Photographer Jim Dow will return to the Duke campus this week as a Visiting Artist in Duke’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts. He will present a slideshow and lecture, “Walker Evans as a Post-Modern Construction,” in the course Innovation and Tradition in the Documentary Arts; the event is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, March 21, 9:30 a.m.
MFA Carpentry Shop, 2nd Floor
1509 Campus Drive, at the corner of Campus and Maxwell
Durham, North Carolina
In addition to his lecture, Dow will be meeting with MFA students on-on-one this week to provide feedback on their work.
Last year his book American Studies was published by powerHouse Books and CDS Books of the Center for Documentary Studies; it has since gone into a second printing. American Studies is a compendium of many of Dow’s best-known images, which were made over almost forty years of traveling the country with his large-format camera. (Click here for a podcast of his talk at CDS.) Dow’s vision grows in part out of the influence of Walker Evans, whom he knew and whose negatives he printed for Evans’s Museum of Modern Art retrospective.
Jim Dow earned his BFA and MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. His work can be found in many prestigious public collections including the Museum of Modern Art New York, Museum of Modern Art, Cologne Germany, Princeton University, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England, and the Library of Congress Washington DC. Dow is a professor of photography at Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.