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Posted by David Ozanich — 13 Sep 2010

Some news from galleries and museums across the United States on this Monday morning:

  • You’ve heard about that whole dust up over the “lost” Ansel Adams photos? A guy found a bunch of old prints at a garage sale. Some authenticators say its a treasure trove of prints from the master photographer. Others say they were taken by a fellow known as “Uncle” Earl Brooks. This weekend they were hung side-by-side with confirmed Adams prints in a Southern Califronia gallery so folks could make up their own minds. The full story here.
  • This Thursday is your last chance to see “Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg” at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. So says the NY Times:

    “In the early 1950s he began to photograph these friends in casual snapshots, meant to be little more than souvenirs of a shared time and ethos. Years later his picture taking — often of the same friends, now battered by life or approaching death — became more formal and artful, as if he were trying to freeze his subjects’ faces and energies, and to show off his photographic skills, for the history books.”
    You’ll catch the familiar mugs of William S. Burroughs, Gregory Corso, Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady in the images which you can sample here.
  • A couple of pals were passing through the Berkshires in Massachusetts last weekend and came back with raves for “Secret Selves” at MASS MoCA, the contemporary art museum (which, side note, I can personally vouch for as being great). The photos are part of a project by Leonard Nimoy, famous for playing Mr. Spock but rather renowned for his photography as well. Nimoy invited 100 people to pose for his camera as their secret identities. The Daily Beast describes some of the results:

    “the toy company employee posing as ‘secret whore’; the Episcopal priest as tough guy; the children’s book illustrator as concert guitarist; the ex-Marine in drag, who explains simply: ‘I live life as Clark Kent, but I’d rather be Rita Hayworth.’ As such, Nimoy engaged each of his subjects, and directed them around the studio—which is captured in a 40-minute video that accompanies the works in the show.”
    If that Marine’s quote isn’t enough to get you to check it out, there’s not much more I can say. In the meantime, here’s a peek at the photos in the exhibition.
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