Exhibition Examines Narratives, Meaning & Time In 19th Century Photographs

Photography, Sequence, and Time
Exhibition Examines the Intersection of Narratives, Meaning and Time in 19th Century Photographs

(New Orleans, LA) – Continuing the focus on the museum’s vast photography collection, The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) presents, Photography, Sequence, and Time on view in NOMA’s second floor Templeman Galleries from September 14 through December 2, 2012.

Throughout history, photographers have sought to overcome the limitations of single photographic images. Photographers from artists to amateurs have produced photographic sequences that return the single image to a visible timeline and attempt to fix its meaning within the context of others.

“The constant assembling and re-shuffling of images has become an organizing principle in our lives,” Curator of Photographs Russell Lord said. “The works in this exhibition reflect our fragmented, multi-faceted culture.”

Photography, Sequence, and Time demonstrates how time can be measured in fractions of a second, and considers the concept of sequential photography broadly, including multiple exposure images (sequential images made on the same negative), and the role of sequencing in magazines. Lord encourages visitors to look beyond what is shown and consider the moments between the pictures.

“In all of these examples, what is not shown is just as important as what is,” Lord said. “That empty space between each picture becomes a threshold for through as our minds naturally seek to fill the void, to complete the story.”

Individual photographs often capture a flash in time stripped of narrative context. Photography, Sequence, and Time seeks to show visitors how sequencing, fragmentation, and the manipulation of time have been central to photography from its origins to the present.

Photography, Sequence, and Time is curated by Russell Lord, Freeman Family Curator of Photographs and includes over 50 works, most from NOMA’s permanent collection, by photographers such as Eadweard Muybridge, Edward Steichen, Walker Evans, Margaret Bourke-White, Clarence John Laughlin, Milton Rogovin, Malick Sidibé, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Paul Graham.

NOMA Admission
Wednesdays are FREE for all museum visitors. Adults, $10; Seniors (65 and up) and Students, $8; Children 7-17, $6; Children 6 and under, free.

About NOMA and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden
The New Orleans Museum of Art, founded in 1910 by Isaac Delgado, houses over 35,000 art objects encompassing 4,000 years of world art. Works from the permanent collection, along with continuously changing temporary exhibitions, are on view in the Museum’s 46 galleries Fridays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The adjacent Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden features work by over 60 artists,
including several of the 20th century’s master sculptors. The Sculpture Garden is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. except for Fridays when it’s open until 8:45 p.m. The New Orleans Museum of Art and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden are fully accessible to handicapped visitors and wheelchairs are available from the front desk. For more information about NOMA, call (504) 658-4100 or visit www.noma.org.

For further information, and images, please contact:
Grace Wilson
New Orleans Museum of Art