Abelardo Morell, Portrait of Inghirami by Raphael, 1993. Gelatin silver print, 24 x 20 in. (61 x 50.8 cm). Collection of Robinson and Nancy Grover
Abelardo Morell, Camera Obscura Image of Windows in Gallery with Hopper Painting, Whitney Museum, 2003. Gelatin silver print, 20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61 cm). Courtesy Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York
Abelardo Morell, Camera Obscura Image of Santa Maria della Salute with Scaffolding in Palazzo Bedroom, 2007. Pigmented inkjet print, 40 x 32 in. (101.6 x 81.3 cm). Courtesy Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York
Abelardo Morell, Camera Obscura Image of Times Square in Hotel Room, 1997. Gelatin silver print, 32 x 40 in. (81.3 x 101.6 cm). Courtesy the artist and Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York
BEHIND THE SEEN: THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF ABELARDO MORELL
June 24–August 8, 2008
This exhibition surveys the work of contemporary photographer Abelardo Morell, focusing on images made from his investigations with the camera obscura. Morell creates camera obscura rooms by blocking out all light with the exception of a small opening. As light enters through the opening, an inverted image of the exterior world is projected onto the opposite wall. Morell photographs the projected image with the use of a long exposure, capturing the superimposed visual realities of inside and out. Like Morell’s other photographic series of books, maps, and works of art, these images transform the familiar into something extraordinary and strange. Behind the Seen presents over thirty of Morell’s photographs and also features a special project in which part of the Gallery’s exhibition space is transformed into a camera obscura.
Exhibition organized by Anna Hammond, Deputy Director for Programs and Public Affairs, and Christine Paglia, the Florence B. Selden Curatorial Intern in the Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, both of the Yale University Art Gallery. Supported by an endowment created with a challenge grant from the National Endowmenfor the Arts with additional support provided by Professor and Mrs. Robinson A. Grover, B.A. 1958, M.S.L. 1975. Image: Abelardo Morell, Camera Obscura Image of Houses Across the Street in Our Living Room, 1991. Gelatin silver print.
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