Currently up at American U’s Katzen Arts Center is the exhibition Re-viewing Documentary: the Photographic Life of Louise Rosskam. On Nov. 9th, During FotoWeek, there will be a curators’ tour and book signing led by guest curators Laura Katzman and Beverly W. Brannan.[caption id="attachment_2354" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Louise Rosskam, Shulman's Market, 485 1/2 N St. SW, Washington DC, 1942, Kodachrome transparency"][/caption]
“We are delighted to participate in FOTOWEEK DC, which has become the most vibrant and dynamic photography forum in the District. The new Partner Page offers an invaluable opportunity for museums beyond the Mall to reach wide and diverse audiences for their exhibitions and public programs. The FOTOWEEK team members in their new Adams Morgan headquarters have been great to work with.” –Laura Katzman, Guest Curator, American University Museum
The exhibition showcases the work of Louise Rosskam, a less-known but prodigiously talented photographer from the golden age of American documentary photography. Works in the show include images of Southwest DC, which she documented while working for the Farm Security Administration during the years of the Great Depression and the Second World War. Some of these images were shot in color on Kodachrome, meaning you get the opportunity to see people and places from a vanished Washington. Also included in the exhibition are images of Puerto Rico as it developed from an impoverished U.S. possession to an industrialized commonwealth.
This exhibition has been positively reviewed by a number of sources, including two separate reviews in the Washington Post, so this is a show not to be missed. And if you’d like a bit of context with your images, be sure to make it to the curators’ tour and book signing. Anybody interested in great documentary photography or the history of the District will be sure to enjoy it. The event is free and parking is available at the Katzen.[caption id="attachment_2355" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Louise Rosskam, Near Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, 1945, gelatin silver print"][/caption]
American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016
Re-Viewing Documentary: The Photographic Life of Louise Rosskam
Through December 14, 2011
Curator’s Tour and Book Signing Wednesday November 9, 7:30 to 9 p.m.