Abelardo Morell Lecture Friday, October 31, 2014

Anderman Photography Lecture Series: Abelardo Morell
Friday, October 31, 2014

7:00pm, Sharp Auditorium, Denver Art Museum

Anderman Photography Lecture Series:
Abelardo Morell

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Hamilton Building - Lower Level
Ticketed with member discount. Purchase tickets online or call 720-913-0130.
The Anderman Photography Lecture Series presents quarterly talks by the preeminent creators and thinkers in photography today.Widely known for his photographs that incorporate room-scale camera obscuras, Abelardo Morell creates innovative and surprising images that encourage us to question the way we see.

From early pictures that explored the world with the wonder of a child’s-eye-view, Morell began an investigation into the material nature of familiar objects. The resulting photographs, many of which capture distortions and diffractions of light, or juxtapositions created within the camera, reveal a keen interest in optical idiosyncrasy. He emphasizes that the camera always manipulates what we perceive, and in the process, transforms the everyday into something special—often evident in a spirit of playfulness that imbues his work.

Morell’s use of the camera obscura draws upon these concerns while engaging the beginnings of the medium. After demonstrating the effect to his students at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, he began placing a camera within the camera to capture the resolved images over a period of time. While initially created in interior spaces, his picture-making has recently moved outdoors with the use of a tent camera that allows Morell to overlay his projections on the ground on which they are made.

Morell was born in Havana, Cuba in 1948 and lives in Boston. He holds an MFA from Yale University. A major traveling retrospective his work, The Universe Next Door, was shown at The Art Institute of Chicago, the John Paul Getty Museum, and the High Museum of Art in 2013–14.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Lecture tickets are $5 for students, $10 for DAM members and CPAC members, $15 for general admission.: https://tickets.denverartmuseum.org/DateSelection.aspx?item=1154
Purchase admission now to Untitled, the museum’s mixed-media late night program with cash bar, snacks, and programming scheduled before and after the lecture, and receive a discounted ticket price.

For additional details, e-mail photography@denverartmuseum.org.

Series funding generously provided by Evan and Elizabeth Anderman.

Image credit: Abelardo Morell, White Paper Bag, 2014. ©Abelardo Morell