Cahoon Solarized sleigh scene

A solarized sleigh scene is one of the images on view at the Cahoon Museum of American Art as part of the new “Through the Looking Glass: Daguerreotype Masterworks From the Dawn of Photography” show. An opening reception for the show will take place Friday, September 13, from 4:30 to 6 PM.

The Cahoon Museum of American Art will host an opening reception on Friday, September 13, for two new art exhibitions: “Through the Looking Glass: Daguerreotype Masterworks From the Dawn of Photography” and “Look This Way,” featuring the work of artists Jodi Colella, Jackie Reeves and Kimberly Sheerin. The opening will take place from 4:30 to 6 PM. Admission is free. All are welcome.

“Through the Looking Glass” presents a comprehensive survey of the daguerreotype, a fascinating method of photography developed in the 19th century. The exhibition features important examples from America, France, England and the Middle East. All the major genres of daguerreotypes are represented, including portraiture, landscapes, erotic stereoviews and architectural studies. All works are from the holdings of preeminent collectors Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg, and the show is organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions.

“The Look This Way” exhibition presents provocative new work by three regional women artists that challenge the foundations of how we view the world, record memories and people, and represent those who remain unknown. The exhibition is a direct counterpoint to the daguerreotype show, which inspired much of the artwork on view.

Fiber artist Jackie Colella has created a series of both tiny and enlarged tintypes that she has manipulated and embellished with needle and thread from her Ghost Stories and Unknown Women series. Painter Jackie Reeves presents new work on aluminum from her Memory Paintings series based on family photo albums that reference moments once captured on camera. Ceramicist Kimberly Sheerin presents highly embellished large-scale vases, pitchers and miniature brothels from her Vessels as Vehicles series, which presents portraits of women engaged in forging societal change, as well as people who are victims of human trafficking.

The exhibitions will remain on view through October 30.

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