Visual Art

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

famous photographers hang show at Foster Gallery

Lizzie Resch |

A touring exhibition from Knoxville that you’d normally find in major-market art museums is coming to Eau Claire. Based on the 1941 book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, the gallery exhibition at UW-Eau Claire’s Foster Gallery features the text of James Agee (acclaimed film critic and screenwriter) and the accompanying black-and-white photographs of Walker Evans. The book documents the lives of three tenant farmers in Alabama during the post depression. Tom Wagener, director of the gallery, says the photography-based show has tremendous artistic and historical value, and Evans is one of the pioneers in photography in both art and documentary. Wagener sees the show as not only a good fit for art students, but for all students. Along with the show, Baldwin Lee, a professor of photography at the University of Tennessee and Evans’s former assistant, will be on the UWEC campus talking about working with Evans and his own photography on November 12.

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: Photographs of Walker Evans and Words of James Agee • Nov. 4-23 with a reception on Nov. 4 from 7:30-9pm • Foster Gallery, Haas Fine Arts, UWEC • FREE