Claremont Discourse, Wed., Mar. 4: "Photos from an American Album: The Albatross Nudes, 1899-1900"

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Please join us in the Founders Room of Honnold/Mudd Library at 4:15 PM, this Wednesday, March 4, for a Claremont Discourse Lecture, sponsored by the Libraries of The Claremont Colleges, a member of Claremont University Consortium.

Photos from an American Album: The Albatross Nudes, 1899-1900
Heather Waldroup, Visual Materials Curator & CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow
Libraries of The Claremont Colleges, Claremont University Consortium

For seven months in 1899-1900, the U.S. Fish Commission Steamer Albatross explored the South Pacific Islands, collecting mineral nodules and documenting the coral reefs and atolls of the region. The participants of the journey also took photographs; some of these now reside in five elaborately composed albums at the Phillips Library, Salem, Massachusetts. The albums juxtapose landscapes, portraits of the crew, and documentary shots of scientific specimens with images of nude Pacific Island women. This lecture will focus on the nude photographs in the albums, arguing that the images were shaped by popular photography, ethnographic photography, and the American imperial vision of the Pacific Islands.

Heather Waldroup is Assistant Professor of Art at Appalachian State University and has been at the Libraries since August 2008 as the CLIR (Council on Library and Information Resources) Postdoctoral Fellow. Based at Denison Library, she is the Libraries' Visual Materials Curator.

For more information, please contact Adam Rosenkranz.

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It's an interesting event.

It will be nice experience to attend Claremont Discourse Lecture!

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