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prof. ragland opens solo exhibition at montgomery museum of fine arts, leads community workshop

June 2022

Jared Ragland, from the series, What Has Been Will Be Again

Professor Jared Ragland’s ongoing project, What Has Been Will Be Again will be on view at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in Montgomery, Ala., June 18–Sept. 11, 2022. The show is curated by MMFA curator Jennifer Jankauskas and features a selection of 11 images, several which have not been previously exhibited.

WHBWBA will run concurrently with the exhibition, Masterworks of Photography from the Lamar Dodd Art Center, which gathers 50 black-and-white photographs collected by Ragland’s alma mater, LaGrange College. The Dodd collection is a survey of modern photography and includes works by Paul Strand, Andre Kertesz, Harry Callahan, Walker Evans, Sally Mann, Aaron Siskind, Alfred Stieglitz, and Gary Winogrand, among others.

Prior to the opening of WHBWBA, Ragland will direct a free, two-week photo portfolio development workshop for Montgomery-area high school students. Taught at Auburn University at Montgomery and in partnership with the AUM Fine Arts Dept. and Professor William Fenn, the workshop will provide students with hands-on experience in a variety of traditional and alternative photographic processes including wet-plate collodion tintype, cyanotype, pinhole, 35mm black-and-white film, and darkroom printing.

From the MMFA website:
In a time of pandemic and protest, economic uncertainty, and political polarization the project What Has Been Will Be Again led Jared Ragland across more than 15,000 miles and 40 counties to survey Alabama’s cultural and physical landscape at this consequential moment. By tracing historic colonial routes with a particular focus on some of the state’s most rural and isolated areas, the project bears witness to generational racial, ecological, and economic injustice.

What Has Been Will Be Again illustrates a haunting yet tender look at the artist’s home state’s troublesome past and tenuous present while simultaneously suggesting a strategy for connecting with each other: by empathetically bearing witness to one another’s experience and acknowledging that we are indeed linked together––through shared stories and histories, across geography and time.

For more info, visit the MMFA website.

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