Thursday, June 24, 2021 5:30pm to 6:30pm
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A conversation between the artist William Wegman and John Reuter, the director of the 20x24 Studio, about their experience bringing this refrigerator-sized camera to Miami. Invited by the Lowe Art Museum, William Wegman, John Reuter and the 20x24 Polaroid camera travelled to Miami in 1984 to capture the city in a series of unique large format Polaroids to be shown at the Lowe Art Museum later that year. Wegman spent a week there discovering, with the help of Manual Gonzalez, three locations rich in material: “Les Violons,” the Cuban cabaret-style lounge in Little Havana; South Beach and Grove Isle. This virtual talk will be the virtual celebration of the exhibition “William Wegman: Instant Miami” on view at the Lowe Art Museum for the first time since 1984. Wegman and Reuter worked together with the Polaroid camera both in and out of the studio for decades and this talk will offer a rare glimpse into the 20x24 Polaroid work for which Wegman is so well known. “Instant Miami” is on view in persn from June 24, 2021 though September 16, 2021.
William Wegman (born 1943, Holyoke, Massachusetts), is an artist whose paintings, drawings, videos and photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally. He is best known for his work featuring his Weimaraners, a collaboration which began in the 70s with his dog Man Ray and which continues today with Flo and Topper.
John Reuter is a photographer and filmmaker. Reuter joined Polaroid Corporation in 1978 as senior photographer and later Director of the legendary 20 x 24 Studio. John is currently a part time faculty member at the University of Hartford in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Hartford Art School. He teaches courses in analog and digital photography as well as cinema studies.