Faith, Reason, and One-Hour Processing

    Date: January 15 - February 12, 2015

    Opening Reception: January 22, 2015, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

    Location: Gallery 249, located on the second floor of Raymond L. Fitz Hall

    Sponsor: Department of Art and Design

 Joel Whitaker

    Phone number: 937-229-3237

    Supporting involvement:

    • Curatorial assistance provided by: Jillian Slater, Archivist, Marian Library
    • Technical assistance provided by: Julie Jones, Media and Facilities Coordinator, Graphic Design and Photography
    • Accompanying essay: Professor Anthony Smith, Department of Religious Studies

    Website: Gallery 249, Department of Art and Design

    An exhibition of apparition photography of Mary, curated from the Marian Library collection. The photographs selected for exhibition will look at the image as well as the accompanying descriptive text by the photographer. This text often describes what the photographer "sees" in the photograph as well as general information regarding location, dates, and other information that might assist in "seeing" the "sacred" in the photograph. Thus, when appropriate both the back and image side of the photograph will be exhibited.

    The title of the exhibition comes from the photograph serving as a reference to a person's faith, that reason is relevant, and that the images included in the exhibition are made with inexpensive film cameras and commercial film processing; a process that historically was marketed as "one-hour processing."

    The exhibition will not attempt to prove or disprove what is claimed to be evident in the photographs. It will use the photographs as an investigation in to personal artifacts, aesthetic qualities, vernacular photography, and of an individuals need to "see" and thus provide evidence of a belief.  However, Joel's primary interest is in the intersection of the aesthetic and descriptive aspects of the photographs as well as the role analogue photographic processes play in the imagery.

    Accompanying essay: Professor Anthony Smith, Department of Religious Studies

    The essay will address the basic context of the photos by indicating the long use of material and visual objects in people's religious lives, the active role that visual objects play in people's relationships with the "sacred" and finally point to the revival in Marian devotion in the late 20th century in light of John Paul II's big emphasis on Mary during his reign as pope.

    This event is free and open to the public.