Lexington’s photographic history will be featured this fall at the Cincinnati Art Museum. The museum’s upcoming exhibit, Kentucky Renaissance: The Lexington Camera Club and Its Community, 1954-1974, will explore the artistic achievements and sense of community that helped validate the Lexington-based photography group in the mid-20th century. The exhibition will feature works by Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Van Deren Coke, Thomas Merton, James Baker Hall, Guy Mendes and other well-known names in photography.

Formed in 1936, the Lexington Camera Club was made up of members from many different professions and backgrounds, all focused on one goal: to further explore their interest in art and expression through photography. The club experimented with its photography in a way that had never been seen before, showcasing bold depictions of life in the rural south and a groundbreaking technicality in capturing Kentucky landscapes.

The exhibit is the product of years of research by Brian Sholis, curator of photography at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

“The club was a community of artists, and its members pushed themselves to new creative heights despite being in a place conventionally understood to be outside the center of artistic innovation,” Sholis said.

The exhibit will be open October 8 through January 1 and will feature more than 150 photographs, books, prints and other works made in and around Lexington.

Tickets for the Kentucky Renaissance Special Exhibit are $10 for adults or $5 for children ages 6-17 and students with ID. Museum members and children 5 and under will be admitted to the exhibit free of charge. Tickets will also include entry to Van Gogh: Into the Undergrowth; an exhibition that will focus on the relationship between the interior of the forest and the art of Vincent Van Gogh.

General admission to the Cincinnati Art Museum is free, thanks to donations from several museum benefactors.

The Kentucky Renaissance exhibit will also be free on Thursday evenings from 5-8 p.m., starting November 3, and during the museum’s Art After Dark events on October 28 and November 25, from 5-9 p.m. For more information, see the list of upcoming exhibits on the museum’s website at http://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org.


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