Sunday, October 14, 2012

Seeing Is Believing: Professors' Work Part of Photography Showcase

From UC News:
Seeing Is Believing: Professors’ Work Part of Photography Showcase

Faculty from anthropology and journalism contributed to two FOTOFOCUS exhibits to be on display this month at the UC College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning’s Sycamore Gallery.

Date: 10/4/2012 12:00:00 AM
By: Tom Robinette
Phone: (513) 556-8577

UC ingot   Using the language of the lens, two faculty members from the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences want to show another side of their research and professional practice.
Casting Polaroids by JV8INC. Photo of the installation by Stephanie Sadre-Orafai.

"Mariemont Then and Now" by Sean Hughes and Carl Mydans, courtesy of the Ohio Humanities Council and Hughes.

Educator assistant professor of journalism Sean Hughes and assistant professor of anthropologyStephanie Sadre-Orafai are involved in this month’s FOTOFOCUS celebration of photography. The lineup of independently programmed exhibitions of historical, contemporary and artistic photography is the first of what is intended to be a biennial showcase highlighting Cincinnati’s artistic soul and creative energy. 

FOTOFOCUS, a nonprofit arts organization, hopes to support photography’s role in today’s culture through events such as this month’s festivities. The series of parties, gallery showings and lectures will populate several venues throughout the Cincinnati area – including at University of Cincinnati sites – displaying the work of well-established artists and fresh faces on the photography scene for public viewing. Hughes and Sadre-Orafai are each connected to an event:

Artless Photographs
Sadre-Orafai and her colleague Lee Douglas of New York University curated this exhibit that explores documentary photos taken in a range of institutional contexts and the practices that produce them.

Images of the Great Depression: A Documentary Portrait of Ohio 1935-2010
Hughes was among a group of six photographers selected by the Ohio Humanities Council to conduct a “re-photographic” survey of Ohio sites documented as part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal in the 1930s.

Both exhibits will have receptions from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 12 at the UC College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning’s Sycamore Gallery. The gallery will be open from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays in October and by appointment.

For more information about the exhibits, go to the gallery website.

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