"We might climb a tree, at least." H. D. Thoreau

The impetus of this exhibition is the celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of Henry David Thoreau 1817 - 1862.  The Maine Museum of Photographic Arts is proud to collaborate with Adam Tuchinsky (dean) and Libby Bishoff of the University of southern Maine by hosting several events this year to that pay tribute to Thoreau.  For our part, director Denise Froehlich of MMPA hopes to commemorate the ideas and writings of this visionary leader with an exhibition and a reissue of H. D. Thoreau’s Walking published by Tilbury House Publishers in Thomaston Maine.

"The portfolio/exhibition celebrates artists who are inspired by Thoreau and his interest in conservation and the transcendental movement.  Many photographers and works have been chosen because of a sensitivity/kinship to these ideals.  This is a timely endeavor In light of our states efforts in conservation and stewardship (of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument) and we couldn’t be more proud of highlighting the great and thoughtful photographic artists of Maine."                                            -                                                                                                                                                                                                Director Denise Froehlich

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 2, 2017, 6-8pm

Keliy Anderson Staley
Ethan Hayes - Chute
Gail Skudera
Sam Brooks Walker
Sarah Szwaijkos
Dan Mills
Elizabeth Greenberg
Gary Green
Johanna Moore
D. M. Witman

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 2, 2017, 6-8pm

Artist Panel Discussion:  Thursday, November 16, 6-8pm (7th floor)

 

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Walking by H.D.Thoreau

reissue by Tilbury Press, intro by Adam Tuchinsky of USM

Margo Halverson of Alice Design Communication/Book Design

Artists: Gary Green, Elizabeth Greenberg, Kurita Koichiro and Jan van Voorst van Beest

 

“The life of Thoreau straddles the era that witnessed the birth of our modern, market- based, urban culture. A singular figure and writer, even amongst the Transcendentalists whose impulses he shared, he was also, to borrow his mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson’s term a “representative man.” Though he remains the towering figure in the history of nature writing, he symbolizes the way in which nature became for a certain class and subset of Americans—hipsters, bohemians, artists—an other. A creature of New England village life, Thoreau’s life was interspersed with what even he would consider wilderness excursions. Notably, he went to Maine, and he went there to find a landscape that would take him beyond ordinary, “civilized” experience. The landscape was raw, and it had much to teach him. “Nature was here something savage and awful though beautiful,” he wrote. “    Adam Tuchinsky, Dean of USM

Exhibition Dates:  November 2, 2017- January 27, 2018

"We might climb, a tree at least," H. D. Thoreau

 
 
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