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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Helios/ Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change

Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change
The first retrospective exhibition to examine all aspects of Muybridge’s art, 
will be on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. 
April 10 – July 18, 2010

Best known for his groundbreaking studies of animal and human locomotion, 19th-century photographer Eadweard Muybridge was also an innovative landscape artist and pioneer of documentary subjects.

Structured in a series of thematic sections, Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change includes
numerous vintage photographs, albums, stereographs, lantern slides, glass negatives and positives, camera equipment, patent models, Zoopraxiscope discs, proof prints, notes, books, and other ephemera. Over 300 objects created between 1858 and 1893 are brought together for the first time from numerous international collections. Muybridge’s only surviving Zoopraxiscope—an apparatus he designed in 1879 to project motion pictures—will also be on view.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010  7pm
Join photographer Mark Klett and cultural historian Rebecca Solnit in a first lecture celebrating Helios:  Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change.  Klett and Solnit discuss their collaborations on projects that probe and re-examine Muybridge’s photographic explorations of the changing physical and cultural landscapes of the West.

Opening weekend is full of excitement:  on Sunday, April 11, join for an entirely FREE day at the Corcoran!  The museum will be free and open to the public all day Sunday, and between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., for Lights, Camera, Action! Family Day, a FREE day of fun and entertainment for children and adults alike.  Live aerial dancers, acrobats, art-making workshops, and an authentic Victorian-era “magic lantern show” are just a few of the events to take place.

American Falls: Phil Solomon
April 10 – July 18, 2010

American Falls: Phil Solomon is a new multi-projection video installation by celebrated experimental filmmaker Phil Solomon, commissioned for the Corcoran’s Rotunda. Inspired by Frederic Edwin Church’s 1857 masterpiece Niagara, one of the best-known paintings in the Corcoran’s collection, and by Washington’s memorial architecture, American Falls explores the aspirations and struggles that lie at the heart of the American Dream.

Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design
(202) 639-1700
www.corcoran.org

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