About the blog:
This is a blog about an exhibition I am curating called, And Now It’s Dark: American Night Photography. The show will run between 6th September and 9th November 2014 at the DjanoglyArt Gallery. The Gallery is on the campus of the University Of Nottingham and is part of the Lakeside Arts Centre (http://www.lakesidearts.org.uk/). On October 18th there is a symposium/day event planned at which Jeff Brouws, Todd Hido and Will Steacy will attend and speak about their work. The event will take place at Lakeside Arts Centre and I will invite several other guest speakers, including Simon Baker, Curator of Photography and International Art at Tate Modern.
Another function of the blog is to describe how the show came about – so what were the original ideas behind the exhibition, which photographers and works were part of these plans, etc.? – and to provide updates on how the the exhibition is progressing as the opening date draws nearer.
The blog is also a place to describe my own academic interests in the history of photography and how this exhibition fits into a broader context of my own work in this area.
My name is Mark Rawlinson and I work at the University of Nottingham in the History of Art Department. My research and teaching focus is American art and photography, and this exhibition represents one aspect of my current work. Over the years I have written a book on Charles Sheeler (IB Tauris, 2007), another called American Visual Culture (Bloomsbury, 2009), and written articles, essays and exhibition catalogue pieces on American modernism, New Topographics and contemporary American photography.
Thanks for reading and hope you enjoy the blog.