Documents in Black and White: Photographs by Nancy Ottmann Albert

Hilcrest Orchards (c) Nancy Ottmann Albert

Oct. 5-Dec. 16, 2016

The exhibition “Documents in Black and White” consists of photographs from the Nancy Ottmann Albert Collection. Selected by the artist, the works span the thirty years she spent documenting New England’s built environment. Inspired by Walker Evans and the FSA photographers, Albert (MALS ’94) began to photograph textile mills and industrial sites throughout New England in 1981. Shooting black and white film in a medium format camera, she returned over the years to record their decline and disappearance. Further exploration led her to seek out other endangered structures and landscapes. These include mental institutions emptied by changing philosophies of treatment and a commissioned study of Long River Village, Middletown’s oldest housing project, prior to its demolition. The exhibition also contains images of roadside and urban vernacular architecture; barns and abandoned homesteads; filling stations; drive-in theaters. All of the work, which includes gelatin silver photographs, was printed by the artist.

Previous Exhibitions

A Stellar Education: Astronomy at Wesleyan, 1831-1916

Textile Messages: Wesleyan Student Apparel Through the Decades

Wes Meets East: From Missionaries to the Freeman Asian Scholars Program

WESU: Celebrating 75 Years of Community Radio

Retracing President Kennedy's Final Journey: Selections from William Manchester's Research Files

John Cage Writes

Saved From Europe: The Kallir Family Collection of Austrian and German Literature

Previous Open Houses

400 Years of the Bard in Print  (April 2016)

Passion and Power, Prints and Text: German Books in the Age of Dürer  (February 2016)

Online Exhibitions

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Cross Street A.M.E. Zion Church: Struggle, Jubilee, Vision

Old Books, New Pedagogy: Special Collections and Archives in the Curriculum

Born in Obscurity, Reared in Strife: A Short History of the Trials, Travels, and Travails of the Douglas Cannon

We are also adding Wesleyan archival documents to The American Context of China's Christian Colleges digital project.