URI Library hosts Happenstance: Women at Work photography exhibit

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KINGSTON R.I. – September 18, 2009- The University of Rhode Island’s Robert L. Carothers Library & Learning Commons will host an exhibit by Rhode Island photographer Madeleine O. Robinson Ph.D ’80 from Sept. 21 through Nov. 20. The opening reception will be held Sept. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the library, 15 Lippitt Road., Kingston.

The traveling exhibit, Happenstance: Women at Work, is a series of candid photographs to celebrate local women at work. A snapshot Robinson took in Warsaw, Poland some years ago of two women working together, moved her. “One was playing a harp-like instrument and the other stood close by to oversee their spot. The brick and stonework surrounding them gave their delicate situation a certain solidarity,” said the artist a Cumberland resident.

Robinson felt connected to each of the women she photographed in this exhibit. She came across each one by “happenstance” in rounds of their daily lives. Most of the shots were candid, taken on the spot, and all were taken without studio conditions.

She hoped to capture, “… a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying,” as referenced by oral historian Studs Terkel’s book Working: People Talk About What They do All Day and How They Feel About What They do.

Robinson, an artist member of the Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, Mass., since 1999, and has participated annually in many of their shows, including the member, flower and small works events. Her photographs have been exhibited at River Bend Visitor Center in Uxbridge, Mass.; Ten Year Retrospective at the East Greenwich Photo Gallery; Community College of Rhode Island in Lincoln, R.I. and at the Attleboro City Hall, Attleboro, Mass.

The exhibit is sponsored by URI’s Charles T. Schmidt Research Center. You may visit the exhibit during library hours: Sunday: 1 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Monday –Thursday: 8 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.