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September 3, 2009

New Visions: Black and White Photography in Contemporary Art Runs Through Oct. 18 in Williams Center Art Gallery

Exhibition is a collaborative project with Lehigh University and Allentown Art Museum

The exhibition New Visions: Black and White Photography in Contemporary Art will run through Oct. 18 in the Williams Center Art Gallery.

With Lafayette’s theme of “Memory,” the exhibit is a coordinated effort among the College; Lehigh University, under the theme of “Identity” through Nov. 1; and Allentown Art Museum, under the theme of “Imagination” through Jan. 10. The exhibition marks the first time these three institutions have engaged in a joint project.

The collective opening reception will be held Saturday, Sept. 12, from 2-4:30 p.m. at Lafayette, 4-6:30 p.m. at Lehigh’s Zoellner Art Center Gallery, and 6-8 p.m. at Allentown Art Museum. Free transportation will be provided between the venues for a limited time from 3:45-8:15 p.m.

There also will be a New Visions speaker series. Photographer Duane Michals will present “Duane Michals: Photography and Reality” 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23; photographer Gary Schneider will present “Gary Schneider: Genetic Portraits and Other Work” noon Thursday, Oct. 1; and Robert S. Mattison, Metzgar Professor and head of art, will present a gallery talk noon Monday, Oct. 5. All lectures will be in Williams Center room 108.

The collection of photographs, compiled by Arthur and Anne Goldstein, includes over 100 black and white works and contains many of the most important names in contemporary photography including Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Lee Friedlander, Cindy Sherman, and Andy Warhol.  The exhibition has been organized by the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, with venue exhibitions organized by the Allentown Art Museum.

The Williams Center Art Gallery is located in the Morris R. Williams Center for the Arts on the corner of Hamilton and High streets. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 11a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday noon-5 p.m., and 7:30-9 p.m. on the evenings of public performances in the Williams Center. For more information, contact Michiko Okaya, director of Lafayette art galleries, at (610) 330-5361.

The Lafayette College art galleries are funded in part through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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