Lee Friedlander: The American Monument Photographs

Sunday, September 16, 2018
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (ET)
ARTS ARTS Atrium Gallery
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Shannon Murphy
Fine Arts Faculty

 Lee Friedlander: The American Monument Photographs 

Opening June 1, 2018

5:00 to 7pm

Atrium Gallery, Marshall Fine Arts Center  

Lee Friedlander born 1934 is one of America’s most accomplished photographers of the Social Landscape and the winner of countless awards including fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations. The photographs that constitute Friedlander’s American Monument series consists of work made from the 1960s through 1975. These photographs show the monuments not as isolated celebrations of civic memory but as part of a complex visual and cultural environment.

The Atrium Gallery exhibition features photographs of monuments noble and idiosyncratic made throughout America. Friedlander selected two hundred and thirteen images that were published by the Eakins Press Foundation in 1976 in a book titled: The American Monument. The book became a classic, much sought after by collectors; it was republished in 2017 with an additional essay by Friedlander scholar, Peter Galassi.

Haverford College has a copy of the First edition and has recently purchased a copy of the second edition. Both editions are printed to the highest standards and designed so that individual pages can be exhibited as stand along works. The Atrium Gallery exhibition consists of sixty individual pages from the 1st and 2nd editions.

American monuments and their meaning have become topical of late. Friedlander’s clear and lucid photographs, present the monuments as cultural expressions open to multiple meanings by one of the modern masters of photography.


For more information visit the exhibit page at http://exhibits.haverford.edu/finearts/lee-friedlander-the-american-monument-photographs/ 

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