Nocturne of City Hall is among the Julio Cordero photographs to be displayed in the Merwin Gallery.
Art Exhibition Showcases Cordero, Souto
October 18, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - The Illinois Wesleyan University Ames School of Art will exhibit
In the Shadow of the Andes: The Photographs of Julio Cordero, 1900-1940 in the Merwin Gallery, and Francisco Souto's New Work in the Wakeley Gallery. Both galleries are located in the Joyce G. Eichhorn Ames
School of Art Building, 6 Ames Plaza West, in Bloomington, and both exhibitions will
be from Oct. 24 to Dec. 7.
Peter Yenne, director of the Photographic Archive Project and curator of the Cordero
exhibition, will give a lecture on Oct. 24 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Room 218 of the
art building, immediately followed by a reception in the galleries from 5:00 to 6:00
The events are free and open to the public.
Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 12:00-4:00 p.m., Tuesday evening 7:00-9:00 p.m. and
Saturday and Sunday 1:00-4:00 p.m. The galleries will be closed for Thanksgiving
break from Nov. 22 to Nov. 26 and for Day Without Art on Dec. 1.
Cordero (1879-1961) was a noted photographer active in La Paz, Bolivia from 1898 to
1940. According to art critics, his work captures the changing face of La Paz, creating
an unparalleled record of early 20th century Paceo life and culture. Cordero worked
for the police and served as an official photographer to two of Bolivia's Liberal
party presidents, documenting military parades, civic ceremonies and political events.
The Cordero archive houses a wealth of historical documents, photographic equipment
and more than ten thousand negatives.
Peter Yenne is a 1972 graduate of Rice University. In 1976, he received a grant to
travel and photograph in South America, and in 1981, began work as a freelance photographer.
Yenne founded the Photographic Archive Project in 1991, and from 1999 to 2001, he
and his colleagues directed the Portrait of the Andes Project, creating digital catalogs
of a dozen historic photo archives in Peru and Bolivia. In 2002, Yenne was awarded
a Fulbright Scholarship to continue his study of Peruvian photo history. He is currently
preparing a series of books, articles, exhibits and digital archiving projects in
Cuba, Guatemala and Nepal.
Souto is a native of Venezuela and a graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program at
Ohio State University. He is currently assistant professor in the Department of Art
and Art History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and has exhibited at both the
national and international level. His work features old drafting tools, time-pieces
and glass observation devices juxtaposed with images of galaxies and stars, which
art critics say pays homage to the old art masters while still expressing the contemporary
experience. Souto is known for his use of the distinctive and very time-consuming
mezzotint process to create his prints, a technique in which the surface of a metal
plate is roughened evenly and the image is brought out by smoothing the surface, working
from dark to light. He also paints and creates hand-made books.
For more information, contact Gallery Director Jennifer Lapham at (309) 556-3391.
Contact: Amanda ReCupido, (309) 556-3181