Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Visions of Mount Lebanon

In celebration of the Shaker Museum and Library's 60th Anniversary, the museum has brought together photographers from all genres to document their historical landmark, Mount Lebanon Shaker Village. For 160 years, from 1787 to 1947, the Shakers at Mount Lebanon led the largest and most successful utopian communal society in America. With over 6,000 acres and 100 buildings, Mount Lebanon Shaker Village was a driving force in the agricultural, industrial, commercial, and institutional activities of its day. The Site was named a National Historic Landmark in 1965, and was recognized by the World Monuments Fund in both 2004 and 2006 as one of the 100 most significant endangered historic sites in the world. Invited to photograph the Village, the photographers were given free reign to shoot anything within the Mt Lebanon parameters and use their own vision to create a tableau of this majestic landscape. The exhibition is installed by noted museum designer Jeff Daly, with the participation of guest juror Jeff L. Rosenheim, curator of photographs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Also on view are historic photographs of the site from the Museum's collection, as well as from the National Park Service's just-completed Historic American Landscapes Survey. Among the photographers participating are Uli Rose, Michel Arnaud, Paul Lange, Mimi Forer, Jane Feldman and myself. My contribution is below "Facing West 6:45 pm". The show is up now but the benefit event is this coming Sat July 20th at 5:00-8:00pm, so if you feel like giving to a terrific historical cause please come to the Mount.

Exhibition portfolio catalogs are available. Please contact Geoff Miller for more information.

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