Southern Spirituality Celebrated at the Morris

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New exhibition shines light on rural church communities

The Morris Museum of Art exhibits Lord, Remember Me! Photographs by Stanley Lanzano, from March 19 through June 5, 2005. With passion and candor, photographer Stanley Lanzano masterfully reveals aspects of the Deep South and African American religious life that are often misunderstood or overlooked. Critic Teri Tynes cites Lanzano for his ability to “break down the traditionally difficult boundaries between artist and subject,” with his direct and honest portrayal of a spirituality that is inherently connected to the South. The present exhibition shines a light on rural church communities, and it is as much a tribute to his talent as it is to the passion of his subjects. The exhibition, organized by Morris Museum of Art curator Jay Williams marks the first exhibition of Lanzano works in Georgia.

For more than twelve years, Lanzano has followed the Reverend Floyd Knowlin, an itinerant minister, to capture revival meetings, funerals, baptisms, and the everyday lives of African Americans in rural South Carolina. Lanzano is so connected to the flock, in fact, that this Yonkers-born, Yale-educated, family man, who resides in Boulder, Colorado, is presumed to be African American himself by many who encounter his work.

A self-taught photographer, Lanzano admires the writing of Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and Alice Walker, often selecting passages from their work to display with his photographs.

The Morris is hosting several events associated with the exhibition. The dates and details of some of those events follow. For further information, artist or curator interviews, or for more images, please contact Laurie Lockliear at 706-724-7501 or via email at laurielockliear@themorris.org.

Events:

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Terra Cognita Contemporary Artists Lecture Series: Stanley Lanzano.

7:00 p.m. in the museum auditorium. Exhibition will be open for viewing 6:00–7:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Conversations: The Southern Revival Meeting.

Ellis Johnson, director of the Augusta Chorale, and Friendly Church of God in Christ pastor Leroy James discusses the revival meeting experience as glimpsed in the photographs of Stanley Lanzano. Curator Jay Williams hosts. An informal reception follows. 7:00 p.m.

The Morris Museum of Art, open since 1992, celebrates the art and artists of the American South through richly diverse exhibitions and programs. It is open to the public from Tuesday through Saturday (10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.) and on Sunday (noon–5:00 p.m.). For information and images, call 706-724-7501.                                                

Contact: Laurie Lockliear

Phone: 706-724-7501

Fax: 706-724-7612

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