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'LASTING LIGHT' BRINGS GRAND CANYON TO CAL U'LASTING LIGHT' BRINGS GRAND CANYON TO CAL U

LAST DAY TO VIEW "LASTING LIGHT" EXHIBITION

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Walter Czekaj
724-938-5244
czekaj@calu.edu

Posted on August 29, 2011

The Grand Canyon is wild and unforgiving. But it is also one of the most stunning landscapes on Earth—a place for recreation, reflection and reverence. An exhibition opening this month at California University of Pennsylvania allows us to marvel at this natural wonder without camping equipment, emergency rations or rappelling ropes.

Featuring 60 color photographs, Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography is a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the Grand Canyon Association.

The exhibition continues through Nov. 7 in the Manderino Gallery on Cal U’s campus in California, Pa. The exhibition’s national tour continues through 2013.

Covering nearly 125 years of photographic history, the exhibition includes images of early photographers dangling from cables to get the perfect shot, their cumbersome camera equipment balanced precariously on their shoulders. More modern images are bold and dramatic, revealing the canyon’s capricious weather, its flora and fauna, waterfalls and wading pools, and awe-inspiring cliffs and rock formations. The stunning contemporary images were selected by representatives from Eastman Kodak’s Professional Photography Division and National Geographic.

Grand Canyon National Park, 2,000 square miles of snaking river beds and sheer rock walls, is a world like no other, where vibrant cliffs and flowing water create a striking complement to the Western sky.

“What you do is keep it for your children, your children’s children, and for all who come after you, as one of the great sights which every American should see,” Teddy Roosevelt urged. Roosevelt, ever the naturalist, was just one of the canyon’s devotees. There are millions of others, including the 26 featured photographers of Lasting Light, who ran the river and climbed the rocks to capture these breathtaking images.

About The Collaborator

The Grand Canyon Association is a nonprofit membership organization founded to support education, scientific research and other programs for the benefit of Grand Canyon National Park and its visitors

About SITES

SITES has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D.C., for more than 50 years. SITES connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through exhibitions about art, science and history, which are shown wherever people live, work and play.

See the Exhibition at Cal U

‘Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography’ is on display Sept. 9-Nov. 7 in the Manderino Gallery, inside Manderino Library at Cal U. Hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday; 8 a.m.-noon Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; and 2-6 p.m. Sunday. To discuss group tours or field trips, contact exhibitions coordinator Walter Czekaj at 724-938-5244 or czekaj@calu.edu.