Keasler Teaser: Dallas Photographer to Speak at Artist's Eye Series at the Kimbell

Misty Keasler, Payatas Garbage Dump, Manila, The Philippines, 2006, chromogenic print, 30 x 30 in. Collection of the artist
Misty Keasler, Payatas Garbage Dump, Manila, The Philippines, 2006, chromogenic print, 30 x 30 in. Collection of the artist

We really want to know how Misty Keasler came across a Hello Kitty S&M Room at a Japanese Love Hotel in Osaka. Luckily, we might actually get a chance to ask on Saturday.

Award-winning photographer and globetrotter extraordinaire, Keasler has already been places we didn't even knew existed, and she promises to take us (and you, too!) along for the ride during a free lecture on Saturday morning at 11:00 am, as part of the Artist's Eye series at the Kimbell Art Museum in Ft. Worth. Working her way through the aforementioned, innovative erotic love hotels of Japan to the pictured dump heaps of Guatemala and the complexly woven tapestries behind tiny dignified eyes in Russian orphanages, Keasler demands that her viewer envision the "foreign" as immediate and intimate, with judiciously captured lines and electric, vibrant colors. But, while the artist so cogently brings unfamiliar reaches of the world to her compatriots here at home, she similarly lights up our own realm with breathtaking images of deep East Texas trailers and gorily processed venison. Check out the master craftswoman's stunning artistic acuity at mistykeasler.com. A couple of our personal favorites are her photos entitled "Grandmother and Daddy Pat as American Gothic" and "Aunt Mertyl's Cat."

Moderated by director of conservation, Claire Berry, Keasler's talk will allow audience members to probe the mind of a young virtuoso who was named by Photo District News as one of the country's 30 best emerging talents and whose work is on permanent display in such hallowed institutions as the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, as well as our own beloved Dallas Museum of Art. Collectors and aspiring artists alike will love Keasler's display and appreciate learning insights from a working professional in her prime. We're excited to learn how Keasler continuously finds new inspiration in such obscure and widely unknown places. Seating is limited, so arrive early and with questions of your own.

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