The Cuban-born artist Abelardo Morell uses some of the oldest known photography methods to illuminate new perspectives about the familiar, the new, and the now.
On Tuesday, April 14, Mr. Morell will present the second in this year’s Photographers’ Lecture Series at 6:30 p.m. in the Dodge Room, Reed Campus Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Mr. Morell, whose work has been shown in the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Art Museum in New York, and The Boston Museum of Fine Art, among others, uses camera obscura and tent cameras to illuminate a unique view of the world.
The New York Times described Mr. Morell’s exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago of as “sing[ing] a hymn of praise to the strange.”
“Abelardo Morell wants us to pay attention, to understand that there’s more to see-ing than what we think we perceive,” the article noted. “There’s no reason a cityscape can’t bloom on quiet, white bedsheets, or… the Golden Gate Bridge can’t be shockingly found superimposed on the very ground. “
Mr. Morell received his undergraduate degree in 1977 from Bowdoin College and an MFA from the Yale University School of Art in 1981. In 1997 he received an honorary degree from Bowdoin College.
His publications include a photographic illustration of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1998) by Dutton Children’s Books, A Camera in a Room (1995) by Smithsonian Press, A Book of Books (2002) and Camera Obscura (2004) by Bulfinch Press and Abelardo Morell (2005), published by Phaidon Press. Recent publications include a limited edition book by The Museum of Modern Art in New York of his Cliché Verre images with a text by Oliver Sacks.
He is currently working on a body of work titled, “A Mind of Winter” to be exhibited at Bowdoin College in May of this year.