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Distinguished Yale scholar to discuss Wright Morris photography

Alan Trachtenberg, the Neil Gray Jr. Professor of English and American Studies, Emeritus, at Yale University, is scheduled to give a talk on the photography of Wright Morris at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in Annenberg Auditorium.

The 11th annual Christensen Fund Distinguished Lecture in Art History, "Things on Film: Photography and the World's Body -- The Lesson of Wright Morris" is being given in conjunction with the opening of an exhibition of photography by the award-winning novelist, who died in 1998.

Distinctly American: The Photography of Wright Morris, which opens Wednesday and runs through Jan. 12 at the Cantor Center for Visual Arts, surveys Morris' work from 1938 to 1947.

The exhibition catalog features an essay by Trachtenberg, who in 1991 received the International Center of Photography's Writing Award. His most recent book, Reading American Photographs: Images as History, Mathew Brady to Walker Evans (1989), was awarded the Charles C. Eldredge Prize for outstanding scholarship in American art by the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American Art.

Trachtenberg has been awarded numerous fellowships, as well as two Fulbright professorships. For more information about the lecture, call (650) 723-3788.



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