‘Photographs by Women’ exhibit to open at Bates art museum on Oct. 24

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LEWISTON — “Photographs by Women” will open at the Bates Museum of Art on Friday, Oct. 24, and run through March 21, 2015. An opening reception will be held from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25.

The photos are a selection of works added to the collection since 2010. The artists include Kristin Capp (New York), Donna Ferrato (New York), Denise Froehlich (Portland, Maine), Sally Gall (New York), Irina Ionesco (Paris), Susan Moldenhauer (Wyoming), and Claire Seidel (New York and Rangeley, Maine). The artists in this exhibition represent a variety of subjects and interests, and each has been working for years.

Kristin Capp’s sensitive photographs are from an extensive body of work that focus on members of several Hutterite communities (a religious sect rooted in 16the century Protestantism) in eastern Washington State and Saskatchewan, Canada.

The gritty street photography of Donna Ferrato chronicles the people, places, and captured moments in the life of lower Manhattan, and particularly the TriBeCa neighborhood, as it transforms in recent years.

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Denise Froehlich’s male nudes are from the Pathos of Eros series, a compelling recent body of work in which she explores her thoughts on virility, ageing, and beauty in square format and composite panoramic images.

Sally Gall’s atmospheric photographs are from Swimmers, one of many series in which she immerses viewers in a visceral and sensual contemplation of nature and our place within it.

A former circus girl and cabaret dancer, Irena Ionesco is described as a gothic icon and grande dame of erotica. Sometimes using her daughter as a model, she photographs women in theatrical poses, wearing lace and fetishistic props.

Susan Moldenhauer creates performative fabric-draped portraits of women, often using herself as the subject, that place the solitary figure in motion within the expansive high plains and under the sweeping skies of Eastern Wyoming.

Claire Seidl’s long-exposure nocturnal images often take place in domestic interiors, where she captures furniture and other details, which are interspersed with voids of inky black space and inhabited by moving figures and their apparitions.

The museum is in the Olin Arts Center, 75 Russell Street. Museum hours are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; Wednesday evenings until 7 p.m. during the academic year. Closed between exhibitions. The Museum will be closed Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28.

For more information, call 207-786-6158 or email museum@bates.edu.

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