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Randolph art history professor to give public lecture on borders and barriers in landscape photography

Lesley Shipley

Lesley Shipley

On Sunday, April 7, Lesley Shipley, an art history professor at Randolph, will give the lecture “Art on the Edge: Borders and Barriers in Contemporary Landscape Photography” at the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College. The program, which begins at 2 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Shipley will discuss the theme of borders in two contemporary landscape photographs: Carrie Mae Weems’ Untitled (from the Sea Island series) and Stephen Tourlentes’s Rawlins, Wyoming, Wyoming Death House. Both works are included in the exhibition, Developed and Disturbed: Visions of the American Landscape (January 25 – April 14, 2019), which was curated by Randolph College students.

Developed and Disturbed examines how landscape art may reveal an increasing tension between nature and industry within the United States. The exhibition was the capstone project for the Art History Curatorial Seminar, which offers upper-level undergraduates at Randolph the opportunity to curate an exhibition at the Maier, drawing largely on artworks from the College’s collection. Shipley, with assistance from the Maier’s staff, supervised the student curators in the fall of 2018.

Shipley holds an M.F.A. in painting from American University and a Ph.D. in art history from Bryn Mawr College. She came to Randolph following an appointment as visiting professor at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and has also has taught at Bryn Mawr College and Moore College of Art and Design.

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