Sunday, Sept, 23 – Art, Literature and a Sense of Place
Orlando Museum of Art
2416 N. Mills Ave.
As part of the continuing programming surrounding Jimm Roberts’ photographic exhibit, Southernmost Art and Literary Portraits, the Orlando Museum of Art has assembled a knockout group of writers, artists and critics to talk about
well, we’re not sure what, exactly, and they haven’t been too forthcoming, but we’d happily listen to these folks discuss just about anything. Joining OMA curator Hansen Mulford and Roberts himself are two sharp minds from Rollins College: Dr. Rita Bornstein, past president of the college (and first woman to hold that post), and Socky O’Sullivan, boundary-cracking lit professor. From further afield come two artists legendary in their respective fields: revered photographer Jerry Uelsmann, who pioneered a layered-negative photomontage technique that predated Photoshop and still holds more handmade charm and mystery than any image Frankensteined with mere software; and Ann Beattie, queen of the short story, darling of the New Yorker, and absolute master of the devastating detail. More than one critic has made reference to Beattie’s “camera eye”; she herself once said, “What gets me going with a story is the atmosphere, the visual imagery, and then I people it with characters, not the other way around.” Moderating the brainy chat is Fort Lauderdale book critic Chauncey Mabe, no dull tack himself. – Jessica Bryce Young