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Abelardo Morrell, “The Universe Next Door”
April 11, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Photographer Abelardo Morrell will present an LSU School of Art lecture, “The Universe Next Door,” at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 11, 2016, in the Design Building Auditorium (room 103).
Over the past 25 years, Morell has evolved as a photographer. Starting with his intimate, black-and-white pictures of domestic objects, continuing on to his later work transforming rooms into a giant camera obscura, and now, exploring camera obscura with color and an almost painterly delight.
Born in Havana, Cuba, in 1948, Morrell immigrated to the U.S. with his parents in 1962. He received an an MFA from Yale University in 1981. His publications include a photographic illustration of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Dutton, 1998), A Camera in a Room (Smithsonian Press, 1995), A Book of Books and Camera Obscura (Bulfinch Press, 2002/2004), and Abelardo Morrell (Phaidon Press, 2005). His recent publications include a limited edition book by the Museum of Modern Art in New York of his Cliché Verre images with a text by Oliver Sacks.
Morrell’s work has been collected and show in many galleries, institutions, and museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Chicago Art Institute; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Houston Museum of Art; the Boston Museum of Fine Art; the Victoria & Albert Museum in London; and over 70 other museums in the U.S. and abroad. A retrospective of his work organized jointly by the Art Institute of Chicago, the Getty in Los Angeles, and the High Museum in Atlanta closed in May 2014 after a year of travel. In October 2015, Morrell had his first show at the Edwynn Houk Gallery in New York featuring a selection of new pictures. Most recently, he had an exhibition, The Mind of Winter, at the Bowdoin College Art Museum, where he received an honorary degree in 1997.