Photographer will discuss life work

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BRATTLEBORO — Photographer Dona Ann McAdams will discuss her life and work with Marlboro College Professor of American Studies Kate Ratcliff at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC). The talk is free and open to the public.

This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibit "Dona Ann McAdams: Performative Acts," a retrospective of four decades of McAdams' work curated by John Killacky, on view at BMAC through September 23. Resplendent black-and-white photographs from McAdams' expansive oeuvre feature historic images of avant-garde performers, pioneers of queer liberation, portraits of people living with mental illness, cloistered nuns, race track workers, and luminous images of horses, oxen, and goats.

In the mid-1970s, McAdams was inspired by her friendship with civil rights icon Harvey Milk to use her camera to encourage social change. Among many other subjects, McAdams photographed the "NEA Four," performance artists whose work became the focus of conservative outrage in the early 1990s.

A longtime New York City resident, McAdams now lives on a goat farm in Sandgate, Vermont, with her husband, the writer Brad Kessler.

Founded in 1972, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center is located in historic Union Station, at the intersection of Main Street and Routes 119 and 142. Major support for BMAC is provided by its members and Allen Bros. Oil, Brattleboro Savings & Loan, C&S Wholesale Grocers, the Four Columns Inn, Sam's Outdoor Outfitters, and Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit www.brattleboromuseum.org.

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