“Seen and Unseen: Photographs by Imogen Cunningham” to open at Historic City Hall
Take a day trip to Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center to peek the newest exhibition, Seen & Unseen, featuring the work of iconic American photographer, Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976). The exhibit will open on January 11 with an opening reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The event is open to the public with free admission, and refreshments will be served.
Cunningham documented everything from the 1950s beat movement to Hollywood big names like Cary Grant. Taking up the art form only sixty-two years after its invention, her skill and innovation have cemented her place as a pioneer in the field of photography. Her work reflects vital developments in 20th century art and photography.
The exhibit features 60 of Cunningham’s best works, camera equipment, and archival materials. Historic City Hall is offering ongoing tours of the exhibition as well as several special events including a Gallery Talk on “The Life and Work of Imogen Cunningham” on January 30 at 6 p.m.
by Lynn Reynolds, Associate Professor of Photography/Department Chair, McNeese Visual Arts.
Never tied to one style of photography or subject, Cunningham had a signature view in what she created. Working for over seventy years, her photographs are seductive and dynamic and inspired by a multitude of sources.
The exhibition was organized by the Imogen Cunningham Trust in association with Photographic Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA. The exhibit will hang through March 16.
Also on view in the Third Floor Gallery is “Nature, Tradition & Innovation.” This exhibition showcases 55 ceramic works created by 43 exceptional Japanese ceramists, revealing the beauty of exquisite flower vases and serene tea bowls to whimsical candle holders and robust platters.
Historic City Hall is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted. Charlestown Farmers’ Market is open on Bilbo Street behind the center every Saturday 8 a.m.to noon. For more information, please call 491-9147 or visit www.cityoflakecharles.com.