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Time Lapse: Contemporary Analog Photography

Joel Barber & the Modern Decoy


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Time Lapse: Contemporary Analog Photography
Nov 9 - Mar 8, 2020
Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education

A new exhibition at Shelburne Museum focuses on contemporary artists using historical photographic techniques to engage viewers in modern subject matter from a perspective both nuanced and provocative.

Time Lapse: Contemporary Analog Photography, on view starting November 9, features the work of 13 artists who treat the darkroom as a laboratory where laborious century-old techniques are employed in creating contemporary works.

Time Lapse invites viewers to consider contemporary topics, but to see them filtered through photographic techniques and familiar art historical traditions of the past. The affect creates tension in the works that adds emphasis to the subject matter and, rather than filtering, or softening the subjects, actually brings the issues into sharper focus,” said Associate Curator Carolyn Bauer, the exhibition curator.

The featured artists explore familiar subjects including landscape, portraiture and still life using 19th-century techniques from daguerreotype, wet-plate collodion and tintype, to cyanotype, which was used for blueprints into the 20th century. These recognizable, historical traditions are a medium for exploring contemporary topics such as such as identity, bias and class.

The results are sometimes unexpected. For example, the exhibition features dresses constructed out of cyanotypes printed on tamale wrappers. A large shed-type structure is encased in tintype portraits. Contemporary landscapes are cast onto found debris.

Time Lapse: Contemporary Analog Photography is on view from Nov. 9, 2019 through March 8, 2020 in the Murphy Gallery, Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education at Shelburne Museum.

Artists featured are: David Emitt Adams, Keliy Anderson-Staley, John Dugdale, Adam Fuss, Daniel Kuczynski, Annie Lopez, Sally Mann, Abelardo Morell, John Shimon & Julie Lindeman, Nick Simpson, David Sokosh, Joni Sternbach.

Joel Barber & the Modern Decoy
September 14 through January 12, 2020
Colgate Gallery, Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education.

The culmination of five years of research, a new exhibition at Shelburne Museum explores the life, collection and artwork of Joel D. Barber (1876-1952), a pioneering wildfowl decoy collector who saw in them a unique American art form.

Joel Barber & the Modern Decoy opens on Saturday, Sept. 14, with a public opening reception from 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13. A decoy carving demonstration is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Featuring more than 100 decoys, drawings, historical photographs and watercolors from Shelburne Museum’s extensive collection and archives, the exhibition takes a comprehensive view of Barber’s fascination with decoys, starting with a red-breasted merganser decoy he came across in a sail loft on the South Shore of Long Island in 1918.

He wrote and illustrated a groundbreaking book, Wild Fowl Decoys, published in 1934, where he introduced his designs for the perfect “modern” decoy. The book remains a primer for collectors today. The exhibition features plans he drafted for so-called “modern” decoys.

“As an early collector, Joel Barber’s life was subject to considerable folklore. This exhibition sheds light on and paints a picture of the collector based on insights from the hundreds of documents in his archives housed here at Shelburne Museum,” said Chief Curator and Francie and John Downing Curator of American Art Kory Rogers. “Barber was truly devoted to what he called floating sculpture, and committed to sharing his passion with the public through exhibitions, his publications and publicity.”

Shelburne Museum is home to the first major public collection of decoys amassed as artwork. Joel Barber’s collection of more than 300 decoys forms the nucleus of this renowned collection. Barber’s extensive archives of more than 600 documents is also housed at the museum.

Joel Barber & the Modern Decoy opens on Saturday, September 14, and runs through January 12, 2020, in the Colgate Gallery, Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education.

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