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2014-04-02 Mary Katherine Campbell

Charles Ellis Johnson: Civil Saints and Moorish Dreams

Dr. Campbell received her BA in visual art from Brown University, a J.D. from Yale Law School and a Ph.D. in art history from Stanford University. Recognized as a scholar, teacher, and lawyer, Dr. Campbell specializes in nineteenth-century American Art. This talk examines the work of a little-known Utah photographer named Charles Ellis Johnson (1857-1926). The son of a prominent Mormon polygamist and the son-in-law of the second LDS prophet, Brigham Young, Johnson had two photographic specialities: the pictures that he shot for the Mormon Church and the stereoscopic erotica that he created on the side. Focusing on a few key images, she will explore the unexpected ways in which both of these sets of pictures speak to the profound change that occurred within the LDS church when the larger country forced it to relinquish polygamy in 1890.