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Arts & Culture    

Long Exposure: A Century of Pictorialism

Through June 27, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art will have Long Exposure: A Century of Pictorialism on display.

Pictorialism, an international photographic movement that emerged late in the nineteenth century in Europe and soon spread to the United States, argued for photography’s status as a fine art through the adoption of techniques and subjects associated with painting.

After its invention around 1830, photography was generally believed to objectively depict the natural world. In the early 1840s, however, Scottish photographers David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson began making portraits that period viewers compared to the style of Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn. By 1870, Henry Peach Robinson, Julia Margaret Cameron, and other British photographers sought to distinguish the medium from science. To that end, they modeled their images after Impressionist paintings, used special filters, and manipulated negatives to achieve a painterly effect.

While the movement waned in the 1910s, this exhibition demonstrates Pictorialism’s lasting influence on amateurs, art photographers, Hollywood portraitists, and photographers of the American West. Long Exposure traces Pictorialism’s nineteenth-century beginnings to the present day, when contemporary artists and photographers continue to manipulate photographic images to create new art.

The museum, featuring complimentary admission thanks to a donation by The University of Oklahoma Athletics Department, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. The museum is closed on New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Day and New Year's Eve.


Starts Thursday, Jun. 10, 2021

Repeats 6/11/2021, 6/12/2021, 6/13/2021, 6/15/2021, 6/16/2021, 6/17/2021, 6/18/2021, 6/19/2021, 6/20/2021, 6/22/2021, 6/23/2021, 6/24/2021, 6/25/2021, 6/26/2021, 6/27/2021


10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

555 Elm Ave, Norman, OK 73019