ArtYard presents “The Past Is Prologue: Vernacular Photography, Pop Photographica, and the Road to Selfie Culture,” an exhibition featuring vernacular photography from the collections of Daile Kaplan, W.M. Hunt, Nigel Poor, Pete Brook, and Cynthia Elyce Rubin, with original works by Marcia Lippman and Cassandra Zampini.
Curated by Jill Kearney and Temple Smith Richardson, the exhibition begins with an opening event from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at 62A Trenton Ave., Frenchtown, N.J.
It offers an experiential guide to the evolution of everyday photography from the late 19th century to Instagram, and charts a terrain comprised of unauthored and found photographs, as well as commercial objects and images divorced from their original contexts.
Works of vernacular photography encompass photo booth portraiture, family albums and snapshots, press prints from newspaper archives, and industrial catalogs.
Other components of the exhibition include: a sewn timeline of vernacular images dated from the 1920s to the present, a translucent wall constructed of illuminated X-rays from the 1930s by ArtYard’s artistic director, Elsa Mora, and an homage to the Paper Moon photo booths of the 1920s and 1930s constructed by ArtYard’s Steve Maiorano.
The exhibition will also feature a rare 1939 photo album documenting a year in the life of a 9-year-old girl. At a table equipped with stereopticons and three-dimensional historical photographs, visitors are also invited to engage with early film technology documenting World War I trench warfare.
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