"Time Stands Still" Presents Rare Works By Photographer Eadweard Muybridge, His Forebears, And His Contemporaries
February 5–May 11, 2003
Stanford, CA, October 30, 2002, 2002—Featuring the works of 19th-century photographer Eadweard Muybridge, the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University presents an exhibition of stop-action photography from the medium¹s inception to the invention of cinema. Time Stands Still: Muybridge and the Instantaneous Photography Movement will be on view free at Stanford from February 5 to May 11, 2003. A catalogue co-published by Oxford University Press accompanies the exhibition. The Smithsonian Institution and the Cantor Arts Center will jointly present a free, public symposium about Muybridge's work on May 3, 2003.
Muybridge (1830–1904) was the first person to use photography to freeze rapid action for analysis and study. In response to a commission in 1872 from Leland Stanford to study the gait of a galloping horse, Muybridge devised a method for photographing episodes of behavior using a series of cameras. With this technique, Muybridge produced the most famous sequential photographs ever made and forever changed expectations about what photographs could and should reveal.
The exhibition juxtaposes photographs by Muybridge with works by other pioneering photographers of motion. Muybridge's momentous achievement is usually characterized as the first step in the invention of motion pictures. In fact, his work represents the culmination of experiments ongoing since the invention of photography.
Time Stands Still is the first major exhibition to trace the instantaneous photography movement, presenting 190 rare works by Muybridge, his predecessors, and his contemporaries. Organized by Cantor Arts Center Guest Curator Phillip Prodger, the exhibition places Muybridge in historic context, revealing his revolutionary accomplishments to be the fulfillment of a goal sought by an international array of innovative photographers to "stop action."
Material from the Cantor Arts Center and Stanford University Special Collections documents the earliest phase of Muybridge's motion study work (1872–1881) and provides the core of the exhibition. This includes early proofs, negatives, and slides, related drawings and paintings, an original maquette for Muybridge's first motion picture projection, examples from The Horse in Motion, and a working replica of his zoöpraxiscope motion picture projector.
The exhibition and catalogue are made possible through the generosity of Carmen Christensen and additional support from The Bernard Osher Foundation.
After viewing at the Cantor Arts Center, Time Stands Still travels to the Cleveland Museum of Art for exhibition Nov. 16, 2003 to Jan. 25, 2004.
The Cantor Arts Center and the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History, Behring Center, will jointly present a symposium on Saturday, May 3, 2003. Admission is free. Entitled Eadweard Muybridge, Pioneer—But of What?, the symposium will be held on the Stanford campus in Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building. For information and reservations, call 650-725-3155. The symposium is funded by the Mark and Betsy Gates Fund for Photography and the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History, Behring Center.
Docents give free tours of Time Stands Still throughout the exhibition on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. No reservation is needed. For groups of 10 or more, call 650-723-3469 to schedule private tours.