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Accidental Mysteries: Extraordinary Vernacular Photographs

John & Teenuh Foster Collection

This exhibition will feature an exceptional group of 65 photographs from the John and Teenuh Foster collection of found photographs. Over the years, the Fosters, long-time folk art collectors, have assembled a remarkable group of snapshot photographs from forays to antique shops, flea markets and on-line auctions. The found images are orphans of another life, holding secrets within them regarding their real narratives. Rediscovered, these photographs have been given new life and lie open to reinterpretation. They invite the viewer to mine their imaginations to create new meanings or remember in new ways.

Exhibition dates:  June 2 - August 1, 2015.

Reception, June 9, 6 - 8 pm

Brown Bag Lunch, June 10, Noon - 1 pm

Film showing, Finding Vivian Maier, July 14, 6 - 7:30 pm

Mulvane Art Museum, 17th & Jewell Streets, Topeka, KS


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Mulvane Art Museum
1700 SW College Avenue
Topeka, KS  66621


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