Conversations Transcontinental 2019

Fri, Mar 29
  • Presented By: Golden Spike 150
  • at: Brigham Young University Museum of Art
The Center for Railroad Photography & Art proudly announces that registrations are open for Conversations Transcontinental 2019, to be held at the co-hosting Brigham Young University Museum of Art on March 29-30, 2019. Presentations will take place in the museum’s auditorium.The Center is hosting a special transcontinental edition of the popular Conversations conference to celebrate the launching of their ambitious After Promontory project, which also includes an illustrated book and a traveling exhibition. Conversations Transcontinental will offer presentations on railroad photography and art with a focus on transcontinental railways, past and present.The conference is paired with the debut of the new traveling exhibition After Promontory at the Brigham Young University Museum of Art. The exhibition examines the significance and lasting impact of the transcon­tinental railroads on the American West and studies how these railroads profoundly reshaped the human geography of the West, giving birth to the region we recognize today. Center staff members have worked extensively with the curatorial team at BYU MOA to craft a highly specialized version of the exhibition, which features eighteen original prints from the museum’s own collection. A reception for the exhibition opening will take place on Friday, March 29, following the day’s presentations, both at the museum.The conference will commence at noon on Friday, March 29th. Registration and check in will be held from 12-1:00 PM and presentations will begin at 1:00 PM. Following the final presentation on Friday the museum will host an exhibition reception for the opening of After Promontory from 5-7:00 PM. Appetizers and refreshments will be available at no charge.Saturday events begin at 8:30 AM. Registration and breakfast will be available at the museum from 8:30-9:30 AM. Presentations will begin at 9:30 AM and run through 5:30 PM. Lunch and several snack breaks are included with registration.The roster of presenters of Conversations Transcontinental comes from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds, which will create a diverse offering of topics and ideas. Alexander Craghead, writer and historian, and Ashlee Whitaker, head curator at BYU MOA, will discuss the collaborative and curatorial approach to the exhibition After Promontory. Dan Davis, curator of special collections & archives at Utah State University, will examine A.J. Russell’s photography as well as contemporary sources and explain how Russell’s work stands apart from others of his time. Barre Fong, San Francisco filmmaker, will share the experience of Chinese railroad workers through interviews with their descendants. Justin Franz, writer and photographer, will discuss the northern transcontinental corridor through the lens of the Great Northern Railway. Victor Hand, photographer, will present an overview of transcontinental railroading in the 1960s and 1970s through his own photography. Drake Hokanson, author and photographer, will explore the layered past, the natural and human geography, and the deeper meaning of the original transcontinental landscape. Christine Hult-Lewis, assistant curator at the University of California at Berkeley, will discuss the industrial landscapes of Carleton Watkins’ photography. Elrond Lawrence, photographer, will explore the reinvention and renaissance of the southwest transcontinentals.About the Center for Railroad Photography & ArtThe Center, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts and education organization, achieves its mission through exhibitions, conferences, and publications that spring from its core commitment to collect, preserve, and then make widely available imagery that portrays the nearly 200-year history of railroads. While based in Madison, Wisconsin, the Center does not maintain a museum space or large facilities, but instead collaborates on its many projects with individuals and institutions ranging from museums and universities to libraries and historical societies. This approach allows the Center to focus on railroad imagery and the profound and moving stories it can tell. ContactTo learn more about Conversations Transcontinental, please contact:Hailey Paige, Exhibitions and Event Coordinator313 Price Place, Suite 13Madison, WI 53705-5785Office: (608) 251-5785hailey@railphoto-art.org

Event Info

  • Presented By: Golden Spike 150
  • Dates: 3/29/2019, 3/30/2019
  • Location: Brigham Young University Museum of Art
  • Address: North Campus Drive, Provo, UT 84602
  • Time: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

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