Rochester, N.Y., May 24, 2016—New York–based contemporary artist Erica Baum will be at the George Eastman Museum on Thursday, May 26 at 6 p.m. to discuss her work, which simultaneously operates as photograph and poem. Using the printed page as her primary subject, Baum fuses together photographic fragments of profound language, transforming the decontextualized words into messages that permeate everyday life.
Baum creates “subliminal narratives” using found words and images from paperback books, card catalogues, and paper rolls from player pianos, among other literary artifacts. Baum draws inspiration from contemporary artists who utilize text, such as Ed Ruscha and Lawrence Weiner, along with documentary-style photographers such as Walker Evans and Eugène Atget.
With experience in the fields of anthropology, linguistics, and poetry, Baum views text and language as physical objects—malleable mediums that can shape new associations and stir moods. Nat Trotman, associate curator at the Guggenheim Museum, wrote of Baum’s work in Aperture magazine: “Through these open-ended investigations Baum honors the tradition of print—that textured, tangible objectification of language that inexorably fades with each passing year.”
Baum’s talk is presented in conjunction with Thought Patterns at Deborah Ronnen Fine Art, May 20–August 15 (by appointment only). To schedule a visit, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (585) 218-9124. For more information, visit deborahronnenfineart.com.
Admission for the talk by Erica Baum is $6 for adults, $3 for students w/ID, and free for members of the George Eastman Museum.
About the George Eastman Museum
Founded in 1947, the George Eastman Museum is the world’s oldest photography museum and one of the largest film archives in the United States, located on the historic Rochester estate of entrepreneur and philanthropist George Eastman, the pioneer of popular photography. Its holdings comprise more than 400,000 photographs, 28,000 motion picture films, the world’s preeminent collection of photographic and cinematographic technology, one of the leading libraries of books related to photography and cinema, and extensive holdings of documents and other objects related to George Eastman. As a research and teaching institution, the Eastman Museum has an active publishing program and, through its two joint master’s degree programs with the University of Rochester, makes critical contributions to the fields of film preservation and of photographic preservation and collection management. For more information, visit eastman.org.
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