With Wolfgang Tillmans Thursday, June 4, 2015 6:00 p.m. Rubloff Auditorium
In 1929, Hugh Edwards came to the Art Institute of Chicago from Paducah, Kentucky, with a high-school education and several years’ work experience at the local library. After starting at our own Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, Edwards joined the Department of Prints and Drawings while independently pursuing a love of photography. In 1958—nearly 30 years after joining the museum—Edwards was named Associate Curator of Photographs, and thereby became able to merge his avocation and his vocation into a single career.
Hugh Edwards ran an exhibitions and acquisitions program in photography for 12 years, until his retirement in 1970. In honor of his tremendous dedication and achievements, an annual lecture has been established with the aim to bring the most significant, internationally renowned practitioners of our time to as broad an audience as possible.
The inaugural Hugh Edwards Lecture in Photography will be given by Wolfgang Tillmans and is made possible through an endowment from the Crossed Purposes Foundation.