John Paul Pennebaker (American, active 1903–1953). Sealed Power Piston Rings, 1933. 1934 Art and Industry Exhibition Photograph Collection, Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, Boston, Mass. © John Paul Pennebaker
Save the Date: Friday, October 26, 6:00–8:30 p.m.
Visitors of all ages are invited to join us this Friday, October 26, for Fright Night!, an evening of dark tales, photography workshops, drawing activities, films, and more. Inspired by the eerie images in the exhibition Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop, the festivities will allow visitors to connect to the exhibition and the Museum's collections in a variety of spooky ways.
Throughout the evening, wander through the galleries in search of talking heads, educators who will open your eyes to spine-chilling artworks ranging from a candlelit French period room to a painting called Island of the Dead. You can also attend an exhibition tour, led by curator Mia Fineman, in which you'll investigate the history of doctored photographs from the hand-painted daguerreotypes and altered salt prints of the 1840s to the pre-digital dreamscapes of the late twentieth century.
Join a drop-in workshop led by Seeing with Photography Collective to create your own manipulated photograph. The workshop is offered both before and after the exhibition tour, so you can either head straight to the darkroom or seek inspiration from the photographs, framing, and lighting effects in the show. Each half-hour session can accommodate only fifteen people, so get there early to secure your spot!
Capture the contrasts and dramatic lighting of the Medieval Sculpture Hall in a drop-in drawing program with art instructors Deborah Lutz and Michelle Hagewood, and end your evening in another realm by attending a screening of A Trip to the Moon (1902), an imaginative and recently restored film that is out of this world.
We hope you'll join us on Friday for this ghoulishly good time. It's sure to be an evening you won't soon forget. See the schedule of Fright Night! events.