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Italy - A Good Walk: Photographs by Murray Weiss

May 29 - August 10, 2003

 

The Haggerty Museum of Art will present Italy - A Good Walk: Photographs by Murray Weiss May 29 through August 10, 2003. This exhibition includes work completed on two of the artist's most recent trips to Italy. It features images from Tuscany, Rome, Umbria, Spoletto and Castiglione. The photographs are of landscapes, sculpture, and architectural details. The exhibition opens May 29 at 6 p.m. with a gallery talk by the artist. A reception will follow at 7 p.m. at the Museum.

Weiss is a native of New York City who graduated from City University of New York Brooklyn College. He studied with one of the premier photographers of the twentieth century, Walter Rosenblum. In the early 1950s Weiss studied and worked with photographer Ralph Steiner. He began his teaching career at the Philadelphia College of Art and continued at the Yale University Summer Art School and Bennington College, Vermont. In 1972, Weiss joined the faculty of Milwaukee's Layton School of Art. He founded the Milwaukee Center for Photography in 1975 and served as its director until 1986. (right: Murray Weiss, Portrait with Angels in Pace, Spoleto, 2002, digital inkjet print)

"Murray Weiss has been for many years an important voice for photography in Milwaukee," said museum director Dr. Curtis L. Carter. "His recent work in digital color represents a fresh departure from a distinguished record as a photographer of traditional black and white photography."

Murray Weiss describes the artist's core problem as "how to make work 'come alive'. For that to happen, two salient ingredients must be present. First, the artist must be specific. Penetrating specificity enables an image to achieve a degree of universality and thereby live. Secondly, the materials must be used in a manner that targets and heightens that selectivity -- in a word, beautifully!"

During the first 32 years of his career, Weiss photographed almost exclusively in black and white. He began working in color in 1988. His work has been previously exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and museums in Vermont, Michigan and Wisconsin.

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