in American Society, 1935-43
U.Va. To Host
"Picturing Faith" Photography Exhibit
May 6, 2002-- A
collection of photographs that shows the place of religion in American
society, 1935-43, also features the work of some of Americas
best-known photographers Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, and
exhibit, "Picturing Faith: Religious America in Government
Photography, 1935-1943," will be on display at the University
of Virginias Newcomb Hall Art Gallery, from May 8 to June
1. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday,
beginning May 8. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
on Wednesday, May 8 at 4 p.m., Colleen McDannell, curator of the
exhibit who holds joint appointments in the University of Utahs
departments of history and religious studies, will lead a gallery
tour and discuss the exhibit. The tour is free and open to the public.
exhibit includes the work of talented photographers hired in 1935
by the Historical Division of the Farm Security Administration.
The FSA initiated a photographic survey of economic struggle and
social dislocation in Depression-era America to generate support
for New Deal reforms. Roy E. Stryker, the FSAs historical
division director, also wanted to produce a composite picture of
American society and asked the photographers to include pictures
of Americas religious life.
"sociologists with cameras" entered the homes and churches
of poor and middle-class Americans. They photographed people in
prayer, at domestic shrines, saying grace, going to church, and
at revival meetings. While some of these photographs are familiar,
this is the first exhibition of government photographers efforts
to represent religious life during this stressful time in our nations
by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, the exhibition includes 45
black- and-white photographs from the archives of the Library of
Congress. Accompanying the photographs are explanations that set
the photographs in their historical, artistic and religious context.
exhibit is sponsored by Artspace, The Project on Lived Theology,
U.Va.s Jewish Studies program and the Center on Religion and
Charlotte Crystal, (434) 924-6858