Fairfield University welcomes ongoing area student group viewings at archaeological photographic exhibition Director's Choice lunchtime lecture - December 5


Fairfield University's Walsh Art Gallery made waves in Sept., when the world premiere exhibition, "The Creative Photograph in Archaeology - from the Traveling Photographers of the 19th Century to the Creative Photography of the 20th Century" opened. The exhibition moves onto its next venue in New York City after closing at the gallery, Dec. 9. Dr. Diana Mille, director of the Walsh Art Gallery devotes the season's second Director's Choice lunchtime lecture on Wednesday, Dec. 5 to the exhibition with the "Creative Intention and New Vision Photography." The public is invited to bring a brown-bag lunch to the gallery for the 12:30-1:30 p.m. talk. Admission to the lecture is $5.

With the backdrop of this remarkable exhibition still on view at the gallery, Dr. Mille will consider the influence of European and American creative photography on the archaeological photographs of Herbert List, Walter Hege and Hermann Wagner during the inter bellum period.

Since the exhibition opened in Sept., the gallery has welcomed student groups from the Bridgeport diocese for viewings. Their teachers have seized the opportunity to teach a variety of subjects, from math to art, using the photographs as a base from which to build a lesson. The Walsh Gallery extends that welcome to all area schools and encourages teachers interested in scheduling a class visit to call (203) 254-4242 to make the necessary arrangements.

The collection includes more than 70 stunningly dramatic black and white framed prints featuring Greek antiquities that have been produced from high resolution scans of the original negatives. The exhibition is divided into five units that span 150 years and visually portray the bold story of the delicate balance between documentation and creative vision in photographs with antiquities as the subject - from the first photographic attempts of the early travelers in the 19th century through the sophisticated work of the late 20th to early 21st century.

This unprecedented exhibition is curated by Costis Antoniadis, professor of photography at the Technological Educational Institution of Athens, and organized by Mr. Mavrommatis, chief photographer of the Acropolis Restoration Service and the Benaki Museum in Athens, in collaboration with Professor Katherine Schwab, associate professor of Art History in the Fairfield University Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

The Walsh Art Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11-5 p.m., Sunday from Noon-4 p.m. The gallery is closed on Mondays. For further information, please call (203) 254-4000, ext. 2969. For additional information on the exhibition and symposium, please visit the website The Creative Photograph in Archaeology.

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Media Contact: Joan Grant, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2950, jgrant@fairfield.edu

Posted on November 16, 2007

Vol. 40, No. 115