A lecture by Jeffrey Allison of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will explore the creation of a classic piece of literature by Walker Evans and James Agee at 7 p.m. on March 8 in the Slemp Student Center’s Dogwood Room on the UVa-Wise campus.
The lecture, “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: Walker Evans and James Agee in the American South,” is presented by Pro-Art Association and the University of Virginia’s College at Wise.
In 1936, Fortune magazine hired photographer Walker Evans and writer James Agee to do an article on the conditions among sharecropper families during the “Dustbowl.” Spending weeks living with three different sharecropping families, Agee and Evans captured more than just a standard documentary; the final photographs and paired language become poetry.
Though the article was never printed, a final book was published in 1941 which was simmering with anger, beauty and mystery.
This lecture will explore the creation of this profound work of literature and its influence on artists as diverse as Aaron Copland and William Christianberry.
Jeffrey Allison is the Paul Mellon Collection educator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and a professional photographer. He holds a B.A. degree in photography and film from Virginia Intermont College and an M.F.A. degree in photography from VCU.
Admission is free. UVa-Wise students receive cultural credit for attending this event.
Sponsors are the Virginia Commission for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
For information or assistance with special needs, call Pro-Art Association at 276-376-4520 or visit www.proartva.org.