Renowned Aerial Photographer Emmet Gowin to Give Lecture at Boston University

in Arts, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, College of Fine Arts, News Releases
September 10th, 2007

Contact: Erin Whipple, 617-358-1688 | ewhipple@bu.edu

Boston – Emmet Gowin, a celebrated photographer featured in the Boston University Art Gallery (BUAG) fall exhibition TO FLY: Contemporary Aerial Photography, will speak about his life and work at a special lecture on September 14. The lecture is free and open to all members of the BU community as well as the public. It is hosted jointly by BUAG, the School of Visual Arts in the College of Fine Arts and the Art History Department in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Event Details
Date: Friday, September 14
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: BU College of Fine Arts Concert Hall (855 Commonwealth Avenue)
More Information: www.bu.edu/art

Photographing images including gold mines, open coal pits, battlefields and atomic test sites, Emmet Gowin focuses on recording the marks of environmental destruction around the world. From his aerial perspective, these scars in nature take on an abstract and elegant quality. Instead of taking an active political stance, his work is a testament to the earth’s strength to withstand the recklessness of humans.

Emmet Gowin is currently a Professor of Photography in the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University. He received his M.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and his B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University. An accomplished artist, his work is featured in museum collections internationally including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Tokyo Museum of Art, the George Eastman House in Rochester, Espace Photographic de Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum for American Art in New York. Additionally, Gowin has been honored with several fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, as well as a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

TO FLY: Contemporary Aerial Photography, on display at BUAG at the Stone Gallery through October 28, explores the works of 13 international photographers dedicated to capturing the earth from above. Curated by Boston University Professor of Art History Kim Sichel, the exhibition aims to survey the contemporary art movement of aerial photography, against the backdrop of the scientific and historical imagery that preceded it.

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