Ekphrasis


I recently curated an exhibit at Cassilhaus, Ekphrasis: Eight Artists Respond to Images from the History of Photography, which draws on the long history of ekphrastic poetry – poems that in some way respond to a work of art, usually through description, interpretation, or critique. For the exhibit, eight contemporary artists responded in various mediums to images significant in the history of photography. Andrea Donnelly’s inverted positive/negative weavings create a visual poem responding to Anna Atkin’s botanical cyanotypes, and Max Adam’s finely detailed graphite drawings subtly alter one of Eadweard Muybridge’s Horse in Locomotion series. Featuring photography, weaving, drawing, painting, collage, poetry, sculpture, and music, Ekphrasis offers a broad sweep of photographic history through contemporary eyes.

The exhibit features work by LISA McCARTY, ANDREA DONNELLY, MAX ADAMS, DAMIAN STAMER, DANIELLE DURCHSLAG, FRANNY CHOI, AMANDA HOLLOMON-COOK, and KAMARA THOMAS.

I was especially happy to have so many of the artists present at the opening and a full house at Franny Choi’s poetry reading. Franny wrote a poem in response to a photograph by Gordon Parks, which you can read online here. The amazing Blackspace spoken word team opened for her reading.

The exhibit will be up through June 30th! More information here. Thanks to our sponsors: The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, the Nasher Museum of Art, the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University, and Blackspace

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