The Hardy Gallery presents an artist talk on June 13 at 2 pm with photographer Colleen Woolpert, hosted at The Clearing Folk School in Ellison Bay.
This special event includes an interactive display of 19th century stereographs (3D photography). Woolpert will share the history of this unique photography format and her own stereoscopic artwork in a talk titled “TwinScope: Bringing Stereographs to (Contemporary) Life.” Following the talk, attendees will be invited to use stereoscopes to view a selection of vintage stereographs, including those likely to have been enjoyed by Door County residents. Woolpert produces stereograph exhibitions, public artworks and events. Her patent-pending TwinScope Viewer (inspired by her twin sister’s struggle with depth perception) offers a longstanding need for an exhibition stereoscope and has been acquired by collectors and institutions across the country.
Woolpert said, “Stereographs are important cultural assets for a number of reasons, among them: they are the earliest examples of documentary photography and mass media; they offer primary visual source material for historical research, representing societal attitudes of their time; they wed art with science to illustrate binocular vision; and they are the progenitors of all 3-D imaging technology including the beloved View-Master, 3-D cinema, and the new frontiers of virtual and augmented reality.”
The Hardy Gallery is delighted to have Woolpert as part of its four-juror panel for the gallery’s upcoming 55th Annual Juried Exhibit on view from June 16 to July 16. This event is free and open to the public. For more information visit thehardy.org.