Physical Labor: Photographs of Workers, 1940 to the Present
(Comer Photography Collection / curated by Lupita Murillo Tinnen)
"Physical Labor: Photographs of Workers, 1940 to the Present" features documentary photographs by Ken Light, complemented by a range of works from the Comer Collection. These images represent a broad cross section of laborers from around the world, celebrating their strength and commitment. The exhibition also includes photographs by Sebastião Salgado, Joel Leivick, Marcus Bleasdale, George “Elfie” Ballis, Ernest Lowe, Arthur Leipzig, Gordon Parks, and Luis Mallo.
This exhibition marks the first decade of the Comer Collection in the School of Arts and Humanities at UT-Dallas; the collection was initiated in 2004 through the gracious donation of Marilyn and Jerry Comer. This wide-ranging archive, comprised of over 300 photographs and hundreds of books and journals serves as a resource for graduate students pursuing research in the area of photographic practice and contemporary art. Documentation of exhibitions organized from the collection is available at http://www.utdallas.edu/ah/comer.
Curated by Lupita Murillo Tinnen, Ph.D. candidate in Aesthetic Studies
LUPITA MURILLO TINNEN BIOGRAPHY:
Lupita Murillo Tinnen is currently a Professor of Photography and Humanities at Collin College and the faculty advisor for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) council #4780. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Humanities with a major in Aesthetic Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas. She holds an MFA in photography from the University of North Texas and a BA in photography from Texas A&M Commerce. Tinnen serves on the National Board of Directors for the Society for Photographic Education. As a practicing artist, her work deals primarily with cultural and personal issues stemming from her background as a first generation Mexican American. She is currently using photography to promote advocacy for the DREAM Act, a bi-partisan legislation that would allow undocumented college students a path toward citizenship. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the US.
Thursday, April 10, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, O'Donnell Building Gallery, first floor