LOUISVILLE, KY (October 25, 2011)… The new Gallery Talk Series at the Muhammad Ali Center will add a third dimension to the artwork or memorabilia being featured in the Center’s rotating exhibits gallery. Bill Carner, from the University of Louisville’s Photographic Archives—the first speaker in the series—will be presenting at the Ali Center on Tuesday, November 1st from 5:30-7:00 p.m. His talk complements “The Brutal Aesthetic” by photographer John Ranard, on exhibit through November 30th. Carner and Ranard were friends.
Mr. Carner studied photography at the Rhode Island School of Design and arrived in Kentucky on August 16, 1977, the day Elvis Presley died. Carner attended the Center for Photographic Studies in Louisville with John Ranard in 1977–78 and the two men remained close friends until John’s death in 2008. Carner has been wrangling photos at the University of Louisville Photographic Archives for over 30 years.
Those attending Carner’s Gallery Talk can look forward to hearing about subjects that include, not just boxing, but compelling historical stories about Louisville (including Elvis Presley as a pop icon and the Louisville punk scene) and Ranard’s thematic photo sequences including: HIV/AIDS, drug abuse, and criminals and prisons in Russia; Ranard’s last project in Louisville (entitled “On Every Corner”); and his final self portrait series before he passed away. Carner said that “John looked at life like he’d just arrived on this planet. Everything he saw was wonderful and interesting. That made his photographs wonderful and interesting.”
This Gallery Talk is FREE and open to the public. The Ali Center is located at 144 North Sixth Street in downtown Louisville. Parking is available on the side streets or in the PARC garage located below the Ali Center. For questions, please call (502) 584-9254.
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