Photography exhibit focuses on soldiers, effects of war

Suzanne-OptonThe Linfield Gallery will host three large-format photographic series by Suzanne Opton from Oct. 21 to Nov. 30.

Opton will present a lecture Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m. in Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian Bull Music Center. A reception will follow at 7 p.m. in the Linfield Gallery.

In her portfolios, “Soldier,” “Soldier and Citizen” and “Many Wars,” Opton explores the complex emotions of veterans who served in military operations overseas. Each body of work embodies a form of portraiture. From intimate close-up frames of the soldiers’ heads lying flat on a table and gazing in the direction of the lens, faithful moments of soldiers embraced by their loved ones, and soldiers standing in a unique studio setting holding a comforting blanket, Opton’s photographs explore the transformative experiences of war. These images bypass the loaded ideas of soldier and warfare and provide a silent dialogue from one human being to the next.

Opton is the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship. Along with her work being exhibited internationally, her photographs can be found in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum; Cleveland Museum; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zurich, Switzerland; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Portland Art Museum; Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland; and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo., among others. The exhibit is sponsored by the Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield and is part of the Linfield PLACE program (Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement).

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Exhibitions of regional, national and international stature are on view throughout the academic year in the 1,500 square foot space at Linfield College. Patrons can expect challenging shows that exemplify diverse approaches to the practice of contemporary visual art. Exhibits are organized by Linfield Gallery Curator and Director Cris Moss.

All exhibits are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. The gallery will be closed Nov. 27-29 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The gallery is located in the James Miller Fine Arts Center on the Linfield College campus (map), at 900 SE Baker Street in McMinnville. Parking is free. For more information, call 503-883-2804 or visit Linfield Gallery online.