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Exhibit by photographer using 19th century processes opens at Hampshire Model gallery

Works by Mary Frey look at taxidermied animals and forensic facial reconstructions

A new exhibit has opened at Hampshire College featuring Mary Frey’s photographs of taxidermied animals and forensic facial reconstructions, captured using two 19th century processes: Ambrotypes, familiar from Civil War era portraits, and lithophanes, images cast in translucent porcelain.

Frey has extended these 19th century processes to include contemporary digital technologies.  Her subjects in this exhibit invite reflection on loss, presence and questions of life and death. The objects she creates – through a combination of science, imagination and artistic endeavor- are compelling both in themselves and as metaphors. 

The exhibit entitled Two Projects, is on view in the Leo Model Gallery at Hampshire through March 15, 2016. Frey will give a public gallery talk on Wednesday, January 27 at 5pm, followed by a reception. All are welcome.

Frey received her MFA from Yale and has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and two National Endowment for the Arts grants. Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the International Polaroid Collection, and many other public and private collections.

Leo Model Gallery
Jerome Liebling Center for Film, Photography and Video
Hampshire College
Gallery Hours:
Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm
Friday 9am- 5pm
Sat/Sun 1-5pm
The gallery is wheelchair accessible.

Grackle on Branch by Mary Frey
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