Surreal photos displayed at BYU

The surreal, poetic images of photographer Rodney Smith visit BYU's Museum of Art July 28, 2005-Jan. 16, 2006 — evidence of the museum's commitment to bring a variety of media and talents to the Provo, Utah, campus.

"Adam's Dream: The Photographs of Rodney Smith" includes 69 black and white gelatin silver prints drawn from all phases of Mr. Smith's rich career.

The exhibition's title is drawn from a passage from an 1817 letter by the poet John Keats. "The imagination may be compared to Adam's dream. He awoke and found it truth."

Mr. Smith's photographs seek after the insight that dreams provide into the experience of reality, according to the museum.

"A camera's eye can see the world with more acuity or resolve than your own eye," the photographer said. "It can penetrate deeper, it can see sharper, it can give you an insight, a depth that your own eye can't have."

Mr. Smith added his work is not drawn to the fashionable, "but rather what endures, and is graceful, stylish and beautiful."

A graduate of Yale University's Masters of Divinity in Theology, Mr. Smith enlists traditional photographic printing methods that were once the norm for the masters of bygone generations.

"Adam's Dream" joins a diverse collection of exhibits on display this summer, including the popular "Thoroughly Modern: The 'New Women' Art Students of Robert Henri," a display of works by women artists that includes LDS artist Minerva Teichert.

The BYU Museum of Art is located on North Campus Drive. Museum hours are Monday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Sundays.