Lisa Hostetler has put together another outstanding exhibit of photography at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Street Seen: the Psychological Gesture in American Photography 1940-1959 opened last night to an overflow crowd in both the lecture hall and the overflow video feed venue (when the overflow is overflowing on a night when the temperature was around 4 degrees F you have a lot of interest). Her talk once again was aesthetically and historically informative while never crossing into the arcane or hopelessly academic. She invites people to see and consider more than lectures what to see or consider. The exhibit remains through April 25th which gives ample time to examine the photographs, paintings and objects without the opening night crowds. Take a look at the calendar of events for details on gallery talks, a symposium in early March and a talk by Phillip-Lorca diCorcia in April.
The beautiful catalog (New York Times review here) is available both through MAM and here. I love that I was able to have mine signed last night by both Lisa and Saul Leiter.
The night ended with dinner with Kevin, Andy, and Sonja. Wine always helps when sorting out the contemporary photographic world.