March 16, 2017 - 04:00 PM / 06:00 PM
An American Silence: Walker Evans and Edward Hopper
Speaker: Jeffrey Allison, VMFA
4:00 – 6:00 | $10
The photographer Walker Evans and painter Edward Hopper were part of the generation of American artists who tore themselves away from European ideals at the start of the 20th century. Join speaker, Jeffrey Allison, as he explores these artists who celebrated America without filter, focusing on common people in common lives and places. Within those scenes lie a powerful silence in which directness creates a visual anxiety as we wonder what has just happened and what will happen next.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
JEFFREY W. ALLISON is the Paul Mellon Collection Educator and Manager, Statewide Programs and Exhibitions at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and a professional photographer.
He holds a BA in photography from Virginia Intermont College and an MFA in photography and film from VCU. He teaches Advanced Photography and the History of Photography at the VMFA and has taught for over thirty years at institutions including Virginia Intermont College, Virginia Commonwealth University, East Tennessee State University, the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, and Virginia Highlands Community College.
He currently serves on the boards of the Virginia Poverty Law Center and the Virginia Children’s Book Festival, and Virginia Association of Museums Governing Council.
The SPEAKER ON THE ARTS program has been organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and is supported, in part, by the Paul Mellon Endowment and the Jean Stafford Camp Memorial Fund. Menokin is a community partner of the VMFA.