UT to host Feb. 28 lecture from artist Rosamond PurcellWritten by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’ve ever delved deeply into the world of photography then there’s good chance you’ve come across the work of Rosamond Purcell. If you haven’t, that time is now.
The University of Toledo and Friends of the Library are offering a special guest lecture by the renowned photographer, author and collage artist in the Canaday Center for Special Collections at noon Feb. 28.
“Years ago I came across a copy of Rosamond’s book ‘Owls Head: the Nature of Lost Things’ while in an antique store in Maine,” said Barbara Miner, associate chair and head of studio for the UT Department of Art. “At first glance I was drawn in by the cover and then just fell in love with the book itself. So much so, that I later decided to assign it to my class. Her writing is poetic and layered and the students were able to relate in a way that was inspiring, so I assigned her again more recently. Then I wrote to her just to see if she might be willing to come here and she called to say that she would and that’s how everything was put into motion.
“I really feel like this is an event people shouldn’t miss because it’s a very rare opportunity, not only because she is engaging and interested in talking about her work, but because nobody like her has ever come to Toledo before.”
Purcell has written or illustrated 17 books, including two books with Stephen J. Gould. She is known for her photographic documentation of natural history collections housed in such far-flung places as the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. In addition, she has had more than 50 solo exhibitions of her photography including the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard (1984); the Field Museum, Chicago (1988); Bishop Museum, Honolulu, 1990 and the Cleveland Museum of Art (1995). This past fall, she was part of “Very Like a Whale,” an exhibition with Michael Witmore at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.
“Part of what Rosamond does is photograph scientific collections,” Miner said. “She just digs through everything and comes out with work that is simply compelling. She fearlessly transforms things — creating images that bring beauty to decay.”
The lecture is free and open to the public. The event will be followed by a reception. The Canaday Center is located on the fifth floor of the Carlson Library on the university’s Bancroft campus.
For more information, call (419) 530-4636 or visit www.utoledo.edu/cvpa/art.