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 Past Exhibition

The Poetics of Space


April 10, 2009–April 11, 2010

Kemper Museum

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Inspired by French philosopher Gaston Bachelard’s book La poétique de l’espace (The Poetics of Space) (1958), this exhibition features photographs from the Kemper Museum’s permanent collection that focus on the spatial dynamics of our architectural and natural surroundings. Through photographs by William Christenberry, Lynn Davis, Walker Evans, Todd Hido, and Aaron Siskind, among others, the exhibition reveals the mysterious and poetic worlds dwelling within domestic, urban, and natural spaces.

Above: Todd Hido, Untitled #1975-a, 1996; chromogenic color print mounted on aluminum, 38 x 30 inches; Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum Purchase, Barbara Uhlmann Memorial Fund, 2005.21