On View: September 22  - October 28, 2017 
Reception: October 6, 2017, 5 - 8 p.m. 

“Overshadowed” began as a collaborative project between University of Louisville professor Mary Carothers (Fine Arts) and photographer Brian McClave, who has developed (along with brother Gareth) a slow-scan technique for producing photographic images. “Slow Scan” photography composites thousands of images into a single digital file. Each image in “Overshadowed” is a composite of over 4,000 individual images shot over a three-hour period during the 2017 Great American Eclipse. In order to produce all of these images, Carothers and McClave invited photographers, including professors, graduate students, and professionals, to capture the eclipse in all of the states across its Path of Totality. 

Each slow scan photograph in the show is unique, but each is also connected to the series as a whole via a single unifying subject—a momentary lack of light produced by the moving eclipse. In this respect at least the exhibition mirrors the eclipse phenomenon, wherein every person and place along the Path of Totality momentarily shares in a collective, moving event. And this indeed poses a challenge for the photographic medium—how do you capture a single event over time and in many places? The slow scan method poses one solution. That is, these pictures do not capture how the eclipse looks but rather how it was experienced (in many places and by many people over time). The project is thus a meditation on the relationship between photographic technology and natural phenomena, and between technology and collaborative image making.

McClave is a photographer and co-founder of site-eye, a British time-lapse film production company. He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design’s photography program. Also a graduate of RISD’s program, Mary Carothers is an artist and professor of photography at the University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute. 

image: Mary Carothers & Brian McClave, South Carolina, 2017 digital print, 30 x 48 in.

Cressman Center Gallery Hours:
Wednesday - Friday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m


On View: September 28 – November 3, 2017
Opening Reception: October 5th, 5:00-7:00 pm

"Adhar/Sky/Ciel" is an exhibition by three photographers based on Uist, an isle off the northwest coast of Scotland. Ruairadh Macdonald from North Uist, Iain A Monk from Benbecula and Jean-François Martin from South Uist are all dedicated photographers of the Hebridean sky.

Additionally, screenings of Moylley yn Burroo, a film by Uist artists Andy MacKinnon and Keith McIntyre will be shown at the Hite Art Institute throughout this year’s Louisville Photo Biennial. Dates and times TBA.

Schneider Hall
Gallery Hours:
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Perspectives on Perception

On View:  September 28 - November 3
Reception: October 5th, 5-7pm

The Hite Art Institute and the UofL Photographic Archives present “SEEN / UNSEEN: Perspectives on Perception” in celebration of the 2017 Louisville Photo Biennial.  The exhibitions feature photographs selected from the University of Louisville Photographic Archives, many of which have never before been publically displayed, and include works by Cal Kowal, Charles Rumpf, Ryan Boatwright, and Eva Rubenstein.

“SEEN / UNSEEN” are presented as two distinct exhibitions in conversation with one another on the differences between seeing and looking.  “Seen” contemplates the act of mindful observation, while “Unseen” focuses on perception as the point at which the physical sense of sight intersects with psychological programming to make meaning. 

left image: Charles Rumph, Untitled, 1991, gelatin silver print
right image:  Cal Kowal, Perception Portrait #1, 1980, gelatin silver print

Schneider Hall
Gallery Hours:
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


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