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Picture Gallery of the Soul – Opening Night

September 22, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Katherine E. Nash Gallery

Our Own Herman Milligan presents A Picture Gallery of the Soul
September 13 – December 10, 2022

About the Exhibition

The Katherine E. Nash Gallery presents A Picture Gallery of the Soul, a group exhibition of over 100 Black American artists whose practice incorporates the photographic medium. Sampling a range of photographic expressions from traditional photography to mixed media and conceptual art and spanning a timeframe that includes the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, the exhibition honors, celebrates, investigates, and interprets Black history, culture, and politics in the United States.

From the daguerreotypes made by Jules Lion in New Orleans in 1840 to the Instagram post of the Baltimore Uprising made by Devin Allen in 2015, photography has chronicled Black American life and Black Americans have defined the possibilities of photography. Frederick Douglass, a former enslaved person, and nationally prominent abolitionist recognized the quick, easy and inexpensive reproducibility of photography. He presciently developed a theoretical framework for understanding the implications of photography on public discourse in a series of four lectures. The exhibition title comes from Douglass’ Lecture on Pictures, delivered in Boston in 1861 during the Civil War.

Related Events

A companion exhibition of photographs made by Gordon Parks High School students will be on view from September 13 – October 8 in the Quarter Gallery at Regis Center for Art. Learn more about the exhibition.

Virtual Keynote | Thursday, September 15 | 6:30 pm | Online
Presentation with Prof. Deborah Willis, New York University

Registration required: https://z.umn.edu/Prof_Deborah_Willis

Opening Program | Thursday, September 22 | 6:00 – 7:00 pm | InFlux Space, Regis Center for Art

Presentation with the exhibition curators and visiting scholar lecture

Mining the Archive of Black Life and Culture, Prof. Cheryl Finley, Cornell University
Registration required: https://z.umn.edu/RegisRSVP

Public Reception | Thursday, September 22 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm | Katherine E. Nash Gallery

Come celebrate with the curators and visiting guests.
RSVP required: https://z.umn.edu/RegisRSVP


September 22, 2022
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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