WAM: New exhibition and talk by photographer Lucinda Devlin

Photograph of a vast expanse of wheat in a field

Lucinda Devlin, Wheat Field, SD, 2008, from the series Field Culture

The Weatherspoon Art Museum will open a new exhibition, “Lucinda Devlin: Sightlines,” Friday with a talk by artist and a reception.

From the Weatherspoon:

“Lucinda Devlin’s photographs serve as social commentaries on timely and socially relevant issues such as personal rights, the death penalty, and agribusiness. An internationally recognized American photographer who now lives in Greensboro, Devlin began her career in the 1970s during the genesis of color photography in America. At the time, she took up not only color photography, but also the artistic approach that she continues to this day, one that emphasizes an objective or neutral point of view. Devlin also discovered her preferred subject matter: psychologically charged spaces absent of any human figures yet nonetheless signaling contemporary public and private life.”

Devlin has produced eight series of photographs. Her first, Pleasure Ground, featured images of thematic hotel rooms. Her best known series, The Omega Suites, shows images of sterile execution chambers and related apparatus. Others explore the meaning of place at such sites as zoos and amusement parks, tanning salons and health spas, and hospitals and funeral homes, among others.

The exhibition features 83 photographs chosen from all eight of Devlin’s series. It will be on display in the Weatherspoon’s main McDowell Gallery through April 23.

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