Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln
This is a preview of “Aspects of Lincoln: 100 Photographic Portraits of the 16th President of the United States”, opening tonight at Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall.
I had the honor to design and hang this show. To say that Abraham Lincoln is and always has been a person I admired is an understatement, and any way I can honor his memory, in poetry, art, music or any other creative medium, is something I do with joy.
In conjunction with the reopening of the restored Espy Post room Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall, Pittsburgh photographer Norman Schumm offered to loan his collection of “100 photographic portraits of Abraham Lincoln” assembled by Stephan Lorant for the book entitled Lincoln: a Picture Story of His Life.
The photos had only been displayed for one night previously, and were mounted on two-ply mounting with their number and an explanatory paragraph accompanying. The only way to display these for the public to see over a six-week period was to have specially-sized mats cut and frame them, which I did along with planning where and how they’d hang in the Reception Hall of ACFL&MH. I secured display panels from the McMurray Art League, displaying 83 of the photos in one solid angle of photos. I thought the portraits were individually stunning and interesting, but all together, displayed in identical frames, a viewer can study each of them individually, then step back and see the impact of the professional life of this incredible president.
The exhibit will continue through the end of April.