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Conference focuses on photography of American West, April 29

An academic conference titled "Framing the Frontier: A Day of Lectures in Honor of Alfred L. Bush" is set for 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 29, in 101 McCormick Hall.

Organized by the Friends of the Princeton University Library, the conference will focus on the early photography of the American West and contemporary issues surrounding its collection, display and ownership. It is intended to honor Alfred L. Bush, who retired as curator of Western Americana in December 2002. Bush voraciously collected photographs of the American West during his 45-year tenure at Princeton, ultimately gathering some 5,000 images that recently have been cataloged by Heather Shannon, who will curate an exhibition that also opens April 29.

In the conference's first panel, "Picturing the West," the speakers will explore the place of photography in early expeditions to the West, in the rise of the western cityscape and in Native American consciousness. The speakers in second panel, "Western Americana Photographs in the Archive," will discuss collecting Western photographs, their display in exhibitions and the ethics and politics of photographic images in the age of intellectual property.

The conference will be followed at 4 p.m. by a lecture by Martha Sandweiss, professor of history and American studies at Amherst College, in 101 McCormick, and the opening of the exhibition, "Framing the Frontier: Photographers and the American West, 1850-1920," at Firestone Library's Main Gallery.

For registration and more information, contact Linda Oliveira at 258-3155.

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