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Shout Out: Cory Prahl at the Weinstein Gallery

Posted Jun 30, 2011
Installation view courtesy of the Weinstein Gallery.

Make sure to catch Cory Prahl’s Suburban Vistas, on view at the Weinstein Gallery, before it closes on July 9th. For more information on the exhibition see below:


Weinstein Gallery is pleased to present the first major presentation of photography by Cory Prahl.



May 19 – July 9, 2011

Weinstein Gallery is pleased to present the Suburban Vistas, the first major body of work by photographer Cory Prahl.The large format photographs (measuring 60 x 75 inches) that comprise Suburban Vistas are an investigation of the suburban landscape.  Although much criticism has been directed at this aspect of American culture since the 1940s and 50s, these photographs ask the viewer to question the assumption they might have inherited and to reevaluate the cultural possibility of this new and yet unfolding American landscape.

Beginning with photographs of suburban environments, Prahl erases the homes, which are then replaced with a broad expanse of sky.  The removal of the homes from the photographs does more than allow the viewer to see these landscapes as symbolic gardens; it reestablishes the horizon line, which becomes a metaphor for the limitless opportunities that exist beyond imposed human boundaries.   Intensively laborious, each image is the result of 6 to 9 months of artistic effort.

Prahl graduated with an MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2009.   He has been included in numerous group exhibitions since 2006, including at the College of Visual Arts Gallery, St. Paul and currently teaches photography at Forrest Park Community College in Missouri.


For further information, please contact Leslie Hammons, Director, at 612 822 1722 or weingall@aol.com. Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, from 12:00 – 5:00 pm and by appointment.

Katherine M. Turczan won Guggenheim award

Posted May 2, 2011

Congratulations to Katherine M. Turczan, MCAD Professor and friend of the MIA, for winning a John Simon Guggenheim award in the Creative Arts. Click here to read the full story courtesy of the Star Tribune.

Shout Out: David E. Little Lecture at CVA

Posted Feb 17, 2011

David E. Little, curator and head of photography and new media at the MIA, will be presenting a lecture at the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, MN on Sunday, February 20th at 3 PM. This talk, titled “the Same Old, Same Old: Photography’s Short History,” will begin with photography’s short history within museums, and explore the categories that often shape the history of photography, such as landscape, portraiture, pictorial, straight, and street, among others. Using a wide range of examples, from Walker Evans to Cindy Sherman, the talk will touch on how photography’s history is changing and remains the same. For more information on the talk click here.

Date Sunday, February 20, 2011
Time 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Cost $10 per lecture
$30 for series of four
Location Summit Building
344 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102
Register online registration closed
Walk-up registrations welcome

Shout Out: Big Al’s Photo

Posted Feb 14, 2011

Alec Soth’s studio and the offices of Little Brown Mushroom have expanded to include Big Al’s Photo.  Big Al’s Photo offers scanning and printing services to photographers and studio artists throughout North America.

Shout Out: Elliott Erwitt at the Weinstein Gallery

Posted Jan 3, 2011

Elliott Erwitt is now on exhibit at the Weinstein Gallery through January 15th!  See the press release from the Weinstein Gallery below for more details.

Top: Elliott Erwitt. Grace Kelly, New York City, USA, 1955. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the Weinstein Gallery.
Bottom: Elliott Erwitt. Dogs Legs, New York City, USA, 1974. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the Weinstein Gallery.

Weinstein Gallery is pleased to present the first Upper Midwest Exhibition of the legendary Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt.


OCTOBER 29 – JANUARY 15, 2010

A photographer since 1948 and a senior and stalwart member of the prestigious Magnum Photo Agency since 1953, Elliott Erwitt is a keen observer of subjects ranging from major socio-political developments to young lovers in the midst of fledgling romance. Maintaining his pledge, “to capture things that are,” Erwitt’s photography stands as a monument to the humanist tradition taken up by Magnum and its founder, Henri Cartier-Bresson. Whether photographing Marilyn Monroe, a Chihuahua on a New York City street, Yale’s oldest living graduate or a group of debutantes in Arkansas, Erwitt manages to capture moments that are charming, witty and melancholic. Erwitt states, “Some people say my pictures are sad, some think they’re funny. Funny and sad, aren’t they really the same thing?”

Adam Gopnik of The New Yorker writing on Erwitt’s photographs has observed,

If we know an Erwitt scene instantly, and can tell him apart at once from his comrades, it is because, in plain English, it will seem so funny, and feels so detached-we laugh, and we are never asked to swoon too easily.  Though he belongs in some broad sense to the great school of unstaged, on-the-run, street photography that stretched across the work in the forties and fifties, and made New York and Paris their particular homes-and which will seem, I am confident, in the long eye of history as April-fresh and amazing, as wittily varied and richly vernacular and permanent as the work of those painters of the Quattrocento-his special contribution is his wit: not the decisive moment but the delighted moment is his signature: a moment when two things that seem to have no common ground are suddenly joined together for a single picture’s quiet explosion.

If there is a magic to photography, unique among it’s sister arts, it is this business of taking the immediate, right here, no-place-but-this and turning it instantly into the always there, symbolic, any place-you-love.  Essay writings makes an “I” into a “You”, or tries to, but the great photographers modestly make a “There/then” into a “Now-and for all time!” and does it absolutely at once, with a minimum of symbol or stagecraft or overt fussing.  What happens just happens-as dogs happen on a street, as waiters hover over tables, as life takes place in cities.”

Born on July 26, 1928, in Paris, France, Elliott Erwitt spent his childhood in Milan. His family returned to Paris in 1938 and immigrated to New York the following year. His interest in photography began as a teenager living in Hollywood, California. While a student at Hollywood High School, Erwitt began working in a commercial darkroom developing celebrity portraiture. In 1948, Erwitt moved to New York where he met Magnum photographers: Edward Steichen, Robert Capa and Roy Stryker. As a young member of this elite photographic milieu, Erwitt’s professional career blossomed.

Elliott Erwitt has participated in a variety of one-person exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world including: The Museum of Modern Art, New York;
The Smithsonian Institution; The Art Institute of Chicago; Zurich’s Kunsthaus; and Cologne’s Photokina. Elliott Erwitt has published over 20 books including Personal Exposure (Norton and Company, 1988), Snaps (Phaidon, 2001), Personal Best (TeNeus, 2006) and his most recent, Elliott Erwitt’s Paris (TeNeus, 2010). In tandem with multiple terms as President of the Magnum Photo Agency, Erwitt continues to be one of the leading photographers of his generation.

For further information, contact Leslie Hammons, Director, at 612-822-1722 or weingall@aol.com

Click here for further information regarding the Weinstein Gallery.

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, from 12:00 – 5:00 pm and by appointment.

Left: Elliott Erwitt. Valencia, Spain, 1952. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the Weinstein Gallery.
Right: Elliott Erwitt. Che Guervara, Havana, Cuba, 1964. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the Weinstein Gallery.

London: Frieze Art Fair

Posted Oct 21, 2010

Kelly, an intern with the department of photography and new media, is currently studying design in London. She will keep us updated with reviews, first hand reports, and gallery events. Keep an eye out for more of her posts from the other side of the Atlantic!

Greetings from London! I have strolled through Regent’s Park countless times and its beauty always amazes me. However, I have never been as “wowed” by Regent’s Park as when it was full with thousands of spectators, curators, art dealers, and artists at the eighth annual Frieze Art Fair. This international art fair brings together art connoisseurs and lovers from all over the world to view works of both established and upcoming artists.  It was a pleasure to be at the center of this.  Word on the street was that the event did not match up to past years, but as a first time visitor I was impressed by the scale and spectacle of it all. Rows upon rows of contemporary galleries were represented. Each showed their best work, hoping to gain attention for their artists and from art buyers. It was fascinating to observe the friendly dynamic between the gallery representatives and patrons. Though the art world is a serious and expensive business, I observed an excited energy, glow in all eyes, and a light, chatty atmosphere. I did not see a frown in the building (well, tent)! One piece that made me particularly happy was Sam Durant’s work, Let’s Behave Like Americans.  It was made up of a large horizontal mirror, spray-painted with the titled words. As people walked by, it was easy to identify fellow Americans. We all gave a little chuckle and knowing looks as if in a secret club. Additionally, I enjoyed two photographs by Yang Fudong’s from the series Ms. Huang at the M last night.  They are large prints that speak of a luxurious night out, focused on a beautiful Chinese woman surrounded by alcohol and men. The subject would suit the “Embarrassment of Riches” exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Overall, it was thrilling to see so much great art under one temporary roof. I highly suggest making it to the vibrant city of London and the Frieze Art Fair next year.

Shout Out: JoAnn Verburg

Posted Oct 15, 2010

JoAnn Verburg‘s photographs have been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney, and the International Center of Photography. On October 26th, 2010 from 6-9 p.m., the MPLS Photo Center will host a talk by the artist, “JoAnn Verburg: Photographs as Site Specific Sculptures.” The talk is free to all MPLS Photo Center members and $10 for guests or $5 for students. To RSVP email: Lectures@MplsPhotoCenter.com Click here for more information on the MPLS Photo Center.

Here at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Verburg’s work, Thanksgiving, 2001, is a part of Art ReMix: East/West in Gallery 206.

James Welling Lecture Next Thursday

Posted Oct 4, 2010

The Newman Lecture on Contemporary Photography with James Welling will take place next Thursday, October 14, 6-7 p.m. in the Pillsbury Auditorium. Focusing on twenty-five photographs from 1970 to 2010, Welling will chart his transition as an artist from video, sculpture, dance, and painting to photography. The event is $15; $10 MIA members; free for Contemporary and Photography & New Media Affinity Group members. To reserve, call the Members’ Hotline: (612) 870-6323.

Gallery Talk This Thursday on James Welling

Posted Sep 28, 2010

New Pictures 3: James Welling, Glass House, will officially open this Thursday from 6-9 p.m. Join us for a talk by David E. Little, curator and head of the Department of Photography and New Media, at 6:30 p.m. in the Perlman Gallery on the second floor of the Target Wing. The event is free.

Shout Out: Around Town

Posted Sep 23, 2010

After stopping by the MIA, check out a few local photography exhibitions.

Installation view of Portraits/100 Years: Robert Maplethorpe, Isabella Rossellini, 1988 and Alec Soth, Misty, 2005.

The Weinstein Gallery is currently showing Portraits/100 Years: August Sanders, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Alec Soth.  This exhibition is on view through October 1st. Click here for more information on the Weinstein Gallery.

MPLS Photo Center has two exhibits on display. Black, White & All Points in Between is a juried exhibition of 69 photographs by 69 photographers, Black, White & All Points in Between showcases the state of black and white photography today. The exhibition runs through October 25th.

Street Scene: Incidents in Real Life is a group exhibit by local photographers Mike Dvorak, Walter Horishnyk, Kirby Johnson & Orin Rutchick. The exhibit is on display through October 3rd. For more information on the MPLS Photo Center, including gallery times and location, check out their website.