Clarence John Laughlin, Shrouded Woman Against a Plaster Wall, 1940, silver gelatin print. ©The Historic New Orleans Collection, Clarence John Laughlin Archive, accession no. 19126.96.36.199
Lost in Time—Two Exhibitions in Black and White
January 8 - March 2, 2011
American Ruins: Photographs by Arthur Drooker features a stunning visual record of significant architectural sites across the United States. The 50 infrared photographs taken by Drooker are the result of an intensive two-year documentary project. On view are images of ancient Native American dwellings in the Southwest, the remains of Gilded Age mansions on the East Coast, Civil War–era ruins in the South, a colonial settlement in the mid-Atlantic region, a ghost town in the West, and a king’s summer residence in Hawaii. Drooker traveled to 25 historic sites in 16 states. The ruins he selected had to meet certain criteria: they had to be part of a preservation program, have historical value, and represent the geographic and architectural diversity of America.
This exhibition was organized and developed by Arthur Drooker, and all photographs are by Arthur Drooker and circulated through www.guestcurator.com. This program is supported by a Decentralized Arts Funding Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge in cooperation with the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and Louisiana State Arts Council.
Augmenting American Ruins: Photographs by Arthur Drooker is a selection of haunting photographs by Clarence John Laughlin that capture a vanishing urban landscape. The Dark Side: Photographs by Clarence John Laughlin, 1935–1961 provides insight into the broad range of themes explored by this American master, who is best known for images of southern plantation architecture. Many critics consider Laughlin the first surrealist photographer in the United States. Born in Lake Charles, Laughlin (1905–1985) spent most of his career in and around New Orleans. On loan from the Clarence John Laughlin Archive at The Historic New Orleans Collection, the 26 black-and-white images demonstrate his brand of Louisiana gothic: old, weathered French Quarter facades and cemeteries, Spanish moss, funerary sculpture, and wrought iron railings.
This program is supported by a Decentralized Arts Funding Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge in cooperation with the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and Louisiana State Arts Council.
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