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The Beauty, Humor and Humanity of America

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The Annenberg Space for Photography

2000 Avenue of the Stars

#10

Los Angeles, CA 90067

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Photographer Carol M. Highsmith and Not an Ostrich exhibit curator Anne Wilkes Tucker will kick off our Iris Nights lecture series by discussing Highsmith’s decades long projects to photograph America with images from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. The conversation will also cover her singular act of donating the images in the project to the Library of Congress, her experiences ‘on the road,’ and the influence of other trailblazing women photographers like Dorothea Lange and Frances Benjamin Johnston, both of whom have close connections to the Library of Congress and have inspired Highsmith.”

Anne Wilkes Tucker is the curator emerita of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, having, in 1976, become founding curator of the photography department for which she acquired 30,000 photographs made on all seven continents. She curated or co-curated over 40 exhibitions, most with accompanying catalogues, including surveys on the Czech Avant-garde, the history of Japanese photography, and the history of war photography. She has also contributed articles to over 150 magazines, books and other catalogues and has lectured throughout the North and South America, Europe and Asia. Her honors, fellowships, and awards include being selected as “American’s Best Curator” by Time Magazine in 2001 in an issue devoted to America’s Best.

Photographer Carol M. Highsmith has been visually documenting late-20th and early-21st Century America on behalf of our national library for 25 years. Her Library of Congress archive of more than 42,000 images (and growing) includes photographs of people, small towns and metropolitan areas, landscapes and national parks, rural scenes, and the built environment. Her online collection features color, black-and-white, and infrared images taken on both 4x5-format film and in high-quality digital formats.

Beginning in 2010, Highsmith undertook the “project of a lifetime”: meticulous, state-by-state documentary expeditions, enriching the Library’s contemporary visual collection. The generosity of this distinguished and richly published American photographer in dedicating the image rights to the American people for copyright- and royalty-free use makes the Carol M. Highsmith Archive a truly special visual resource.

Note: The location and time for Iris Nights events have changed. Events are now being held inside Annenberg Space for Photography. Doors open at 6:30PM, so please come enjoy the exhibit! Events begin at 7PM.

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