Keliy Anderson-Staley, Shelter in Place as installed at SITE Gallery, Silos at Sawyer Yards, Houston, TX, 2018. Wet-plate collodion tintypes, wood, and metal, 120 x 96 x 96 in. Courtesy of the artist and Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago.

Photography Exhibition examines Current Topics through Historic Methods

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SHELBURNE, Vt. (Oct. 23, 2019)—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.

About Shelburne Museum: Founded in 1947 by pioneering folk art collector Electra Havemeyer Webb (1888–1960), Shelburne Museum is the largest art and history museum in northern New England and Vermont’s foremost public resource for visual art and material culture. The Museum’s 45-acre campus is comprised of 39 buildings including the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education and Webb Gallery featuring important American paintings by Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, Grandma Moses, John Singleton Copley, and many more. For more information, please visit