Rosamond Purcell, a celebrated photographer of natural and found objects, will be in Bloomington today through Sunday, according to a recent press release. Her visit is sponsored by the Center for Integrative Photographic Studies and the Grunwald Gallery of Art, where an exhibition of her work will be opening Friday.
Purcell will give a lecture on her work at 5 p.m. Friday in the Fine Arts building, followed by an opening reception at 6 p.m. in the gallery. Her photographs will be exhibited as part of ”(Re)Imagining Science,” a collection of collaborative projects by 15 teams of researchers in the arts and sciences, on display until Nov. 16. Works from her series “Egg & Nest,” “A Glorious Enterprise” and “Object Lessons” will be included.
Purcell is scheduled to speak with author and IU Wells Scholars Program Director Cristoph Irmscher at noon Thursday in the library of the Wells Scholars Harlos House. She will also make an appearance at the screening of “An Art that Nature Makes,” a documentary by Molly Bernstein about Purcell’s work and career, at 3 p.m. Saturday at the IU Cinema.
Called “a still-life painter with a camera” by the New York Times, Purcell collaborated three times with the dead Harvard paleontologist and evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould, has written several award-winning books and has had installations on display at the Santa Monica Museum of Art and the Natural History Museum in Denmark.