Coffee with the Curator: Featuring Ralph Burns: Persistence of Vision
Take a walk through the galleries with the Curator and get a behind-the-scenes look into Ralph Burns: A Persistence of Vision. Afterwards, guests are invited to converse and pose questions while enjoying complimentary coffee (courtesy of Hatchet Coffee Co.) with the Curator at the Museum.
Ralph Burns has long been recognized as a documentary photographer whose images have captured the diverse and enigmatic nature of ritual and religion, and who has explored the subjective and often defining nature of belief, worship, and culture. Like his predecessors — such as Walker Evans, Diane Arbus, Mary Ellen Mark, and Robert Frank — Burns uses his cameras to probe a constantly shifting human landscape and to document the public and private aspects of culture and religion in transition, often working at the unclear and overlapping intersection of both.
A native of Louisiana and a resident of Asheville since 1975, Burns has photographed in New Orleans, Asheville and Western North Carolina, the American South, Mexico, Cuba, Israel, England, Thailand, Nepal, Afghanistan and Europe. He is recognized both nationally and internationally, exhibiting his photographs in museums worldwide. German/Israeli curator Doreet Levitte Hartten wrote: “(His) insights into religious character … make Burns’s work, apart from their aesthetic qualities, into documents of anthropological significance.”