“A. Aubrey Bodine: Our Town”

A Collection of Mid-20th Century Photographs of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County

January 29–March 21, 2021

Aubrey Bodin's The Big Freeze
A. Aubrey Bodine, The Big Freeze, 1936. Silver gelatin print. ©

A. Aubrey Bodine (1906–1970), although probably best remembered for his association with the Baltimore Sun, was among the early Pictorialist photographers—an aesthetic movement that emphasized romantic beauty over documented reality. This exhibition of more than 20 photographs, some of which have been exhibited internationally, features urban and rural vignettes that expand beyond the city “beat” to include poetic and nostalgic images of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, Maryland in the mid-20th century.

Curated by Lucinda Dukes Edinberg

Exhibition images courtesy of Jennifer B. Bodine

“A. Aubrey Bodine: Our Town” is made possible through the generosity of the Maryland State Arts Council, the Mitchell Gallery Board of Advisors, and Chesapeake Medical Imaging.

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Programs and Events

January 29:Opening of online exhibition

January 29–March 21: Online Lecture
Lecture on the “A. Aubrey Bodine: Our Town” exhibition by Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg.
Prerecorded lecture. Premieres January 29, available through March 21.

 

February 7–March 7: Pictorialist Challenge

Pictorialist Challenge Video Mitchell Gallery
This video provides tips for those wishing to enter the Pictorialist Challenge.

Submit up to three photographs that have been manipulated in the Pictorialist style and have them critiqued by award-winning photographers Robert W. Madden and Wilford Scott. Best images will be posted on the Mitchell Gallery website. Free and open to the public.

Guidelines:

  • Submit up to three photographs for consideration
  • Entry submissions open February 7
  • Images must have at least two Pictorialist elements that have been added to the final photograph
  • Images should be submitted as JPEGs and also include a zip file of a folder containing the elements
  • Image files must include name and title
  • Entries should be sent to mitchellgallery(at)sjc.edu with subject line: Pictorialist Challenge
  • Deadline: March 7

February 10: Panel Discussion, 5:30 p.m. ET
Discussion and analysis of Bodine’s Pictorialist style by photographers Robert W. Madden and Wilford Scott and Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg. Free and open to the public.

February 28: Interview with Jennifer B. Bodine, 3 p.m. ET
This interview, followed by a Q&A period, will provide the backstory on the work and creativity of A. Aubrey Bodine’s photography exhibited in salons and the “Brown Pages” of the Baltimore Sun. Free and open to the public.

March 4: Virtual Tour, 2:30 p.m. ET | Book Club, 3 p.m. ET
Join Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg for a virtual tour of the A. Aubrey Bodine exhibition. Then stay for book club, featuring After the Photo-Secession: American Pictorial Photography, 1910–1955 by Christian A. Peterson. Meeting will be led by celebrated photographer Don Dement. Free event, registration required.

March 7: Pictorialist Challenge Deadline, midnight.

March 14: Pictorialist Challenge “Reveal,” 3 p.m. ET
Join jurors Robert W. Madden and Wilford Scott for a discussion and “reveal” of selected challenge photographs and the manipulations created. See the entries and finalists.

March 21: George Winston Concert, 7 p.m. ET
Free and open to the public.

George Winston
George Winston. Photo by Todd V Wolfson.

George Winston was born in Michigan and spent much of his childhood in Montana, as well as Mississippi and Florida. He is best known for his solo piano recordings, of which he has sold more than 15 million albums. Winston plays in a variety of styles: a melodic approach he calls “rural folk piano;” stride piano, a style of jazz developed in the 1920s as an offshoot of ragtime developed by Thomas “Fats” Waller and Teddy Wilson; and his primary interest, New Orleans R&B piano, influenced by James Booker, Professor Longhair, and Henry Butler. He has also paid tribute to famous composer Vince Guaraldi, the creator of the music of the early Peanuts cartoons, and he later released an homage to the Doors with his album Night Divides the Day: The Music of the Doors. All of his albums have received overwhelming critical acclaim, and Winston has received many awards, including a Grammy Award for Forest.

Traditionally, George requests attendees bring canned food contributions for local homeless shelters. While the current climate prohibits in-person gathering, St. John’s College will make a gift to the Lighthouse Shelter in Annapolis in honor of George.

George Winston plays Steinway pianos.

March 21: Closing of A. Aubrey Bodine exhibition.