Hybrid Images: The Photography of Sculpture, 1860 to 1990

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Statues, St. Cloud, ca. 1920 Vintage Gold Toned Albumen Print © Courtesy of Allen Memorial Art Museum
Hybrid Images: The Photography of Sculpture, 1860 to 1990
Curated by: Sarah Hamill

Oberlin College
87 North Main Street
Oberlin, OH 44074
September 6th, 2012 - December 23rd, 2012

United States
Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Sunday, 1:00 to 5:00 pm
photography, sculpture


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.

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