Photos by William Wegman are topic of ‘Conversations’ gallery discussion Sept. 8

Washburn University

TOPEKA — The Mulvane Art Museum will have the privilege of hosting “It’s a Dog’s Life, Photographs by William Wegman from the Polaroid Collection” July 5 to Sept. 13. The exhibit features 28 large format Polaroids of Wegman’s Weimaraners. Wegman is best known for creating series of compositions of costumed dogs in various poses with deadpan expressions. William Wegman graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, in 1965 with a BFA in painting, then enrolled in the masters painting and printmaking program at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, receiving a master of fine arts in 1967. After teaching at various universities, Wegman’s interests in areas beyond painting ultimately led him to photography and the infant medium of video. While living in California, Wegman acquired Man Ray, the dog with whom he began a fruitful 12-year collaboration. Man Ray became a central figure in Wegman’s photography and videos, known in the art world and beyond for his endearing deadpan presence. In 1972, Wegman and Man Ray moved to New York. In 1986, a new dog, Fay Ray, came into Wegman’s life, and soon thereafter another famous collaboration began, marked by Wegman’s use of the Polaroid 20×24 camera. With the birth of Fay’s litter in 1989 and her daughter’s litter in 1995, Wegman’s cast grew. His photographs, videos, paintings and drawings have been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally. A retrospective of his work traveled to museums throughout Europe and the United States, including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. His most recent exhibitions have traveled to Japan, Sweden and the Orange County (Calif.) Museum of Art. The exhibition is organized by the Museum of Florida Art, in partnership with the Polaroid Collection. Museum and ArtLab hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. No admission is charged. The museum will be closed July 4. The Mulvane Art Museum is located on the Washburn University campus at 17th and Jewell Streets, adjacent to White Concert Hall. For additional information, call 785-670-1124, e-mail [email protected]washburn.edu, or go to www.washburn.edu/mulvane/.