CMCA brings Wegman to Strand

Jul 13, 2017
William Wegman is pictured with his beloved Weimaraners; inset is early video still of Wegman and Man Ray.

Rockland — Artist William Wegman, accompanied by his famous Weimaraners, will present a slide talk on his work Tuesday, July 25, at 5:30 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., as part of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art's Tuesday Talk series.

CMCA and the Strand are partnering on the presentation, with reduced admission for CMCA and Strand members. Tickets, available online at rocklandstrand.com, are $15, $10 for members in advance; and $20 day of event.

Immediately following the talk, a reception for the artist will take place at CMCA, around the corner at 21 Winter St. The exhibition “William Wegman: Reel to Real,” featuring the artist's early videos and related drawings, is on view at CMCA through Oct. 22.

An important pioneer in video art, Wegman created a series of short videos between 1970 and 1978 that are now considered classics in the field. He began experimenting with the new medium in 1970 while living in Southern California, where he taught for a year at California State College, Long Beach. It was in Long Beach that Wegman acquired his first Weimaraner, Man Ray. Man Ray soon became an active participant in Wegman's early videos and subsequent photographs; and Weimaraners an iconic presence in the artist’s career.

Born in 1943 in Holyoke, Mass., Wegman is one of the best-known and most highly regarded artists of his generation. He received degrees from the Massachusetts College of Art and the University of Illinois, Urbana. With homes and studios in both New York and Rangeley, he continues to make videos, to take photographs and to make paintings and drawings.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com

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