This year’s Louisville Photo Biennial is nearing an end (Nov. 7), but it’s been a good run for the nearly 60 exhibitions that have been on display throughout the city since Sept. 25. One of the most accessible of the art forms, photography and its methods and messages are the topic at galleries and exhibit spaces during the biennial show, which has grown consistently since 1999.
It’s likely you’ve seen a handful of the exhibits even if you haven’t stepped inside a gallery. Unconventional spaces like a bar, a brandy distillery and a library are incorporated into the show’s reach. With less than two weeks left, we thought we’d highlight a few more Photo Biennial exhibitions. And for a full list, click here.
“Photography Since the Millennium” @ Carnegie Center for Art & History — Through Jan. 9
This show, which highlights the work of more than 25 local and regional photographers, is curated by local photo icon C.J. Pressma and examines the ever-changing transformation of the art form.
“In recent years, and with dizzying speed, technological advances and new philosophies have ushered in an era of highly innovative and vastly different kinds of photographic expression,” explains Pressma. “The medium’s early representational roots are, for several artists, all but gone — so much so that the very definition of ‘What is photography?’ is being reconsidered.”
You have more time than most of the shows to get out and see this, since the exhibit is up through Jan. 9.
“Veiled” @ Tim Faulkner Gallery — Through Nov. 7
The five pieces in international photographer Jon Eland’s “Veiled” tackles the themes of both the acceptance and denial of gay marriage, love and loss. Although the exhibit was planned before the Supreme Court ruling in June, Eland’s work covers topics that impact and represent the queer community.
This exhibit is part of a larger base of works in which he uses the veil as a metaphor for acceptance and identity.
“Veils are typically applied to women — a way of obscuring the view of beautiful and precious things or a way to distance oneself in times of strong emotion — to show respect,” explained Eland. “It’s because of this I applied the same physical manifestation to men, to show that those men who are intimate with other men also feel love and loss, but also very much suffer due to the societal issues they face as acceptance slowly takes hold.”
“1890 Champion Louisville Colonels” @ Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory — Through Nov. 1
Celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Louisville Colonels baseball team winning the 1890 American Association Championship, this exhibit features more than a dozen rare photographs of the team as well as memorabilia like scrapbooks, uniforms and even a bat used by Hall-of-Famer Honus Wagner.
Wagner is credited as being the first pro athlete to endorse an athletic product when he signed a contract with J.F. Hillerich & Son to use his autograph on Louisville Sluggers in 1905.
Also worth noting is that these photos have never been on display in Louisville. The exhibit is located in the museum’s lobby.
“Great Photographs by Extraordinary Gifted Photographers” @ Galerie Hertz — Through Nov. 7
We’re guessing there’ll be great photos by great photographers on display here, and knowing gallery owner Billy Hertz, we have no doubt about his claim in the press release that this exhibit “is the best in town” is most likely close to accurate.
The show features 12 well-known, diverse photographers like John Nation, Paul Paletti, Mary Carothers, Karen Ballard, Richard Bram, Mitch Eckert, Lynda Eline and Sam Sansbury, and it only continues through Nov. 7.
The gallery is located at 1253 S. Preston St., so if you’re in the neighborhood, stop by.
“We the People: Social Documentary Photography by Milton Rogovin” @ U of L’s Schneider Hall Galleries — Through Oct. 31
This exhibit celebrates the work of social documentary photographer Milton Rogovin, who died at the age of 101 in 2011. Rogovin devoted his work to documenting poor and working-class people — from Appalachian coal miners to Buffalo steel workers. His family donated some of his photos to U of L.
According to a website dedicated to the artist, “Rogovin’s sole purpose, as timeless as it is universal, is to help the viewer see the people in his photographs in a new light, as people of dignity and strength.”
His photos have been published in more than 160 magazines, newspapers and journals, and he’s had 11 books published on his work.
A conference surrounding the exhibit took place last Friday, but you’ve got through the end of the week to stop by and see the photos in person. Schneider Hall is located on U of L’s Belknap Campus.