Photography Encouraged: Imagination and Association

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Amy Fox
Social Media and Digital Content Specialist
June 8, 2017

One of the best parts of my day is the time I set aside to search through the comments and photos people share with us on social media. New angles, small details, and clever captions draw our attention to artworks and spaces as seen by you. Over time, some artworks become crowd favorites. It's easy to see why Karen LaMonte's Reclining Dress Impression with Drapery has captured the attention of so many visitors. Many marvel at the detailed folds in the cast glass; others note how the form of the piece perfectly mimics the shape of a woman. A few see the proximity of this sculpture to another, the 3D printed version of Hiram Powers' Greek Slave. Many cannot resist posing as the missing female form, adding an unintended interactive element.

instagram from tomorrowsan

Glass made to look like folds of fabric, detail captured by @tomorrowsan.



instagram from fotosaurus

Best caption award goes to @fotosaurus, framing a relationship between the 3D printed Greek Slave and LaMonte's dress: "She had no idea how her dress got all the way over there. To make matters worse, it seemed to be reclining there comfortably, taunting her."



instagram from nwalshcpt

As @nwalshcpt notes, people pose with Reclining Dress because it there's simply something irresistible about art that allows you to insert yourself—figuratively or literally.



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