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Historic New England presents White on White: Churches of Rural New England

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Media Contact: Susanna Crampton

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Historic New England presents White on White: Churches of Rural New England

Boston, Mass. – Historic New England’s traveling exhibition, White on White: Churches of Rural New England, is on view at three New England venues during 2012.

Rocky Hill Meeting House, Amesbury, Massachusetts, 1785

Adams Gallery at Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts

February 13 to May 9, 2012

Bruce Museum of Art, Greenwich, Connecticut

June 30 to September 23, 2012

Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, Connecticut

October 6, 2012 to January 27, 2013

White on White: Churches of Rural New England presents forty photographs by renowned architectural photographer Steve Rosenthal depicting iconic New England churches, drawn from his handsome book of the same name.

Rosenthal began photographing New England churches in the 1960s, and the project gradually became a personal quest. His luminous black and white photographs capture the effect of light on three-dimensional forms and the abstract patterns of shingles and shutters. The early churches of New England hold a special place in the American consciousness, revered for their physical beauty, simplicity, and elegance and for their role in the early history of this country. Photographer Steve Rosenthal captures the intrinsic beauty of the architecture while creating a world of rich order and rational light. "These are the buildings which give New England towns and villages a unique sense of place and define, in many minds, the New England character. Collectively, they are as important to the cultural and architectural history of these villages as are the great cathedrals to the cities of Europe." Rosenthal explains.

The accompanying book White on White: Churches of Rural New England, photographs by Steve Rosenthal, with an essay by Verlyn Klinkenborg, and an afterword by Robert Campbell, is available through Historic New England. Hard cover, 14” x 12”, 136 pages, 80 large black-and-white photographs. $85. Call 617-227-3956 to order or shop at HistoricNewEngland.org.

About Historic New England

Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. We bring history to life while preserving the past for everyone interested in exploring the authentic New England experience from the seventeenth century to today. Historic New England owns and operates thirty-six historic homes and landscapes spanning five states. We share the region’s history through vast collections, publications, public programs, museum properties, archives, and family stories that document more than four hundred years of life in New England. Visit HistoricNewEngland.org./p>

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Historic New England presents White on White: Churches of Rural New England