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      Making, Not Taking: Portrait Photography in the 19th Century in Wellesley

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      February 27, 2020

      Thursday  11:00 AM - 5:00 PM (weekly Tuesday through Sunday until June 7, 2020)

      106 Central Street
      Wellesley, Massachusetts 02482

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      Making, Not Taking: Portrait Photography in the 19th Century

      Mounted in conjunction with Going Viral: Photography, Performance, and the Everyday, this exhibition tells an earlier history of vernacular photography—that of 19th-century portraiture. Similar to snapshots, the portrait photograph is enigmatic for its ability to be a one-of-a-kind object (a family keepsake) and a duplicate (a repetition of conventional settings, poses, and framing devices) all at once. However, before photographs were taken or snapped, they were made. Early photography was a process that involved a great deal of time, labor, and costly materials. Thus, this exhibition explores the materiality, the craft, and the event of photography in its earliest iterations.

      Curated by Carrie Cushman, Linda Wyatt Gruber ’66 Curatorial Fellow in Photography.

      For more information, please contact: 781-283-2051

      Generously supported by: Linda Wyatt Gruber (class of 1966) and Wellesley College Friends of Art at the Davis.

      Image Credit: Museum purchase with funds provided by Jacqueline Loewe Fowler (Class of 1947), 1997.47
      Image Caption: André Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri, Mme. Cusani, ca. 1860, Uncut albumen cartes-de-visite, 7 5/16 in. x 6 1/16 in.

      Cost: Free -

      Categories: Art Galleries & Exhibits

      This event repeats weekly Tuesday through Sunday until June 7, 2020: Apr 2, Apr 3, Apr 4

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