Sunday, April 6, 4pm Talk, 4:45pm Reception
Photographer Lisa Kessler’s Seeing Pink series explores the myriad of cultural meanings behind the color pink. The color is deeply gendered and has come to symbolize the extreme of the feminine, but this has not always been the case. Danforth Art’s exhibition, In the Pink, explores a selection of Kessler’s contemporary interpretations of an often difficult color. Kessler’s search to uncover and understand the color’s personal and coded meanings led her throughout the United States, and she documented pink as she found it, from the expected—pale plastic doll displays and frosted layer cakes—to the unexpected—the psychologically intoxicating interior of a football locker room and splashes of the color bursting from the natural landscape. Yet, at its core, pink represents artificiality; Kessler’s work makes us question what we really perceive when we “see pink.”
Lisa Kessler is a nationally recognized photographer who works in both the documentary and fine art worlds. Her photographs are in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Teaching Collection of the Lehigh University Art Galleries. Kessler is a 2011 recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship, and was runner-up for the Honickman Foundation First Book Prize in Photography, Center for Documentary Studies. Trained as a historian and a photojournalist, Kessler holds degrees from Brown University and Boston University. She has taught at Boston University, Northeastern, Rhode Island College of Design, Montserrat College of Art, and currently teaches at Endicott College and Boston College.