AUBURN – In conjunction with an exhibition of 19th century photographs, Roger Hargreaves will give a talk on “The Social Context of 19th Century Portrait Photography,” Thursday, Feb. 19, at 5 p.m., in the auditorium of Auburn University’s Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
The museum galleries will be open until 8 p.m. as part of the museum’s Third Thursday Free Night. A reception and a wine tasting by Gus’s Fine Wine and Beer will follow the program.
AUBURN – The annual New Perspectives series begins this year with a lecture on photographer Prentice Herman Polk on Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. at Auburn University’s Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. Polk was a studio photographer and the official Tuskegee University photographer for 50 years. The series is sponsored by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts.
Amalia K. Amaki, professor of art history and curator of the Paul R. Jones Collection at the University of Alabama, will present Polk’s life and works in “P. H. Polk’s Images of Alabama.” Polk’s camera captured campus and community life as well as visiting dignitaries and local residents in hundreds of images. His work is a singular record of place and the Southern experiences of African Americans from the late 1920s until the early 1980s.
Ali vs. Liston, 1965
– “Visions of Victory, ” an exhibition of sports photography spanning 100 years, is on display at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University through Nov. 29. This exhibition brings together the different yet complementary worlds of athletics and photography in more than 100 images that capture some of the greatest moments in sports history.
The images in “Visions of Victory” are the works of photographers ranging from the world-renowned to the lesser-known and the anonymous. They include William Henry Jackson, one of America’s leading frontier photographers and artists; Annie Leibovitz, an American photographer known for her images of celebrities including political figures, musicians, actors and athletes; and David Burnett, a well-traveled photojournalist who recently was named one of American Photo magazine’s 100 Most Important People in Photography.