Memphis College of Art announces Visiting Artist Sally Mann, internationally acclaimed photographer and New York Times bestselling author, for a book reading and signing event on Monday, May 9 from 7–9 p.m. in Rust Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave., Overton Park. Mann will read excerpts from her recent book HOLD STILL: A Memoir with Photographs at 7 p.m. in Callicott Auditorium, with a reception and book signing to follow at 8 p.m. in the Main Gallery. The event is free and open to the public, and copies of HOLD STILL may be purchased that evening.
In HOLD STILL, Mann’s prose matches the artistry of her photographs. By entwining visual and narrative story, Mann creates an original form of personal history that features the drama of a novel, but is rooted in the details of her life and family history. Researching for the book, Mann set out to understand her parents—her emotionally reserved mother and her father, a doctor who was fascinated with death. She also looks into the lives of her husband’s parents, described as “social climbers from the North.” Mann’s abiding subjects and concerns of family, race, mortality and the landscape of the American South are portrayed in the book as almost genetic predisposition, inherited from the “colorful characters” in her family line. In the memoir, Mann discovers how the actions of generations past continue to reverberate in her life and work today.
Born in Lexington, Va., Mann is best known for her resonate landscape work and evocative portraits of her family. She has received numerous awards including the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her work is featured in many collections around the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Mann has also been the subject of two documentaries—Blood Ties (1994), nominated for an Academy Award in 1995, and What Remains (2007), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2008. Mann is the author of many books including What Remains, Deep South, At Twelve,Immediate Family, Still Time, Proud Flesh and The Flesh and The Spirit. HOLD STILL was published by Little, Brown and Company in 2015 and has been awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction and was a finalist for the National Book Award.
Support for Sally Mann’s visit to Memphis College of Art is generously provided by The Hohenberg Foundation.