Ross Art Museum’s Latest Exhibition Show “Full of Grace”
Oprah Magazine has called the “Full of Grace” collection of children in photography “dazzlingly elegant, elegiac, moving, and exhilarating. … This is childhood seen through the clear lens of curiosity, filtered with compassion and respect.”
A selection of nearly 150 photographs culled from the 2007 book created by author and editor Ray Merritt will be on display from Aug. 23 through Oct. 7 at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum.
“This is a very special exhibit,” said museum director Justin Kronewetter, M.F.A. “It offers a fascinating and often provocative view of society’s understandable obsession with the construct of childhood from the 1850s through contemporary times.
“Nearly every kind of photographic printing technique created during that timeframe will be represented in the show,” Kronewetter continued. “Some of the images are as easy to look at as those in a family photo album. Other images are more challenging, such as a 1945 photograph of a young boy walking past corpses outside a prison camp after World War II.”
Photographers featured in the Ohio Wesleyan exhibition include a veritable who’s who in photography, including Dorthea Lange, Gordon Park, August Sander, and Ralph Gibson. The exhibit also will feature a hand-colored photograph of Alice Liddell by “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” author Lewis Carroll.
During the academic year, the Ross Art Museum, located at 60 South Sandusky Street in historic downtown Delaware, Ohio, is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is fully handicap-accessible and admission is always free.