The exhibition, In Time We Shall Know Ourselves: Photographs by Raymond Smith, organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, travels to its fourth venue, the Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, where it will be on display from October 24, 2015 through January 3, 2016. The exhibition consists of fifty-two photographs taken on a three month road trip through much of the South and parts of the Midwest and the Northeastern U.S. in the summer of 1974. Substantial reviews of the exhibition have appeared in the Florida Times-Union (for the exhibition at Jacksonville MOCA), the Charlotte Observer (for the exhibition at the Hickory Museum of Art) and the Montgomery Advertiser, and a feature based on an interview with the photographer is scheduled for publication in the October issue of Atlanta Magazine.
An opening reception is scheduled for October 23, to which ARLIS colleagues are invited.
For those attending the ARLIS/SE Chapter Conference in Atlanta, November 12-13, 2015, it is hoped that members coming the day before (Wednesday, November 11) or staying an extra day in Atlanta on Saturday, the 14th, will take the two hour drive to Athens to view the exhibition. A book published in conjunction with the exhibition will be available at the Georgia Museum of Art’s museum shop.
The photographer will be presenting a talk at the museum auditorium at 5 P.M. , November 19, followed by a question and answer session and a tour of the exhibition with the museum’s Deputy Director and curator of the exhibition Annelies Mondi. The talk, titled “Report from Infinity: Rural Highway, Southern Georgia, After Rainstorm” and reception are free and open to the public.
Raymond Smith, of R.W. Smith Bookseller, New Haven, Connecticut, has been a long-time ARLIS member and supporter since the early 1980s and has exhibited at many of the national conferences over the years. His photographs are in the collections of the Yale University Art Gallery, the New Britain Museum of American Art, The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, and the Harry Ransom Center Gernsheim Collection of Photography, University of Texas at Austin. His photographs have been published in Chicago Review, New America, and most recently in Southern Cultures. His talks have included “Photography and Genealogy”, presented at historical and genealogical societies in Connecticut and Long Island, “Imaging the South” presented at the Southern Studies Conference, Auburn University (Montgomery Branch), in 2013, and “I Am a Camera” delivered at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in 2014 and available on SoundCloud.