‘PhotoVision’ opens Thursday at Ackland Art Museum

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‘PhotoVision’ opens Thursday at Ackland Art Museum


More than 150 photographs from the late 1830s to present will be displayed through Jan. 4, 2015


(Chapel Hill, NC—Sept. 15, 2014) ― The Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will present more than 150 photographs from its extensive holdings in an exhibit that opens Thursday, Sept. 18. “PhotoVision: Selections from a Decade of Collection” will continue through Jan. 4, 2015.


The photos were selected from 500 photographs acquired over the past 10 years by the museum, whose entire collection includes 2,000 photos. The Ackland’s collection represents the entire history of the art form, from daguerreotypes and salted paper prints of the early 19th century to digital inkjet prints of the 21st century.


The exhibit opens with a free public celebration from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18. The public is also invited to “Dawn ‘til Dusk Community Day: Focus on Photography,” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 11. The community day will include hands-on workshops, tours and a food-truck picnic.


“The photographs in this exhibition are first and foremost presented as individual works of art, as each has its own aesthetic power,” said Peter Nisbet, Ackland chief curator and interim director. “Whether beautiful, intriguing or sublime, every photograph in ‘PhotoVision’ is worthy of sustained attention.”


Organized by Nisbet and Lauren Turner, PhotoVision” includes works by prominent photographers such as Richard Avedon, Mathew Brady, Julia Margaret Cameron and Andy Warhol, among many others.


In connection with “PhotoVision,” the Ackland also presents “Adding to the Mix 8: William H. Mumler’s ‘Mrs. W. H. Mumler, Clairvoyant Physician,’an exhibition focusing on the Ackland’s recent acquisition of a 19th-century spirit photograph. The makers of spirit photographs claimed to capture images documenting supernatural presences.




“PhotoVision”programs website: http://tiny.cc/PhotoVision_Programs.

Ackland Art Museum contact: Emily Bowles, (919) 843-3675, esbowles@email.unc.edu

Communications and Public Affairs contact: Susan Hudson, (919) 962-8415, susan_hudson@unc.edu