Since the invention of photography in the 1830s, sculpture has been a popular subject for the camera. As this exhibition explores, however, the relationship between the two media is not as straightforward as it might seem. The camera has often been used to animate, transform, and re-invent sculpture resulting in photographs that are not neutral documents. Drawn from the collections of the AMAM, the exhibition includes works spanning over a century, by Robert MacPherson, Eugène Atget, Clarence Kennedy, Richard Long, Eleanor Antin, Laurie Simmons, and Gabriel Orozco. This exhibit coincides with Professor Sarah Hamill’s fall art history seminar, “Sculpture and Photography,” providing students an opportunity for extensive research on photographs from the museum’s collection.
Several artists’ books and magazines from the Artists’ Books Collection, Clarence Ward Art Library, are also on view. These books have been digitized as part of the Five Colleges of Ohio Next Generation Library grant, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a student-directed project to make these books accessible for pedagogical use to the broader community.