Meet photographer and architect Júlio de Matos who will travel from Portugal to join us for the evening. Enjoy light refreshments, Portuguese wine selections from Wine Authorities, and a gallery talk presented by the artist at 7:30. Admission is FREE.
Júlio de Matos conveys the ephemeral nature of urban neighborhoods with his project Fading Hutongs. Dating from the 14th century, hutongs are formed by joining together multiple courtyard residences. These traditional Beijing neighborhoods and the communities housed within them are disappearing in the shadows of newly erected high-rises. Between 2005 and 2008, de Matos elegantly photographed Beijing's rapidly changing urban fabric. Thirty of these subtly colored photographs of culture shaped by architecture are available at Through This Lens gallery.
Júlio de Matos was born in Braga, Portugal in 1951. He trained in industrial design at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and in 1976 completed the Higher Education Architecture Course at the Porto School of Fine Arts. With a Fullbright Scholarship, he earned an MFA in Photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1981. His photographs are in the collections of museums in Portugal, the US and China.