Museum to Host Exhibition of Noted Photographers

By Rosanne Pellegrini
Staff Writer

Pictures that capture and convey hope, taken by some of the 20th century's most distinguished photographers, will be on display at Boston College when the McMullen Museum of Art welcomes the traveling exhibition, "Hope Photographs," on Sept. 30.

The exhibition, which runs at the museum through Dec. 9, will showcase the works of over 90 contemporary photographers, including Harry Callahan, Lee Friedlander, Nan Goldin, Edward Grazda, Joel Meyerowitz, Duane Michals, Abelardo Morrell, Nicholas Nixon, Barbara Norfleet and Cindy Sherman.

"The McMullen Museum is pleased to present a dazzling array of the most influential and experimental photographers of our day," said McMullen Museum Director Nancy Netzer. "The works selected encourage viewers to contemplate the visual manifestation of hope, a theme central to Jesuit spirituality and education."

An opening reception for "Hope Photographs" will take place on Sept. 30 from 2-5 p.m., with a lecture at 3 p.m. in Devlin 008 by Assoc. Prof. John McDargh (Theology) titled "We Shall Go On By the Light of Our Hearts: Hope and the Imagination."

Organizers describe the exhibition as a testimony to the power of art to overcome contemporary malaise. The curators have found hope in both predictable and less expected places: birth and childhood, invention, nature, sports and risk-taking, romance and human connection, religion, and justice.

In close company with the fine-art practitioners of photography are the documentary and journalistic photographers whose work appears in the mass media, the curators note. A photograph by contemporary diarist Nan Goldin is placed next to arch-formalists like Harry Callahan and Robert Adams, who in turn share space with social documentarians such as Geoff Winningham and Leonard Freed.

"We started with the belief that an act of creation - photography, in this case - is an act of hope," write curators Alice Rose George and Lee Marks. "Hope is a future-oriented desire," they contend, and "photography and hope share a common physical and metaphorical quality-light."

As an accompaniment to the exhibition, Boston College administrators and faculty have contributed short essays in response to the question, "Where do you find hope?," which will be displayed in the gallery alongside the photographs.

For more information on the exhibition, and the McMullen Museum's hours of operation, visit the World Wide Web site at or call the Arts Line at ext.2-8100. The Chronicle "Calendar" section on page 8 also provides information on the exhibition and related events.


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