Kind of Blue: Meghann Riepenhoff with David Chickey and Joshua Chuang
Where: New York Public Library—Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
476 Fifth Ave.
917-275-6975 Price: Free
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The contemporary photographer traces the impacts on her work made by pioneering nineteenth-century photographer Anna Atkins.
When Anna Atkins used the cameraless printing method known as cyanotype in the 1840s to record all the specimens of algae known in the British Isles, she became one of the first people in history to use photography for scientific purposes. Nearly 170 years later, Meghann Riepenhoff continues to deploy cyanotype in large-scale works that she describes as a “collaboration” with the elements. It is her attempt to question how “humans negotiate our relationship with the environment around us, how we connect with the landscape, and how impermanence reveals itself through the land, the human condition, and images.”
Riepenhoff’s work is part of the Library’s new exhibition, Anna Atkins Refracted: Contemporary Works. She will speak about her artistic process, what Atkins’ legacy has meant to her as a photographer, and her debut monograph, Ecotone + Littoral Drift . Following her presentation, Riepenhoff will be joined in conversation by conversation by publisher/designer David Chickey and Library curator Joshua Chuang.Buy tickets/get more info now