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New Exhibitions on Display at Emerson Gallery

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Posted June 7, 1996
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Three new art exhibitions, "Ruth Harriet Louise and Her Hollywood Contemporaries," "People and Places: Photographs from the Portfolios of Robert Doisneau, Elliot Erwitt, Ralph Gibson, Alen MacWeeney and William Earle Williams (Class of 1973)" and "William Roehrick (Class of 1934), 1912-1995: A Memorial Exhibition," will be on display at the Emerson Gallery until July 21. The exhibitions are free and open to the general public.

"Ruth Harriet Louise and Her Hollywood Contemporaries," an exhibition of approximately 20 photographs from a New York private collection, reveals the largely forgotten work of Louise, who headed the M-G-M portrait gallery from 1925 until her retirement in 1930--at the age of 25.

During this brief period, Louise transformed both the look of the Hollywood portrait as well as the role of the photographer. She was the first studio photographer to demand and receive credit for her work. Working in collaboration with such sitters as Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, Marion Davies and Norma Shearer, Louise achieved an emotional intensity not generally seen in earlier work. Whether playful, ironic, glamorous or sensuous, her work reveals a trust between photographer and subject, resulting in some of the most memorable images created during the era when all eyes looked to Holly-wood.

"People and Places: Photographs from the Portfolios of Robert Doisneau, Elliot Erwitt, Ralph Gibson, Alen MacWeeney and William Earle Williams (Class of 1973)," is an exhibition composed of 40 photographs which focus on people and social conditions. The photographs are seen as documentary images which involve imagination and art as well as fact with feeling.

"William Roehrick (Class of 1934), 1912-1995: A Memorial Exhibition," composed of 25 works from the William G. Roehrick Collection, is a tribute to a man whose vision and generosity has been instrumental in the development of the Hamilton For 15 years, Roehrick charmed the world with his portrayal of the character Henry Chamberlain on the soap opera, Guiding Light. In addition to that role, he shared the stage with legends such as Sir John Gielgud, Ethel Barrymore, Tallulah Bankhead and Lillian Gish. Although his vocation was the theatre, his avocation and the source of his passion was Hamilton College and the Emerson Gallery. During his lifetime, Roehrick donated over 160 objects to the gallery.

The Emerson Gallery is located on the first floor of Christian A. Johnson Hall, directly behind the Hamilton College Chapel. Summer hours at the gallery are Monday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. The gallery is closed on the weekends during the summer months.

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