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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: Mennello Museum features Mira Lehr’s important environmentally themed exhibition


At the beginning of this year – if you can remember back that far – our planet’s rapidly accelerating climate crisis was on the front page of every newspaper, and the opening of Miami artist Mira Lehr’s environmentally themed exhibition High Water Mark brought national attention to Orlando’s Mennello Museum of American Art with glowing coverage in the New York Times. Then along came, well, everything else, and climate change was pushed out of the headlines. But Lehr thinks now is the perfect time to turn our attention back to what’s happening with Mother Earth. Rather than distract from desperately needed climate action, she hopes this moment can compel us to reflect on the interconnection of our health and the …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

The Beautiful Mysterious: The Extraordinary Gaze of William Eggleston


Last Friday Orlando’s Mennello Museum of American Art opened an exhibition of work by Memphis photographer William Eggleston, who’s widely acknowledged as a living national treasure. Before Eggleston’s groundbreaking 1976 show at the Museum of Modern Art, color photos were seen as lowbrow. “Real” art photographers shot in austere black and white. But naysayers were put in their place when Eggleston’s brilliant dye-transfer prints became wildly popular and influential. Their saturated intensity lends significance to their humdrum subjects – rusty gas station signs, tattered fabric on a clothesline, a parking lot by night. And seeing as he’s known for his use of color, it’s a surprise – and a delight – to find that half the show is black-and-white photos. …
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