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An Exhibition of Photographs by Isabel Flower

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts presents an exhibition of photographs exploring the display of personal photographs in material culture by Isabel Flower, a senior in the program, on April 16 through 19 in the Lucas Gallery at 185 Nassau Street. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 18 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the gallery. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Flower’s exhibition, her senior thesis project in pursuit of a degree in studio art, focuses on the carefully curated photographs that people display in their personal spaces.  

“The personal photograph possesses a reverential valence,” explains Flower, “particularly when clusters of photographs are displayed as altar-like collections woven into the architecture of private spaces.”

She notes that these “photo altars” are at once presented as intimate devotionals while also consciously curated for the outsider’s eye. “The images in Altar are intended to consider the meaning of ‘photo altars’ in terms of their place in material culture,” notes Flower, “and the ability of photographs to mediate our perceptions or time, and our relationship to memory, to others, and ourselves.”

The images in the exhibition, which are large-scale photographs documenting these “altars,” were created with medium format color film and digital inkjet printing.


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Photo caption:  One of the images by senior Isabel Flower in her exhibition of large scale photographs, Altar.
Photo credit: Photo by Isabel Flower

Event Information

Opening reception:
Thursday, April 18
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Exhibit runs:
April 16 - 19, 2013

10 AM - 4:30 PM

Lucas Gallery
Lewis Center for the Arts
at 185 Nassau Street
Princeton University

Free and open to the public




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