Our Next Program - Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 10:00AM
Peoria Riverfront Museum
Profile Portrait of Frederick Douglass, circa 1858
The Nelson –Atkins Museum of Art, Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc.
copyright Nelson Gallery Foundation
The Radical Art of the Daguerreotype
Jane Aspinwall, Associate Curator and Collections Supervisor-Photography, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
The daguerreotype process was the first publicly available photography process. Invented by Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, it was introduced worldwide in 1839 and used commonly until other less expensive methods of capturing more readily viewable images were introduced in 1860. The lecture will focus on highlights of the Hallmark Photographic Collection, which includes one of the largest and most important collections of American daguerreotypes.
Aspinwall is Associate Curator of Photography at the Nelson-Atkins Museum and has worked with the Hallmark Photographic Collection since 1999. She holds a master’s degree in art history from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions, including: Developing Greatness: Origins of American Photography, 1839-1885; Exploring Egypt: 19th Century Expeditionary Photography; Heavens: Photographs of the Sky & Cosmos; and Timothy O’Sullivan: The King Survey Photographs. Her writings include monographs about the Hallmark Photographic Collection, Terry Evans and Timothy H. O'Sullivan.