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Join the Studio Art Department for Breakfast with the Arts with Photographer and Senior Lecturer Virginia Beahan.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Nearburg Gallery, Black Family Visual Arts Center
Pastries and coffee from Lou's Bakery will be served!
Virginia Beahan received her BA in English from Pennsylvania State University and her MFA from Tyler School of Art. Since then she has traveled extensively making landscape photographs with her 8”x10” Deardorff view camera, earning grants and fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, the Mellon Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
In 2001, Beahan began a project in Cuba, looking at the ways the social and political landscape reveals stories about both the past and the present. Her monograph, CUBA singing with bright tears, depicts a country both tragic and beautiful, struggling beneath the weight of history. Larger-than-life images of revolutionary heroes Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos populate the island. Sublime and treacherous bodies of water remind us of Cuba’s isolation, though it is only 90 miles from U.S. shores. José Martí’s words are literally written on the land as he reminds us, “Education is freedom.”
This exhibition will feature photographs from Beahan’s published Cuba work as well as new images from the transitional economic years post-Fidel Castro.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, San Francisco MoMA, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, are among the many institutions that have collected Beahan’s photographs.
This event is sponsored by the Leslie Center for the Humanities.