Images, past and present
By Heidi Masek firstname.lastname@example.org
• New name: New Hampshire Institute of Art has renamed its library. John Teti donated 2,000 rare photography books valued at more than $1 million, which he spent nine years collecting, to NHIA in May. The college threw a big party to dedicate the fine arts library and special collections as the Teti Library on Thursday, Oct. 25. At the dedication, Teti was given a commendation from Gov. Lynch, a proclamation from Mayor Guinta and a letter of thanks from Sen. Sununu. Grant Romer, conservator at the George Eastman House, spoke. The collection should be a draw to the city and school for photographers and scholars. Teti, with help from rare book dealer Andrew Cahan, searched for influential books that show the evolution of the genre. Until the 1970s, photographers struggled to have their work recognized as fine art and books were the main way to make a living through photography. So if you want to see what Alfred Stieglitz published in Camera Work in 1903, visit Fuller Hall at 156 Hanover St. in Manchester. As with most special collections, call for an appointment: 836-2532.
• Cross-media: “Richard Metzgar walkingposters: An Investigation on Urbanism” at UMass-Lowell addresses urbanism as a primary space for cultural experimentation. Metzgar’s exhibit includes digital prints, digital maps on vinyl, along with audio/visual components. “Through interventions I test and invent mediators through which to understand public space. Driven by a series of ongoing algorithmic walks undertaken individually and with collaborators, I have sought to capture human and nonhuman forces at work with photography, video, audio, and physical collections of the nonhuman (e.g., the marginal — scrubs of plant life, paper/plastic/metal/rubber detritus, cigarette butts and the like),” Metzger said. See more of his work at www.oswego.edu/~metzgar. The University Gallery is at 71 Wilder St., Lowell, Mass., (978) 934-3491, and open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment.
• Self-promotion: For artists trying to figure out the business end of the profession, free help is available. New Hampshire’s Council on the Arts offers “Autumn Artist Entrepreneurial Workshops” at their office at 2˝ Beacon St. in Concord. Learn about “Creating Digital Portfolios,” Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 3 to 5 p.m. Some galleries, museums and competitions only accept portfolios digitally now, according to the Arts Council. Their last session is “Pricing Your Work: For What It’s (You’re) Worth,” Tuesday, Dec. 18. Register at least two days early by calling 271-2789. Space is limited to 25 professional artists.
• Best of: Vote for your favorite photo at the Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Audubon Way in Auburn, 668-2045. They are displaying 54 winning entries to their first “Wild New Hampshire Photography Contest” through Dec. 15. “Best in Show” and “People’s Choice” will be announced at a reception Saturday, Nov. 17, from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
• The end: Nashua and Manchester finish their quarterly series of downtown art and cultural open houses at the end of November. Open Doors Manchester’s last installment is Thursday, Nov. 29, from 5 to 8 p.m. They offer a free trolley between venues. They’ve already chosen dates for 2008: April 17, June 26, Sept. 18 and Nov. 20. See www.majestictheatre.net. Art Walk Nashua closes for the year with an open studios event Saturday, Nov. 24, starting at 1 p.m. It precedes downtown Nashua’s Winter Holiday Stroll (www.greatamericandowntown.org, 883-5700), which runs from 5 to 10 p.m. See cityartsnashua.org or call 883-3260 for Art Walk maps.