Beyond the Lens: The Art of the Mysterious — May 7-Aug 6
May 7 – August 6, 2023
Philip Flowers, Angel, 2023. Kodak Endua Pro Luster paper. Image courtesy of the artist and the Huntsville Photographic Society, AL.
Whether through intriguing subjects or moody settings, images that express a sense of wonder, curiosity, bewilderment, or even confusion activate our imaginations and force us to participate in unraveling a visual mystery.
Alice Searcy, Stairway to Oblivion, 2022. Digital photograph. Image courtesy of the artist and the Huntsville Photographic Society, AL.
Featuring over 45 photographs by 24 members of the Huntsville Photographic Society, Beyond the Lens: The Art of the Mysterious highlights diverse approaches to portraying the theme of mystery – a theme inspired by the Huntsville Museum of Art’s recent exhibition Mystery & Benevolence: Symbolic Expressions of the Masonic and Odd Fellows from the American Folk Art Museum (on view in Huth, Boeing, Salmon, and Haws Galleries through June 18). Beyond the Lens presents the mastery of the art and science of photography by the members of the Huntsville Photographic Society. While each image is shaped by the photographer’s unique vision, the grouping highlights a universal feeling of mystery and how this awareness influences our response to images.
This exhibition was organized and juried by the Huntsville Museum of Art’s Curatorial team–Allison Overfield, David Reyes, and Natalie Mault Mead–and is generously supported by the Alabama State Council on the Arts and The Huntsville Museum of Art Guild.