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12 WalterGropius Master Artist Series Presents Abelardo Morell Exhibition March 5 - June 16 2016 Public Presentation March 10 2016 at 700 pm The Camera Obscura Workshop will take place March 11-23 2016 Workshop Description Thisworkshop will involve students in converting various rooms at the Museum into camera obscuras. Participants will work with Abe Morell in scouting and locating suitable rooms and views. They will also be involved in the entire production of the camera obscura process. Students will be given the opportunity to create their own imagery in these darkened interiors as individuals or as small groups. They will also be challenged to make changes in the outside landscape to make the projections inside more meaningful and interesting. These activities can include setting up performances and installations to affect the outside views. Abelardo Morell Panorama of Winter Woods 2015. Black and white negatives. Image courtesy of the artist. About the Artist Abelardo Morell was born in Havana Cuba in 1948. In 1962 at the height of the Cold War he immigrated to the United States with his parents. Morell received his undergraduate degree in 1977 from Bowdoin College and an MFA from The Yale University School of Art in 1981. In 1997 he received an honorary degree from Bowdoin College. He has received a number of awards and grants including a Guggenheim fellowship in 1994 a Rappaport Prize in 2006 and he was the recipient of the International Center of Photographys Infinity Award inArt in 2011. His work has been collected and shown in many prestigious institutions including the Museum of Modern Art the Metropolitan Art Museum in New York The Chicago Art Institute The Boston Museum of Fine Art and more than 70 other museums in the United States and abroad. His publications include a photographic illustration of Alices Adventures in Wonderland 1998 by Dutton Childrens Books Camera Obscura 2004 by Bulfinch Press and a limited edition book by The Museum of Modern Art in New York of his clich verre images with a text by Oliver Sacks. He lives with his wife Lisa McElaney a filmmaker and his children Brady and Laura in Brookline Massachusetts. About the Artists Work Abelardo Morells images offer clever post-modern commentary on the nature of photography by referencing the mediums beginnings while simultaneously celebrating the ephemeral magic of light and shadow. He is best known for using a camera obscura an optical device that preceded photography and the photographic camera to create images that marry interior and exterior spaces in unexpected ways. Morrell also employs clich verre a technique of reproducing images in which a glass plate coated with collodion is etched and photographed against a black background and photograms pictures produced with photographic materials such as light-sensitive paper but without a camera in his work.