Signs: Photographs by Jim Dow Book  by Jim Dow, April M. Watson. Book signing of the exhibition catalogue will follow the talk. 

Please register by July 18, 2024

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Join photographer Jim Dow and Dr. April Watson, Senior Curator of Photography at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, for a conversation about his early black-and-white prints as well as a small selection of recent color work on view in the exhibition Signs: Photographs by Jim Dow. During his first decade as a young photographer—between 1967 and 1977—Dow drove along old US highways on numerous cross-country road trips, focusing his large format camera on time-worn signage extracted from billboards, diners, gas stations, drive-in theaters, ice cream stands, burger joints, and other small businesses. These photographs convey Dow’s fascination with the ingenuity and creative spirit found in the built environment and celebrate the desire to express individual agency and creativity in the landscape we inhabit.

5:30 pm – Bar (cash/credit) opens; exhibition open
6:30 pm – Program begins

Book signing of the exhibition catalogue will follow the talk.  

About the Pete Armstrong Photography Lecture Series: Edward “Pete” Armstrong (1921-2009) was a respected business and civic leader and talented photographer. A photographic officer during World War II, he pursued his passion for photography throughout his life. After military service, he joined McCormick Armstrong Co. in Wichita and ultimately rose to become chairman of the successful family company. His wife, Mickey Armstrong, and family honor Pete and his lifelong love of photography through endowed support for ongoing talks on photography topics at the Wichita Art Museum.
FREE. Please register by July 18, 2024