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Dutch Paintings: The Poetry of Everyday Life

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With support from: Lowell Institute
Date and time
Thursday, June 19, 2003

Laura McPhee and Abelardo Morell share their responses to the range of works gathered from local collections for the exhibition *The Poetry of Everyday Life: Dutch Paintings in Boston Collections*. McPhee is renowned for her panoramic landscape vistas; Morell for his city views captured with a camera obscura, as well as magical still lifes. The work of both photographers offers parallels to the close and transforming attention 17th-century Dutch painters gave to the everyday world.

She is the daughter of award winning author John McPhee and photographer Pryde Brown, sister of novelists Jenny McPhee and Martha McPhee, architectural historian Sarah McPhee, and Joan Sullivan, founding principal of the Bronx Academy of Letters. McPhee earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Princeton University in 1980, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1986. McPhee was awarded a Fulbright Scholars Fellowship in 1998 for work in India and Sri Lanka and a residency in Idaho from Alturas Foundation 2003-2005. She was also awarded a New England Foundation for the Arts fellowship in 1995 and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship in 1993. Her work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Getty Center, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among many others. McPhee is a Professor of Photography at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She is represented by the Bonni Benrubi Gallery in New York and the Carroll and Sons Gallery in Boston, MA.
Born in 1948, Havana, Cuba. Education Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME: Bachelor of Art, 1977 Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT: Master of Fine Arts, 1981Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME: Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, 1997 Present Positions Professor of Photography Massachusetts College of Art and Design Boston, MA Alturas Foundation Artist-in-Residence, south Texas, 2008-2009 Happy and Bob Doran Artist-in-Residence, Yale University Art Gallery,New Haven, CT, 2008-2009. Awards 2006 The Decordova Museum Rappaport Prize 1995 St Botolph's Club Foundation Award 1994 New England Foundation for the Arts Fellowship 1993 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship 1992 Cintas Foundation Fellowship