Clarice Smith Distinguished Lecture: Abelardo Morell

  • Abelardo Morell is a Boston-based artist born in Havana, Cuba. Morell earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Bowdoin College in 1977, and a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University School of Art in 1981. Morell’s work has been shown at more than 70 museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In this talk the artist discusses his work and process. Morell is best known for his Camera Obscura images. Using techniques developed in the ancient world to project an outdoor scene onto the walls of a darkened room, he creates a natural optical phenomenon that he then captures with a large-format camera, as seen in Camera Obscura Image of Manhattan View Looking West in Empty Room that is part of SAAM’s Latino and photography collections.