The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Photography Scholars Program: Alchemy and Magic
Working in collaboration with guest photographer Leonor Jurado, this semester’s theme will focus on the concept of Alchemy and Magic. In the galleries, students will examine and discuss works by photographers such as Alfred Stieglitz, C.H. White, and Edward Steichen which incorporate elements of the magically real, and discuss the messages these works either convey or distort. Students are encouraged to look carefully and share their reactions, formulate theories based on observations, and make connections between art and life.
Following gallery discussions, students will create their own photographic portfolio inspired by the images and themes they discovered in the Museum’s collection. Through the hands-on production of their own images, and the option to digitally manipulate these images in the studio classroom with the use of their own MacBook Pro computer, students will experience the alchemical sense of magic that comes from the transformation of remixing ideas and finding a personal metaphor.
Workshops are taught by visiting photographer Leonor Jurado, the Museum curators, and Museum educators specially trained for this program. Sessions meet for three Saturdays throughout the month of February. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.
February 4, 2012
February 11, 2012
February 18, 2012
Exhibition opening reception:
April 12, 2012
Image caption: (top) Andreas Feininger, American (b. France, 1906-1999). The Photojournalist (Dennis Stock, Magnum Photographer), ca. 1955. Gelatin silver print. Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc., 2005.27.2645. (bottom) Artist Leonor Juardo, image courtesy of the artist..