Tom Rankin Exhibition, “Place Meets Time,” at the Ogden Museum

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Mound Bayou, Mississippi, 1989

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Mound Bayou, Mississippi, 2009

Place Meets Time
Photographs by Tom Rankin

On exhibit at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art at the University of New Orleans
August 7–September 19, 2010
Opening reception: August 7, 2010, 6–9 p.m.

CDS director Tom Rankin began photographing African American sacred rituals and expression in the Mississippi Delta in the late 1980s. Interested in the confluence of land and faith, place and time, and the profane and the sacred, this early work resulted in the book Sacred Space: Photographs from the Mississippi Delta (1993). Over the years he has continued to photograph in the Delta, returning to many of same places and subjects with his 8 x 10 view camera. This exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art includes over forty recent prints from his sustained look at this storied region and the nature of hallowed and changing landscapes.

Tom Rankin is director of the Center for Documentary Studies and associate professor of the Practice of Art and Documentary Studies at Duke University. His photography books include Sacred Space: Photographs from the Mississippi Delta (1993), ‘Deaf Maggie Lee Sayre’: Photographs of a River Life (1995), Faulkner’s World: The Photographs of Martin J. Dain (1997), and Local Heroes Changing America: Indivisible (2000).

More about the exhibition

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Mt. Tinna Missionary Baptist Church, Scott, Mississippi, 1990

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Mt. Tinna Missionary Baptist Church, Scott, Mississippi, 2009

Installation of "Place Meets Time" at the Ogden Museum

Installation of "Place Meets Time" at the Ogden Museum

Installation of "Place Meets Time" at the Ogden Museum

Installation of "Place Meets Time" at the Ogden Museum

Installation of "Place Meets Time" at the Ogden Museum

Installation of "Place Meets Time" at the Ogden Museum

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    2. Thank you for this very elegant work. So often today, images are caught up in the rush to be cutting edge, in your face, raw. This works speaks to none of that. The images are simple, imbued with grace.

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