This show is excellent. Well done and shows some excellent work done during the 20th Century. In conjunction with the show the Northern Utah Camera Club and Brigham City Museum Gallery will have a lecture on the images given by Ann Paterra, MFA from the University if Texas at Austin. Ann has been the assistant Curator of the Assistant Curator, Photography Collection Head, Dept. of Photography & Film Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, UT, Austin, TX. She was adjunct professor of , Photocommunications Dept. St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX and Adjunct Professor, Art Dept. Austin Community College, Austin, TX.
Her resume includes time as a Lecturer, Art & Art History Dept. University of Texas, Austin, TX and she is currently teaching photography at the Waterford Institute, a private fine arts school in Sandy, Utah.
The public is invited to the lecture to be held at the museum gallery at 7pm on Tuesday, 28 March, 2006. You can see the show & then enjoy the lecture giving history and background on some of the photographers and images.
You can go to the link below for a bit more info and to see some photos from the exhibit.
PICTURING THE CENTURY:
One Hundred Years of Photography from the National Archives
March 9 through April 29, 2006
Hours: Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Photographs of events and people that shaped our world and culture in the 20th century will be on view at the Brigham City Museum-Gallery from March 9 through April 29. When news engulfed the world of the Wright brothers’ 1903 aeroplane in first flight, the San Francisco earthquake and the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor, there was a photographer to freeze the moment in time.
"USS Shaw (DD-373) exploding during the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor" by Unknown Photographer
The museum is located at 24 North 300 West. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
"Picturing the Century: One Hundred Years of Photography from the National Archives" is an exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and features about 100 digitally produced prints. The images were culled from over eight million color and black-and-white photographs from the holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration.
Momentous events covered by the exhibit are Lyndon Johnson taking the presidential oath of office after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Neil Armstrong walking on the moon, and Richard Nixon leaving the White House in disgrace. Additional images burned deep into the memory of the nation are of a suffragette’s banner used to picket the White House for women’s right to vote and a flower offered to military police during an anti-Vietnam demonstration.
A photo of a victory celebration in Paris after the unconditional surrender of the Japanese and a picture of thousands of wedding rings the Germans removed from their victims represent the best and worst of times. Troops from the United States found the rings, watches, precious stones, eyeglasses and gold fillings near Buchenwald concentration camp in 1945.
We still have contact with President Dwight Eisenhower, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Ronald Reagan because of the camera.
Through a photograph of Nancy Reagan with Lady Bird Johnson, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Rosalynn Carter, Betty Ford and Barbara Bush, patrons can assess their mood during a tribute to America’s first ladies in the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C.
Memories are still fresh of the Ku Klux Klan terrorizing African Americans in parts of the South and civil rights demonstrators marching on Washington for jobs and freedom because their activities were recorded on film.
The camera was a witness to President John F. Kennedy hugging his son John, Jr. on the beach at Newport, Rhode Island, and to President Bill Clinton playing the saxophone presented to him by Russian President Boris Yeltsin at a private dinner.
"Picturing the Century" delivers some humor in a photo of individuals sliding on snow slopes in tin trousers cushioned in the seat with paraffin. The slopes are below Paradise Glacier in Mount Rainier National Park in Washington. An image of a much tattooed sailor aboard the USS New Jersey revisits the year 1944.
A photographer saw the comedy in signs painted on gas pumps in Potlatch, Washington. Gas stations abandoned during the fuel crisis in the winter of 1973-1974 were sometimes used for other purposes. The station in the photo was turned into a religious meeting hall. Signs on the gas pumps proclaim "Fill up with the Holy Ghost...and Salvation."
Six portfolios in the exhibition present works by Dorothea Lange, Lewis Hine, Walter Lubken, George Ackerman, Charles Fenno Jacobs and Danny Lyon. The portfolios include photographs never before displayed and ones that have become so famous they are synonymous with the event itself.
"Farmer reading his farm paper" by George W. Ackerman, Coryell County, Texas
In Lange’s images, patrons can visualize the lives of tenant farmers and migrant workers. Hine used his camera as an instrument of social reform, notably child labor in American industry. Patrons can look back in history at engineering feats because of Lubken’s photographs. Ackerman traveled around the country shooting rural life. Jacobs’ focus was on the human side of modern war. Lyon concentrated on the struggle for racial equality.
Some of the venerable images by these photographers are Powerhouse Mechanic Working on Steam Pump, White Angel Breadline, Members of the Mochida Family Awaiting Evacuation Bus, Unloading Dry Farm Wheat and Man Working on Hull of U.S. Submarine
A lot of years separate museum patrons from events in the 1900s. However, occurrences such as landing on the coast of France under heavy Nazi machine gun fire, constructing the Empire State Building and strolling up Fifth Avenue in New York City on Easter Sunday are brought into the present in "Picturing the Century." The exhibit also has matchless views of the American West, bittersweet images of rural America, emotion-filled portraits of urban blight, and snapshots of Americans at work and play.
PICTURING THE CENTURY: ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES was created by the National Archives and Records Administration and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. Local funding for this exhibit is provided by grants from the Utah Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Matching funds are provided by the Marie Eccles Caine Foundation.