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Looking Outward: Robert Lyons' Unconventional Approach to Curating This Year's Hartford Photography MFA

Exhibition Review by Romke Hoogwaerts

Thesis shows aren’t usually hung salon-style. At most schools, students' experiences and interests differ, so each typically gets a few feet of wall space for themselves with the hope that their work can live in harmony with its neighbors. Inexorably, contexts clash. It’s always precarious. Even Hartford’s Photography MFA program lived by that mantra for its first few years, as the program's founder and director Robert Lyons explained to me, until 13, this year’s thesis exhibition at Joseloff Gallery in Hartford Connecticut. Lyons also curated the show, although he affirmed everyone had a voice the decision. It really is quite courageous of them all.

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