Baldwin Gallery hosts work of Susan kae Grant

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Susan kae Grant

The Baldwin Photographic Gallery, located in the Bragg Media and Entertainment Building, is exhibiting the work of Dallas-based photographic artist Susan kae Grant until Nov. 9. The exhibit is dubbed “Night Journey.”

The artist will be on hand for an Oct. 8 public lecture from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Bragg Room 103.

Grant is recognized nationally and internationally as an inventive and influential artist, educator and early proponent of photographic book arts. In 1993, she received funding to conduct research on REM, or rapid eye movement, sleep at the Southwestern Medical Center Sleep Laboratory in Dallas, in collaboration with sleep scientist Dr. John Herman.

Using herself as the subject, Grant was tape recorded in the lab on many occasions while awakened from REM sleep. These “awakenings” along with audio recordings and journal sketches provided vivid access to memory and the dream-state. Through a suite of large-scale black and white photographs and a room-size installation with sound recordings, Grant re-created the fragmented and multisensorial experience of dreaming by combining large-scale photographic murals printed on chiffon fabric with audio recordings of quiet whispered phrases.

Grant holds a Master of Fine Arts and a bachelor’s in photography and book arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She served as head of Photography & Book Arts at Texas Woman’s University from 1981 to 2017 and was named Cornaro Professor of Art Emerita in 2018.

Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays when university classes are in session.

For more information on the Baldwin Photographic Gallery, go to facebook.com/BaldwinPhotoGallery/.

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Artist Susan kae Grant photographs shadows of models and props in her studio. When fabricating the environments, she strives to design sets with a sense of mystery and ambiguity to provoke more questions than answers. (Photo courtesy of Susan kae Grant)

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