Wonder of Wonders: The Art of the American Daguerreotype
Wednesday, June 26, 7 p.m.
Jane Aspinwall, Associate Curator of Photography,
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

An enormously useful and popular invention, the daguerreotype was at once a science and an art, a documentary tool and an emblem of emotion and memory. Aspinwall will discuss the aesthetics of this earliest form of photography, revealing the surprising variety of subjects recorded. Aspinwall has worked with the Hallmark Photographic Collection at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art since 1999. She has organized numerous photography exhibitions at the Nelson-Atkins and has contributed to catalogues and books on the subject of 19th-century photography. The exhibition Photographic Wonders: American Daguerreotypes from The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art will be open 5–7 p.m. Prior to the lecture, Aspinwall will sign copies of The Origins of American Photography, From Daguerreotype to Dry-Plate, 1839-1885, a book which she co-authored with Keith F. Davis, also of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Copies of the book are for sale in the Taft Shop.

FREE Members and Students. $10 Public (includes exhibition admission)
Reservations: (513) 684-4515 or online
Sponsor: Stanley and Frances D. Cohen Lecture Series

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