Women in the Landscape | UNEARTHED


Newspace Center for Photography is pleased to announce two new exhibitions and a full events schedule on the subject of landscape and garden photography as it relates to gender and community, from an historical and a contemporary perspective:


Participating artists:

Jessica Auer | Jennifer Colten | Lauren Henkin | Dawn Roe
Organized by Lauren Henkin

The group exhibition Women in the Landscape was born out of a series of conversations between contemporary women landscape photographers on the online arts journal Tilted Arc. The purpose of the conversations – and this exhibition – is to bring attention to women photographers working in a genre of the medium populated primarily by men.

Having started as a genre predominantly practiced by men, contemporary women photographers are offering an increasingly important perspective on our engagement with nature. Women in the Landscape presents the work of four such artists. Their work spans a range of ideas from an index of humankind’s discarded fragments (Jennifer Colten) to inconsistencies between experienced and recorded time (Dawn Roe) to the study of cultural sites and how they connect place, journey and cultural experience (Jessica Auer) to the tension between preservation and extinction (Lauren Henkin).

Hand Colored Slides of Early Twentieth-Century Portland Gardens from the Oregon Historical Society

The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) and Newspace Center for Photography are proud to present UNEARTHED, an exhibition of hand colored lantern slides of Portland gardens from ca. 1920 – 1935. These images, all drawn from the OHS permanent collection, were created by George C. Stephenson (1866-1940) on behalf of the Portland Garden Club (PGC). Following the First World War an effort was made to record the beautiful yet quickly disappearing estate gardens in and around Portland. Stephenson, identified in his obituary (1940) as the official photographer of the PGC, created hundreds of slides locally – many of which document the famed Portland gardens of the time, including the Kerr brothers’ gardens and the Frank Estate (now Lewis and Clark College). All slides were then colored by hand, taking great pains to accurately record the color palette of each garden or plant subject. These slides embody the ways in which archival collections of this kind function over time—what we learn from them about our past and the ways in which they can reflect on our present. In addition to the public programs (listed below) the exhibition will include prints of select images, as well as the display of the slides themselves.

All events are free, open to the public, and take place at Newspace unless otherwise noted

Opening Reception: Friday, August 7, 6 – 9pm

Lantern slide show and presentation: Friday, August 14, 6:30-7:30pm. Projected by Matthew Cowan, Archivist of Photography and Moving Image Collection, Oregon Historical Society, and narrated by Suzanne Bishop, Chair, Garden History committee, Portland Garden Club.

UNEARTHED panel discussion: Thursday, September 10, 6:30-7:30pm. Panelists: Yaelle Amir, Newspace Curator; Suzanne Bishop, Chair, Garden History committee, Portland Garden Club; Matthew Cowan, Archivist of Photography and Moving Image Collection, Oregon Historical Society.

Lecture: Women, Gardens, and Modern Landscape Architecture by Thaisa Way, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington: Thursday, September 17, 7 – 8pm

Women in the Landscape artist panel discussion: Saturday, September 26, 4-5:30pm. Panelists: Jessica Auer, Jennifer Colten, Lauren Henkin, and Dawn Roe.

Lantern slide show and presentation at the Portland Garden Club (1132 SW Vista Ave, Portland): Thursday, October 15, 10-11am.


Beyond the Image: Installation and Exhibition: September 24. Instructor: Lauren Henkin.

Pin-up Critique with Lauren Henkin and Jessica Auer: September 26.

On Location: The Garden at Twilight: August 9 & August 13. Instructor: Zeb Andrews.

Finding Beauty: Themes in the Traditional Landscape: September 13, September 20, October 4. Instructor: Ray Bidegain


Radio interview with Newspace Curator Yaelle Amir and OHS Archivist Matthew Cowan, KBOO’s Art Focus, August 11, 2015

Briauna Skye McKizzie, “Oregon Historical Society and Newspace Center for Photography Present Unearthed,” GoLocal PDX, August 7, 2015


Newspace Center for Photography is located at 1632 10th Ave, Portland, OR.
Gallery hours: Monday – Thursday 10:00am-9:30pm; Friday – Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm.