OCEANSIDE — “Botanicals: The Photography of Imogen Cunningham” will launch a year of exhibits at the Oceanside Museum of Art with a preview reception 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 8, with the show running Jan. 9 through May 22. Admission at the door is $10 and free for OMA members.
A pioneer of 20th century photography, Cunningham (1883 to 1976) played a pivotal role in the acceptance of the medium as an art form and the growth of modernism. She began pursuing photography in 1901 and throughout her long career, maintained an interest in portraiture and nature. Unlike other members of the Western School of Photography who also emphasized nature, such as Edward Weston and Ansel Adams, Cunningham created intimate compositions which call attention to the abstract qualities of nature. This exhibition will feature her black and white botanical photographs from the 1920s to the 1930s.
At 2 p.m. Jan. 9, Arthur Ollman, director of the School of Art, Design and Art History, SDSU, will offer a gallery talk on Cunningham. The event is complimentary with museum admission.
At 2:30 p.m. Feb. 26, Michel Tcherevkoff, Canon USA Explorer of Light, will lecture on botanical and conceptual photography. The event is complimentary with museum admission.
At 2:30 p.m. Feb. 26, at OMA will be a Photo-Botanics: Botanical Photography.
At 12:30 p.m. Feb. 27 will be a Then and Now workshop at San Diego Botanic Garden hosted by OMA at the Botanical Gardens. There will be a $50 registration fee. Registration is required by Feb. 19. Call (800) 483-6287.
Finally, a lecture on the Plants and Flowers of Imogen Cunningham will be given by Dave Ehrlinger, director of horticulture of the San Diego Botanic Garden, at 2 p.m. April 23.