With the advent of camera phones and the photography applications that have resulted, it's hard to remember the days when waiting 90 seconds for a photo to develop was considered "instant photography." If you can take your head out of the clouds and think back to that blissful simplicity, you'll remember that that was all thanks to Polaroid. Its invention was revolutionary as it changed the way artists produced images, conjuring a deeper meaning of the art of photography in general.
To commemorate Polaroid's impact on art, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, has organized "The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation" exhibit, which displays about 180 noteworthy Polaroid pictures by more than three dozen artists that represent Polaroid's transformation since its inception in 1972 to present day.
The exhibition is being featured at the Norton Museum of Art, where it opened on December 19 and runs till March 23. To discuss the meaning behind the exhibition in detail, the museum is holding a "Curator's Conversation" January 9 at 6:30 p.m. in conjunction with its weekly Art After Dark program. The Norton is located at 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. General admission is $12 for adults, $5 for students with a valid ID, and free for members and children 12 and under. Call 561-832-5196, or visit norton.org.
Thursdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thu., Jan. 9, 6:30 p.m. Starts: Dec. 19. Continues through March 23, 2013