Archive Exhibit: ABELARDO MORELL, artist in residence

March 19 - May 5, 2012

photo of bookplates by Abelardo Morell


Public lecture by the artist: Monday, March 19, 7 PM

Reception for the artist: Monday, March 19, 8:30 – 9:30 PM

Cuban-born, Boston-based Morell is internationally renowned as an innovator in fine art photography. Morell is the twenty-sixth annual Artist-in-Residence at Pasadena City College; during his stay, Morell will create work with the generous assistance of The Huntington Library in San Marino.

Morell is best known for dreamlike images created using a self-designed camera obscura (a process in which rooms are converted into cameras). In the words of writer Tom O’Neil, Abe Morell melts “the boundaries between landscape and dreamscape.” In addition to camera obscura images, the PCC exhibition includes recent works in which Morell focuses his camera on the printed pages of books.  Remarkable in both pictorial and conceptual terms, Morell’s images touch on many disciplines, including physics, history, topography and architecture.

Morell has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago; the Detroit Institute of Arts; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Museum de Arte Moderno, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and dozens of other museums and galleries worldwide.  His work is represented in scores of public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Getty Museum, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England. His photography is the subject of several books and exhibition catalogues, including Camera Obscura; Abelardo Morell—Face to Face: Photographs at the Gardiner Museum and A Book of Books.  Morell has received a multitude of awards, including the International Center for Photography Infinity Award and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship.

Born in Havana, Cuba, in 1948, Morell moved to the United States in 1962. He earned a BA degree from Bowdoin College in 1977 and an MFA from Yale University School of Art in 1981. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Bowdoin College in 1997.

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