Friends of Visual Arts’ Fall Lecture to Feature Barton Art Professor Gérard Lange on Oct. 2

Gerard LangeWILSON, N.C. – Barton College welcomes one of its own, associate professor of art Gérard Lange, as the guest speaker for the upcoming Friends of Visual Arts Fall Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 2. Lange’s lecture is titled, “Voice in the Shadows: Photographs by Ethnic Minorities from Early 20th Century America.” The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Barton Art Galleries located in Case Art Building on campus. This event is open to the public free of charge, and the community is invited to attend.

Lange’s lecture will cover photographs mostly from Central America, which were part of an exhibition he attended in the early 1990s. For his presentation, Lange returns to the images that first sparked his interest in photography.

“Not having viewed many photographs at that point, I was fascinated by how details in shadows and highlights of the black and white pictures added a certain narrative quality to the images,” recalled Lange. “These photographs seemed to come alive with my imagined scenarios that might have taken place when they were photographed.”

Lange researched the various photographers’ reasons for why they made their art. “Voice in the Shadows,” therefore carries a double meaning. First, as photography is a technical study of light and shadow, artists use cameras to capture a moment in time that may carry a meaning or message. Second, the photographers covered in this presentation made their work for various religious, political, and social reasons, and the voice carried by their motivations has long been obscured by prejudice, or shadow.

A photography professor in the Department of Art at Barton College since 2006, Lange earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art & Design at LaGrange College in LaGrange, Ga. He worked as a professional photographer, before returning to graduate school to complete his Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography from Tulane University in New Orleans, La. Prior to joining the faculty at Barton, he taught at Northern Michigan University and Tulane University.

Lange is represented by galleries in New York City, New Orleans, and London. He experiments in a variety of media, and his works have been exhibited across the country and around the world.

For additional information about this lecture, please contact the Barton Art Galleries at (252) 399-6477 or