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The Art Museum of WVU is the first venue on a national tour of an installation that
celebrates photographer Walker Evans’s landmark solo exhibition at New York’s
Museum of Modern Art in 1938.
In conjunction with Walker Evans American Photographs, on display in the Upper Gallery, the Art Museum is featuring the work of four contemporary photographers in an adjacent gallery installation. Matt Eich, Mitch Epstein, Andrea Modica, and Jared Thorne each make pictures that resonate with Walker Evans’s photographs in distinctive ways, both visually and conceptually—and sometimes unexpectedly. Together they demonstrate how Evans’s work continues to influence artists today, nearly a century after he first visited the region.
In January 2021, the Art Museum will debut a dynamic exhibition in the McGee Gallery that explores the breadth and depth of the permanent collection by bringing ideas and objects together in new ways.
Thorne’s work centers on issues of race, social class, and gender. He engages questions of authenticity, representation, and history, challenging the viewer to redefine his or her relationship to modernity. Thorne holds a BA in English Literature from Dartmouth College, and, following studies at the San Francisco Art Institute, received his MFA from Columbia University. Thorne is an Assistant Professor in the Art Department at The Ohio State University.
In 2020, Ana Alba, owner of Alba Art Conservation, conserved the painting, Bluefield, View From My Room by Joseph Dodd for the Art Museum of West Virginia University. The painting will be on display in the Museum’s McGee Gallery throughout the spring of 2021. Join her live from her conservation studio for an inside look at the process of art conservation. Alba Art Conservation specializes in the conservation and analysis of modern and contemporary art, painted surfaces, and traditional paintings.