley Gang Memorial Lecture at 6 p.m. November 14, 2014. Admission is free. A reception follows.

This exhibit will also be highlighted during the November 2014 4th Tuesday Tour at 7 p.m. November 25, 2014. Refreshments will be served.

HIMG Presents: WIDE ANGLE: American Photographs from the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky was organized by UK Curator, Janie Welker. It features a diverse selection of 71 works (from a collection of more than 1,300) by both renowned and lesser-known artists, whose work illustrates some of the major themes in 20th- and 21st century. Among these are portraiture and the portrayal of gender; the transition from traditional photography to constructed landscapes, and the conventions of documentary photography, street photography, and images manipulated for psychological effect. Artists represented in the exhibit include Walker Evans, Doris Ulmann, Ansel Adams, Berenice Abbott, Lewis Hine, Paul Strand, Robert Frank, Helen Levitt, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Andy Warhol, Aaron Siskind, Carrie Mae Weems and Cindy Sherman.

Lexington, Kentucky, has a particularly rich history in photography, due in part to the Lexington Camera Club, and the people associated with that group. Founded in 1936, and active until 1972, it nurtured the careers of two photographers who became renowned figures in the photography world, Van Deren Coke and Ralph Eugene Meatyard, as well as talented regional photographers including Robert C. May, whose bequest of photographs and funding has been integral to building the UK Art Museum’s collection.

This exhibit is presented by HIMG and sponsored by Gary Caudill, In Memory of Roger Pemberton; Dolores Cook, In Memory of Willis W. Cook; Rynnie and Scott Cotter, In Memory of Mrs. Amy Douthat Roberts; Donna L. and William D. Cubbedge, In Memory of Sally Sigal; Warren and Judith Dumke, In Memory of Ann Csernica; High Performance Heat Treating, Inc., In Honor of Lyle Ramsey; Mr. and Mrs. Vernon F. Howell, In Memory of Joe Cox; Dr. Montserrat Miller, Dr. Daniel Holbrook and John Holbrook, In Memory of Linda Hamilton; Tamara Nimmo, In Memory of Cleadith and Christine Nimmo; Dr. and Mrs. Richard E. Oakes, In Memory of Richard E Oakes II, M.D.; Robert D. Olson, In Honor of Dalai Lama; Franklin E. Sampson, In Memory of Bernie Lou Sampson; Anne Shuff, In Honor of Cynthia Dearborn; James and Patricia Shope, In Memory of Thornton Barrette and wife Eleanor; and Jeremy and Paula Watts. This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History; and National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

HIMG Presents: Wide Angle: American Photographs from the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky

Paul Strand (American 1890-1976), Wire Wheel (New York), 1917 (printed 1977 by Sal Lopes). Platinum print, unframed image 12 3/4” x 10 3/16”; sheet: 13 7/8” x 11 1/16”. Bequest of Robert C. May, 1993.13.27. Courtesy of the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky and featured in HIMG Presents: Wide Angle: American Photographs from the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky.