A Keen Eye and Soft Focus:
at Maine Media's PhoPa Gallery in Portland, Maine
132 Washington Avenue, Portland, Maine 04101
Guest Curated by Susan Danly
Co-presented by the Portland Camera Club
April 12 - May 27
Opening Reception | Thursday, April 20, 5-7pm
Curator's Talk | Thursday, April 27, 5:30pm
About the Exhibition
A Keen Eye and Soft Focus, guest curated by Susan Danly, presents the work of Francis Orville Libby (1883-1961), one of Maine’s first art photographers, a leading pictorialist, and an early president of the Portland Camera Club alongside the work of contemporary photographers who share some of his early aesthetic concerns. For over a century -- from the turn of the 20th century to the 21st century of today -- art photography has included a range of approaches. From detailed, sharp focus images in black and white to softly focused pictures in muted color, modern photographers have produced a wealth of images that convey mood, artful expression, and impressionistic views of our surroundings – both rural and industrial. The exhibition will highlight work by contemporary, Maine-based photographers Judy Glickman Lauder, Koichiro Kurita, Amy Parrish, Shoshannah White, David Wolfe among others, following in Libby’s footsteps.
About the Curator
Guest Curator Susan Danly served as Curator of Graphics, Photography and Contemporary Art at the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) from 2002 to 2011 before becoming Senior Curator in 2012. Recently retired, Danly earned a doctorate in photographic history at Brown University. Danly previously worked at the Mead Art Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Huntington Library and Art Gallery. Among her numerous publications are books on the photographs of Edward Weston and Thomas Eakins, and Georgia O’Keeffe and the Photograph. At the Portland Museum of Art, she curated numerous exhibitions devoted to the art of Maine, including three Biennial exhibitions, a series of shows dealing with historical and contemporary photography in Maine, and several exhibitions of graphics from the PMA’s permanent collection. Danly co-authored Maine Photography: A History, 1840-2015, published last year in conjunction with the Maine Photo Project.