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Gallery Tour of Carleton Watkins: The Art of Perception

Special Event - 1999
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave. at 82nd Street
Saturday, November 6, 1999, 9:30 am

Members of the New York Stereoscopic Society are invited to attend a special gallery talk at this major retrospective of the most noted American landscape photographer of the 19th century. Laura Muir of the museum’s Department of Photography will lead the tour, and speak to us about Watkins’s career, including his extensive work in stereophotography.

The exhibition and accompanying catalog received rave reviews at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art earlier this year. Included are many original stereo prints, Watkins’s trademark "mammoth" prints, and approximately 200 stereo photographs exhibited in 3D on twelve Silicon Graphics computers, each equipped with two LCD shutter glasses.

The tour begins at the central information booth in the Met’s Great Hall when the Museum doors open at 9:30am. (Main entrance at 82nd St.) Please be on time and ready to begin promptly, as our goal is to enjoy some quiet time in the exhibit before the weekend crowds arrive. After the tour, Society members may gather informally in the Met’s comfortable visitors cafeteria on the first floor for a cup of coffee and some reflection on the exhibit.

Cost for this special event is $15 per person, which includes regular admission to the Museum and a stipend for Ms. Muir. (You are free to enjoy other exhibits in the Museum after the tour). Reservations and advance payment are required. Limited space is available. Please return your reservation no later than October 22, 1999.

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