Verne Morton: Rural Artist
For nearly 50 years local photographer Verne Morton (1868-1945) devoted himself to photographing Tompkins County rural and village life. To honor the life’s work of this beloved local artist, The History Center, in partnership with the Dryden Mutual Insurance Company which is celebrating its 150-year anniversary in May 2010, is pleased to present this special exhibition of Morton’s work. The exhibition draws upon Dryden Mutual’s private collection of digital reproductions taken from the glass plate negatives of The History Center’s extensive Verne Morton holdings.
Part I, May / June: Observer of Nature and People
Accompanied in June by an exhibit of period specific textiles and objects from Morton’s time, as well as Morton’s own collections of rocks and minerals and pressed flowers.
Ithaca First Friday Gallery Night receptions on May 7 and June 4, 5 - 8 pm
Part II, July: Images and Vessels of Daily Life
Accompanied by an exhibit of The History Center’s stoneware collection.
Ithaca First Friday Gallery Night reception on July 2, 5 - 8 pm.
Part III, August: The Medium of the Machine
Accompanied by an exhibit of The History Center’s collection of various record producing machines, from cameras to typewriters.
Ithaca First Friday Gallery Night reception on August 6, 5 - 8 pm.
Part IV, September: Back to School
Accompanied by an exhibit of objects relating to the work and play of children from The History Center’s collection.
Ithaca First Friday Gallery Night reception on September 3, 5 - 8 pm.