Huntsville, Ala – The Huntsville Museum of Art (HMA) is pleased to present Frozen in Place: Southern Photographs from the Collection, on view NOW through August 21, 2016.
Frozen in Place presents more than 50 photos from the Museum’s permanent collection which tell compelling stories about this region’s unique people, places, and traditions. Exhibition highlights include artist Pinky Bass’ evocative self-portrait taken with a simple pinhole camera; James Morris’ image of rampant kudzu engulfing everything in its path; and photos of traditional African-American river baptisms by John Reese, Kathryn Tucker Windham, and Caroline Davis.
“As one of the nation’s most culturally distinct regions, the American South has long been a magnet for artistic exploration and documentation,” said Peter J. Baldaia, HMA Director of Curatorial Affairs. “Because of the camera’s ability to so vividly record reality, many artists have chosen the medium of photography as the vehicle to convey their unique impressions and experiences of the South.”
Many of these photographs were added to the collection in the 1980s and early 1990s through a series of original exhibitions curated by local photographic archivist and historian Frances Robb, wife of former Museum Director David Robb. The Museum has large holdings of photographs by critically-acclaimed artists like William Christenberry (also ON VIEW NOW), Chip Cooper, Reese, and Windham. For hours and admission, visit hsvmuseum.org, or call 256-535-4350.