Reception, film screening and conversation with photographer Rosamond Purcell
An Art That Nature Makes: The Work of Photographer Rosamond Purcell
Sponsored by Mount Holyoke College Museum of Art | Co-hosted by A.P.E@Hawley Street
Saturday, February 23, 2019
6 pm: Reception with Rosamond Purcell
7 pm: Film, Conversation and Booksigning
33 Hawley Street, The Arts Trust Building in Northampton, MA
$20: Reception with Hearty Appetizers & Event
$10: Event only
$5: Students with valid ID (reception and event)
Limited Seating. Reservations Strongly Encouraged. Register Here.
An Art That Nature Makes:
The Work of Photographer Rosamond Purcell
Finding unexpected beauty in museum objects, the natural world and the discarded and decayed, photographer Rosamond Purcell has developed a body of work that has garnered international acclaim, graced the pages of National Geographic and over 20 published books, and has attracted admirers such as Jonathan Safran Foer, Errol Morris and Stephen Jay Gould.
A "New York Times Critic's pick," An Art That Nature Makes details Purcell’s work and offers insight into her unique way of recontextualizing objects into sometimes disturbing but always breathtaking imagery.
Historic Northampton and A.P.E.@Hawley Street are honored and delighted to announce that both Rosamond Purcell and the film's producer (and Northampton native!) Alan Edelstein will be on-hand to meet with people during a special reception and available to answer questions and sign books after the film.
A perfect evening that combines history, museums, art, transformative beauty and storytelling.
Release Date: 2015 | Running Time: 74 minutes | Color Type: Color
Director: Molly Bernstein | Producer: Alan Edelstein | Executive Producer: Philip Dolin
Rosamond Wolff Purcell
Rosamond Wolff Purcell is a leading American photographer whose strangely beautiful, often unsettling images of objects from the natural and man-made world have earned her international acclaim. Her collaborations with such diverse intellects as paleontologist and science historian Stephen Jay Gould, magician Ricky Jay, and Shakespeare scholar Michael Witmore testify to both the depth and breadth of her interests: the murky boundary between art and science, the mystery of decomposition and metamorphosis, and the universal human need to collect and classify.
Her numerous books include Book Nest, Illuminations, A Glorious Enterprise: The Museum of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, and Owls Head: On the Nature of Lost Things, a lyrical account of Purcell’s 20-year photographic “excavation” of a Maine junk yard. Her work has been exhibited at many major museums throughout the United States and Europe, and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Academy of Science, and the Victoria and Albert in London.
Special guest Alan Edelstein, the film's producer and a Northampton native, will be on-hand to answer questions during the reception & after the film.
Producer Alan Edelstein has worked as a writer and producer for film, television, and communications. A journalist as well as a filmmaker, he has written on arts and culture for several publications including The New York Times. Edelstein received an Academy Award nomination for his 1985 documentary short The Wizard of Strings, a profile of the 1920s string instrumentalist and vaudeville start Roy Smeck.