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Extraordinary Days: The Berman Collection of Photographs (lecture)

Date: Sunday, October 29, 2006
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations

The photographs in the exhibition Where We Live: Photographs of America from the Berman Collection (October 24, 2006–February 25, 2007) capture the landscapes, buildings, and lifestyles of contemporary America—ballparks and barbershops, diners and dance halls, farm fields and coal towns.

In this lecture, novelist, essayist, and short-story writer Barry Lopez, whose work traces the relationship between physical landscape and human culture, explores moments in these photographs where the ordinary and the extraordinary meet. Both art and document, the photographs capture the character and feel of life in the United States and use the creative process to help us understand our place in a rapidly changing environment.

About Barry Lopez
Equally accomplished at fiction and nonfiction, Barry Lopez has published numerous essays, short stories, and novels focusing on landscape, culture, and identity, including Of Wolves and Men, About This Life, and Arctic Dreams, for which he received the National Book Award. His most recent volume is Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape, a collection of essays defining landscape in terms intended to revitalize our sense of intimacy with place. A recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, a Guggenheim fellowship, and other honors, Lopez has also worked as a landscape photographer and collaborated with playwrights, composers, and fine artists.

Barry Lopez and Trudy's Sunflower Maze by Sheron Rupp

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