February 10 through May 1, 2011
The opening reception is Feb 17, 2011 from 5-8:30 PM. It is open to all.
CHALLENGING VISION Photographs by Barbara Crane
February 10 through May 1, 2011
The opening reception is Feb 17, 2011 from 5-8:30 PM. It is open to all.Gallery tour with Barbara Crane at 5pm, Rita Maas at 6:15 and open reception at 7.
For more than 60 years, Barbara Crane has been stretching the boundaries of photography through single images, sequences, grids, and scrolls that range in size from intimate to grand.
A retrospective of her work, Challenging Vision, is featured in the Main Gallery of the Griffin Museum February 10 through May 1. An opening reception is February 17.
The photographs range from her early studies of human form through her chronicles of Chicago city life to her explorations of nature. They are dynamic, bold, and abstract depictions of the rural and urban, the familiar and esoteric.
“The issues in my work are often of similar nature with an abstract edge,” says Crane. “Though I build on past experience, I attempt to eradicate previous habits of seeing and thinking. I keep searching for what is visually new to me while always hoping that a fusion of form and content will take place.”
When Challenging Visionwas on display at the Amon Carter Museum in Texas in 2009, senior curator of photographs John Rohrbach said, “Barbara Crane has long been one of America’s most influential teachers and respected artists. Her highly experimental and tremendously varied photographs animatedly challenge photography’s very character as a descriptive tool. This show exudes her infectious energy and imagination. Anyone who sees it will never look at photographs the same way again.”
Crane, of Chicago, studied at Mills College in California, completing her bachelor degree in art history at New York University. She received a master’s of science degree from the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Crane began teaching photography in 1964 and soon joined the faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she retired as a professor emeritus in 1995. The opening reception is February 17, 7-8:30 p.m. The public is welcome. Prior to the reception, Barbara Crane gives an informal tour of her exhibition, Challenging Vision, in the Main Gallery, 5-6:15 p.m. Fee is $7; free to museum members. Rita Maas presents a members-only gallery talk on her exhibit, At Home, which is in the Atelier Gallery, 6:15 p.m.
A panel discussion with photographers Barbara Crane, Rita Maas, and Svjetlana Tepavcevic (The Sea Inside: Portrait of Waves, a multimedia presentation on view in the Atelier Gallery) is February 18, 7-8:30 p.m. They talk about their photographic journeys and the influences that led to the imagery on view at the museum. The discussion is facilitated by Archy LaSalle, photographer, educator and member of the Griffin Museum board. Fee is $7; free to museum members
The Griffin Museum of Photography is open Tuesday through Thursday, 11 am – 5 pm; Friday 11 am – 4 pm; and Saturday and Sunday, noon – 4 pm. The Museum is closed on Monday. Admission is $7 for adults; $3 for seniors. Members and children under 12 are admitted free. Admission is free to all every Thursday. For more information, call 781-729-1158.