CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 26, 2003- The Southeast Missouri Regional Museum at Southeast Missouri State University will feature the work of Jane Hinton at a reception Oct. 10 to open her exhibit, “Jane Hinton: Bridges.”
The opening reception is planned for 4-6 p.m. Hinton will present a gallery talk at 5 p.m.
Hinton’s exhibition coincides with the upcoming opening of Cape Girardeau’s new Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge. The new bridge will replace the truss bridge that has linked Missouri and Illinois across the Mississippi River since the late 1920s. Recent images illustrating the construction of the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge are featured in the exhibition.
The exhibit also consists of 44 gelatin-silver images, many of which are diptychs and triptychs. On one level, Hinton’s carefully composed photographs are formal studies of pattern, texture and value. On another, they are metaphors of a certain optimism that constantly embraces new materials and ideas to soar lightly through the air while remaining land-bound and solidly rooted. Exploring the dualities of tension and rest, flight and gravity, tensile strength and inert mass is a fundamental aspect of Hinton’s art.
Since 1989, Toronto-based Hinton has traveled throughout Europe and North America photographing bridges. Built of iron, steel, masonry and concrete, these spans represent a singular blend of technology, engineering and art.
Views of John A. Roebling’s Delaware River Bridge (1856), James Buchanan Eads’ St. Louis Bridge (1874), and Scotland’s Forth Rail Bridge (1839-1913), designed by Sir John Fowler and Sir Benjamin Baker, are included as well as anonymous railroad bridges.
Hinton’s exhibit will remain on display through Nov. 16.
The Southeast Missouri Regional Museum is located in Memorial Hall on the Southeast campus. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Museum programs are supported by a Congressionally directed grant administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.