If you attended the 2001 Daguerreian Society Symposium in Kansas City, you saw a wonderful exhibit, Mirror with a Memory: The American Daguerreotype. The exhibit is on display at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art from October 13, 2001 through January 6, 2002. It was curated by Keith F. Davis, Fine Art Programs Director, Hallmark Cards, Inc.
The exhibit is structured in three parts:
1) The Daguerreian Era
The tools and artifacts, the various ways of presenting, and the ephemera of the era are shown in a little over 100 items.
This section was co-curated by Matthew R. Isenburg (MATTRI@aol.com), whose quarter plate daguerreotype portrait at right was taken in Toronto, Canada on April 20, 2000—a dark and rainy afternoon—by Mike Robinson with an exposure of 90 seconds using an antique f/3.3 Voigtländer lens.
2) Unknown MakerApproximately 150 stunningly lighted and displayed daguerreotypes chosen for their message, not their maker, proving beyond a doubt that Mr. Davis's choices are inspired, educational and entertaining.
3) A Living ArtApproximately 36 works by six of today's most talented and influential modern daguerreotypists.
TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE FIRST PART OF THE EXHIBIT