Humanitas: Images of India by Fredric Roberts is on view at the University Art Gallery in the Staller Center now through Saturday, December 11. The exhibit tells a story of beauty and grace, work and family, spirituality and devotion, featuring photographs of the award-winning photographer’s travels throughout India. Through portraiture and landscape, Roberts presents a fascinating depiction of domestic and economic life.
“When I look at the people I photograph, I see that they have a larger vision of life, a vision that transcends monetary wealth,” said Roberts. “It is about their relationship with their god, with their land, neighbors, and family. It is the power of those relationships that I want to communicate.”
These photographs reveal the rapport Roberts establishes with his subjects, as well as their own sense of elegance and self-possession. From a touching portrait of a mother and child to isolated monks at prayer, Roberts’ photographs introduce a wide array of fascinating individuals. Humanitas: Images of India captures the spirit and the beauty of each subject and is satisfying to any lover of photography or travel.
Roberts resides in Los Angeles. He is represented by the Bonni Benrubi Gallery in New York, the Robert Klein Gallery in Boston, the Stephen Cohen Gallery in Los Angeles, and the Andrew Smith Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His photographs are in the collections of Stanford University and the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego. He has two books of photographs published by Abbeville Press, Humanitas, Volume One and Humanitas II.
Roberts will present a slide lecture of his work at the Charles B. Wang Center on Saturday, November 13, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. An artist’s reception will be held at the University Art Gallery on Saturday, November 13, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Admission is free for the exhibition, the lecture, and the reception. A color catalog accompanies the exhibition and is available at the Gallery desk.
This exhibition has been made possible by a generous grant from the Paul W. Zuccaire Foundation. Additional funding has been provided by The Cowles Charitable Trust and the Friends of Staller Center.
Humanitas: Images of India was organized by the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, California. Funding support for this exhibition has been generously provided by Brindell Gottlieb, Dr. and Mrs. Peter Bing, The Walter Lantz Foundation, and The Grano Family Foundation.
The University Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Staller Center. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm, and Saturday, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The Gallery will also be open during intermissions and one hour prior to the following performances at the Staller Center: Ken Peplowski’s Welcome to the Club on November 20 and the Emerson String Quartet on November 30.
Admission is free. For more information, please call the Gallery at (631) 632-7240.