The Tyler Museum of Art (TMA) is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave. on the Tyler Junior College main campus. Regular TMA hours are 10am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday, and 1-5pm Sunday; the Museum is closed Mondays and most major holidays. The Museum is supported by its Members, Tyler Junior College and the City of Tyler. For more information, call (903)595-1001 or visit tylermuseum.org.
Acclaimed Local Photographer Langham Turns Lens on Tylerites with TMA’s “Brickstreet Anthology”
A project more than two years in the making is coming to fruition with the Tyler Museum of Art’s first new exhibition of 2017.
The distinct personalities of more than 50 Tylerites as captured on film are the focus of “Brickstreet Anthology: Photographs by Robert Langham,” open to the public Friday, January 27th-May 14th. Admission is free.
Museum members and special guests are invited for a first look at the exhibition during the Preview Reception from 5:30-7pm Thursday, January 26th at the Museum. To RSVP or for info, call (903)595-1001 or go to tylermuseum.org.
Organized by the TMA, “Brickstreet Anthology” is the product of acclaimed local photographer Robert Langham’s extensive research and travel throughout Tyler “to train his lens on numerous local personalities who are as varied as they are dynamic,” TMA curator Caleb Bell said. Shooting on black-and-white film rather than relying on digital imagery, Langham’s subjects range from business and civic leaders to citizens going about their everyday business “to capture the essence of what it means to be a member of our unique community.”
Tyler native Langham has been photographing East Texas subjects since 1971, when he took his first photojournalism class at TJC. His avid interest in fine art photography led him to an apprenticeship with the legendary Ansel Adams, and eventually, wide acclaim in his own right while maintaining a successful commercial photography business in his hometown.
Additionally, he has shared his passion with new generations for more than two decades as a photography professor at his alma mater, TJC. His photography has been featured in numerous exhibitions at venues including The Old Jail Art Center in Albany, Texas, and the TMA, where he also served as guest curator for “Scott M. Lieberman, M.D.: At the Vantage Point” in 2014.
“Robert has a long and proud association with our museum, and we have relied on his ideas and expertise as a fine-art photographer for many years,” TMA Executive Director Chris Leahy said. “It’s no mere coincidence that when we decided to organize a photography exhibition that focused on the vibrant personalities of our local community, he was the one we called.”
Support for the exhibition is provided by Gold Level Collectors’ Circle Sponsor Myrtis D. Smith.
Special events in connection with “Brickstreet Anthology” include First Friday Tours at 11am, February 3rd, March 3rd, April 7th, and May 5th.
Family Days are 2-4pm Saturday, February 11th, March 11th, April 8th, and May 13th.
Admission to all special events is free, but reservations are encouraged.
Landscapes in Focus with TMA’s “Flora and Fauna”
The Tyler Museum of Art highlights the unique plant and animal life of the Texas landscape from the perspective of 20 of the region’s most prominent contemporary artists with its current exhibition, “Flora and Fauna.” Featuring close to 30 works including painting, photography, sculpture, and silhouettes.
The exhibition is up through March 19th.
Special events in connection with “Flora and Fauna” include First Friday Tours at 11am, February 3rd and March 3rd.
Family Days are 2-4pm Saturday, February 11th, and March 11th.