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Artist Talk: Laura McPhee
February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm$7.00 – $10.00
In this talk, you are invited to spend an hour in conversation with Laura McPhee looking through large format landscape photographs made over the last decade or so in the American west. Laura’s photographs provoke questions about our attitudes and beliefs about the earth we inhabit, questions sometimes environmental, sometimes cultural or geographical. Made with film and a large-format view camera, the photographs envelop time, both geologic and human. A serpentine river cuts a deep meander in the land. A gold mine on the edge of the Black Rock Desert is an incision, exposing a ruddy interior. A still-life found on slickrock in the Navajo Nation reveals fragments of human presence — machine parts, zippers, desert-varnished tin cans, a tiny plastic toy among shards of glass and rust. A meditation on our material lives and the unintended consequences of humanity’s attempts to control and manage nature, the images depict our paradoxical efforts as we face the reality of climate change and as we variously attempt to restore, protect, alter, and exploit the land.
Artist’s Bio: Laura McPhee
Laura’s work has been widely exhibited both in the United States and abroad and she has had the good fortune to be the recipient of a number of grants and residencies. Her photographs are included in the permanent collections of many museums, including the Getty Center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Her exhibition River of No Return was first shown at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2006; a monograph of the same title was published by Yale in 2008. Her first book, No Ordinary Land, (in collaboration with Virginia Beahan) was published by Aperture in 1998. A book of photographs of Calcutta, The Home and the World, was published by Yale University Press in 2014.
Laura McPhee is a professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Featured Image ©Laura McPhee 2012
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