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Exhibitions

Southern Accents
Permanent Collection Photos of the South by Southerners

December 02 through February 11, 2018

On view in the Wynona W. Wilson Orientation Center and William A. Williamson, Jr. Family Gallery

Jerry Siegel (American, born 1958), Birds, Perry County, Alabama, 2002, digital inkjet print on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Association Purchase, 2008.3

Moonlight and magnolias may characterize the South in the imagination of many people, but few southern photographers have turned their cameras on these subjects. However, the enigmatic ruins of Windsor, an antebellum mansion, captured the attention of Clarence John Laughlin and a couple other artists, while country churches and baptism ceremonies stimulated several artists to document these distinctive southern structures and associated religious rituals. Like their northern counterparts, many southern photographers have pictured the landscape and some have made portraits of their contemporaries. Friends and families, community elders, and renowned artists have all become camera fodder for intrepid cameramen (and camerawomen) whose work is in the collection of the Museum.

Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama.

Sponsor

Sponsored by River Bank and Trust

Installation

Left to right: Clarence John Laughlin (American, 1905–1985), The Enigma, 1941, gelatin silver print on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase in memory of Adolph Weil, Jr., with funds provided by Montgomery Masters, 1996.1; Nancy Marshall (American, born 1946), Windsor Ruins, negative 1999, printed 2000, palladium/platinum contact print on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase, 2004.12.2; Kate Cleghorn (American, born 1953), Windsor Ruins, 2007, digital inkjet print on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase, 2008.15

 

Installation photography at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

 

Chester Higgins (American, born, 1946), Shugg Lampley at the Garden Gate, negative 1968, printed 2007, platinum print on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase, 2007.14

Jerry Siegel (American, born 1958), Birds, Perry County, Alabama, 2002, digital inkjet print on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Association Purchase, 2008