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When: Wednesday, September 22, 2021
12:00 AM - Saturday, October 23, 2021 5:00 AM
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Description: University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is delighted to host a career survey of the work of renowned U.S. artist Amanda Means at the University Art Gallery in Star Store Campus, Downtown New Bedford.

For over forty years, Amanda Means has created a body of work that has pushed the boundaries of the photographic medium with her celebrated Leaf, Flower, Water Glass, and Light Bulb series of images. Means has been a darkroom innovator throughout her career: adapting a 19th century camera for use as an enlarger, photographing objects without the use of negatives, working with a large-format Polaroid camera, and creating a series of remarkable abstracts working only with light and photographic materials. The artist's darkroom alchemy was cited by the Guggenheim Foundation in awarding Means their prestigious Fellowship in 2017 for her contribution to contemporary photography.

Our survey exhibition, Means' first retrospective, includes examples of work from all phases of her career. Alongside key pieces from her color Polaroid Light Bulb and silver gelatin Water Glass works, we are excited to be showing some of the artist's early prints and works on paper, as well as important examples of her black and white Flower and Light Bulb works. This affords a unique opportunity to view Means' most celebrated images in the broader context of her overall practice.

Amanda Means is a graduate of Cornell University and SUNY Buffalo, and is a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow, awarded for her contribution to contemporary photography. She has exhibited widely in the U.S. and abroad, and her work is included in numerous collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; the MIT List Visual Arts Center; the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y.; and the Nicola Erni Collection, Switzerland. The artist is represented by JHB Gallery, New York, and lives and works in Beacon, New York.

University Art Gallery
UMass Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Arts
Star Store Campus
715 Purchase Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
Facebook and Instagram: @UMassDartmouthGalleries
Contact: Viera Levitt, Gallery Director
(508) 999-8555
Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am – 6 pm.
Free and open to the public
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Topical Areas: General Public, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Exhibits