• Laura Gilpin: Castillo from the Warriors (Chichen Itza, Yucatan), 1932; gelatin silver print; BAMPFA, gift of Jan Leonard and Jerrold A. Peil.

Five Tables of Shadows

Five Tables is a monthly event coinciding with First Free Thursdays organized by the BAMPFA staff, and periodically by the Student Committee. Using unique themes to draw artworks from the BAMPFA collection, Five Tables allows visitors to get an up-close look at an extraordinary range of works on paper. Drop by the Florence Helzel Works on Paper Study Center for a curated behind-the-scenes experience.

Mezzotint fans unite! This month’s shadow theme is an unabashed chance to pull out a dozen of these labor-intensive engravings, with their dramatic gradations of tone and velvety blacks. The works on display include Richard Earlom’s brilliant versions of The Forge (after Joseph Wright of Derby) and Banditti (after Claude Lorrain) and equally lush eighteenth-century aristocratic portraits and landscapes; and atmospheric photographs of the Yucatan views and ancient Greek monuments at night.