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Hollins Art Lecture: The Documentary Photograph As A Work of Art

Walker Evans, Alabama Tenant Farmer Wife (Allie Mae Burroughs), 1936. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of Walter and Sally Rugaber.

Thursday, April 18, 2019, 6 pm – Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center / VAC Auditorium and First Floor Lobby

Former Chairman of Photographs Americas at Sotheby’s New York, Denise Bethel has been a key figure in the photography market for over 35 years. Her wide range of expertise encompasses daguerreotypes of the 1840s through digital color photography of the present day. Bethel holds a B. A. from Hollins and an M. A. with Distinction from the Courtauld Institute of Art of the University of London. In her lecture, Bethel will discuss photographs made for documentary purposes, such as the Farm Security Administration works, and how the perception of these works has changed over time, many becoming icons of American photography. This program is presented in conjunction with 20th Century Photographs from the Rugaber Collection, currently on view in the Main Gallery of the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University.

20th Century Photographs from the Rugaber Collection, on display through Sunday, April 28, presents 53 black-and-white works by prominent 20th century photographers. The collection includes landscape, architectural, and portrait photography that showcases life in the late 19th and 20th centuries. This exhibit and related programs are sponsored in part by the City of Roanoke through the Roanoke Arts Commission.

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