Bill Yates "Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink" Gallery Talk.

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Ogden Museum of Southern Art says
Join Artist Bill Yates as he conducts a gallery talk in his exhibition "Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink", moderated by Curator of Photography Richard McCabe. Held in conjunction with PhotoNOLA 2015, the gallery talk will be free for Ogden Museum Members, New Orleans Photo Alliance Members, and PhotoNOLA Participants, $12.50 general admission.

About the Bill Yates: Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink exhibition:
In September 1972, Bill Yates was driving the back roads of Florida outside of Tampa, looking for things to photograph, when he came upon the Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink. Yates stopped his car, went inside and started photographing – thus beginning a seven month long project documenting the skaters of the Sweetheart roller rink. Set within the backdrop of sandy remote Florida, Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink is a visual time capsule documenting a transitional period of lost innocence, laid back days of heat and humidity, Spanish moss, roller girls, and rock-n-roll.

Yates made over 800 photographs in the seven month period ending in May 1973, when he packed the negatives away and moved to Providence, to enter school at Rhode Island School of Art and Design. Forty years later, Yates rediscovered his Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink series and began scanning the negatives. In 2013, Yates entered the series into the Photolucida Critical Mass competition where it placed in the Top 50 and became an instant classic.
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By: Ogden Museum of Southern Art

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