In conjunction with the exhibit "Making Light: Wit and Humor in Photography," Joel Smith, the Emily Hargroves '57 and Richard B. Fisher Curator at Vassar's Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, will give a public talk on Thursday, May 18, at 7 p.m. in Taylor Hall, room 203, at Vassar College.
"For 160 years, citizens of the modern world have looked to photography to tell them crucial truths about history and current events, and convincing white lies about themselves and their loved ones. Universal reliance upon the camera as the 'straight-man' among modern media has provided an unlimited horizon for tricksters with a knack for subverting our hopes, exploiting our anxieties, and confounding our instincts for logic and reason," Smith says.
The 100 works in "Making Light" are selected from the collection of the Lehman Loeb Art Center and from 19 public and private collections. They range from cameraless photograms to meticulous photomontages, from nineteenth-century stereographs to the performance records of conceptual artists, from candid street scenes to baroque studio concoctions, from Osaka to Kiev to Paris to Catskill, and from snapshots by "Anonymous" to works by such well-known artists as Marcel Duchamp, Helen Levitt, Saul Steinberg, and William Wegman.
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m., but will remain open until 8 p.m. on the day of the talk to allow visitors to view the exhibit. Admission is free and the Art Center is wheelchair accessible. For additional information, call the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at (845) 437-5632.