Large format film-based photography brings back the term ‘making a photograph’ in contrast with the contemporary term ‘taking a photograph.’ Working with a large format camera is cumbersome, slow and yet ultimately a very rewarding process. There are many variables including darkroom chemicals, which shape the resultant image. This technique belongs in the tradition of 19th century survey photography in the American West, and is still practiced by many visual artists. The exposure captured on the film has a very wide latitude due to the use of a specialized staining developer. This gives the negative its distinctive low contrast and high acutance. The prints are made using a warm-tone paper, processed to museum standards. Besides the formal sophistication of analog prints this process has a phenomenological advantage over the digital image capture: it puts temporal distance between the lived moment and its representation. Unlike the instantly gratifying digital images, which tend to compete and sometimes overshadow the lived experience, this process allows the photographic representation to stand independently from the lived moment; whereby the memory of the moment is not replaced by the image made in that moment.
This post was written by Assistant Professor of Art at Kansas State University Shreepad Joglekar. The Beach Museum of Art staff thanks Professor Joglekar for his amazing work and the unique experience.
“You Gotta Have Art” Gallery Walk with Don Lambert
Thursday, November 3, 2016 Gallery walks will take place at 5:30 and 6:15 p.m. Preregistration required. Call 785-532-7718 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don Lambert, Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Kansas State University, 1972, was a young reporter at the Ottawa Herald in Ottawa, Kansas, when he discovered Elizabeth Layton’s drawings in a college freshman drawing show at the Ottawa University student union. Recognizing her extraordinary talent and singular artistic vision, he curated and toured an exhibition of her work throughout Kansas, and introduced her art to museum curators all over the country. Seize this opportunity to hear firsthand accounts about the artist and her works from her close friend and advocate.
The Beach Museum of Art’s twentieth anniversary theme, “You Gotta Have Art,” was inspired by the words printed on caps worn by Elizabeth Layton and her second husband in many of her self-portraits. The caps were gifts from her friend Don Lambert. The succinct phrase encapsulates how art was a positive force in Elizabeth Layton’s life. Her drawings examined universal human experiences such as aging, death, social injustice, and love through the lens of her own life and body.
Help us celebrate our 20th Anniversary and theme “You Gotta Have Art.” There will be activities for all ages, party favors, and, of course, cake! Cash bar opens and music begins at 4:30 p.m.
To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of its opening, the museum is unveiling a new look for the permanent collection galleries. Drawing on the twentieth anniversary celebration theme “You Gotta Have Art,” the galleries feature works from a range of periods, displayed together to highlight particular themes and stimulate dialogue. Expect to see gallery favorites by John Steuart Curry and Shirley Smith alongside works re-emerging from art storage after a long hiatus. Also on view are new acquisitions by significant contemporary Kansas artists, such as Roger Shimomura, Jane Booth, and Andrzej Zieliński, as well as promised gifts to the collection borrowed for this festive year.
The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art furthers the teaching, research, and service missions of Kansas State University by collecting, studying, caring for, and presenting the visual art of Kansas and the region.