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The Reviews Keep Coming In!

Posted Feb 3, 2011

This past November, “Embarrassment of Riches” was featured in ELLE Germany‘s “HIP” Section, which focuses on cultural highlights, trends and events. The MIA’s exhibition was the only non-European exhibition included in the November issue! To see article click here: 2010 November ELLE

“Exhibition: Is everything too much?

Mikhail Gorbachev sits in a limousine next to a bag with a Louis Vuitton logo. In the background you can see the Berlin Wall: socialism meets capitalism. After he saw this Louis Vuitton advertisement, curator David E. Little was inspired to organize an exhibition about abundance. “Embarrassment of Riches” at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (until January 2) exhibits how the likes of Cindy Sherman and Martin Parr artistically represent the opulence of the last decade – from haute couture fitting rooms to a provocative image of the World Economic Forum as the Last Supper. Incidentally, the exhibit was planned before the financial crisis of 2009.” – English translation provided by Aga Sablinska

Embarrassment of Riches: Picturing Global Wealth is now on view through May 29th, 2011 at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS.

Two Weeks Left of Embarrassment of Riches!

Posted Dec 16, 2010

Take a break from the holiday shopping and see Embarrassment of Riches: Picturing Global Wealth before it ends January 2nd!

Embarrassment of Riches Installation Photos

Posted Oct 11, 2010

Check out the installation photos from Embarrassment of Riches!

On view through January 2, 2011 in the Harrison Photography Gallery, third floor.

Exhibition Opening & Gallery Talk Tonight!

Posted Sep 30, 2010

Tonight is the exhibition opening and gallery talk for New Pictures 3: James Welling, Glass House. The exhibition opening will be from 6-9 PM in the Perlman Gallery. David E. Little, curator and head of the Department of Photography and New Media, will give the gallery talk at 6:30 PM. The opening and gallery talk are free.

New Pictures 3: James Welling, Glass House, runs through March 6th, 2011. The  exhibition is free.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Newman Lecture on Contemporary Photography with James Welling will be on October 14th from 6-7 PM. Cost is $15; $10 for members; free for Contemporary and Photography & New Media Affinity Group Members. To reserve call the Members’ Hotline at (612) 870-6323.

Gorbachev Photograph Arrives Just in Time

Posted Sep 20, 2010

The exhibition, Embarrassment of Riches: Picturing Global Wealth, 2000-2010, opened last Thursday with a huge crowd in attendance.  But one picture nearly didn’t make it for the opening.  Annie Leibovitz’s photograph of Mikhail Gorbachev as a front man for luxury bags was M.I.A. to the MIA.  It was sitting among many other packages on a runway in Milwaukee, WI, roughly 337 miles away.  Ms. Leibovitz made a special print for the exhibition at the last minute and all was on schedule for a Wednesday arrival.  Our framer was poised to create a matte, and frame the photograph for the show.  Installation had set aside time to put up the work.  But there was one unanticipated problem, engine trouble.  Who knew that Fed Ex planes had mechanical problems?  Well, one plane did last Tuesday.  Fortunately, the photograph arrived at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, five hours before the opening.  It was too late to frame, so we put it in a vitrine for the exhibition opening.  Watch for a framed Gorbachev to appear in the galleries later this week.

Below  is the wall label with more information on the Gorbachev photograph.

Annie Leibovitz

American, born 1949

Mikhail Gorbachev, Berlin, 2007 (printed for exhibition, 2010)

Archival pigment print

Courtesy Annie Leibovitz studio

This commercial advertisement for Louis Vuitton luxury handbags features Mikhail Gorbachev, the seventh and last General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.  Gorbachev, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 for his role in ending the Cold War, sits in a limousine with a Louis Vuitton bag and a digitized image of the Berlin Wall looming in the background (the Berlin Wall came down eighteen years earlier in 1989).  The image marks a cataclysmic shift in culture and politics, and inspired the exhibition, “Embarrassment of Riches: Picturing Global Wealth, 2000-2010.”  Nearly twenty five years after former U.S. President Ronald Reagan declared the Soviet Union,“the evil empire,” few could have anticipated that its Cold War leader would one day agree to be a front man hawking luxury bags. During the Cold War, the advertisement would have been viewed as outrageous capitalist propaganda.  What image would we have if the Soviet Union “won” the Cold War, a picture of Ronald Reagan in peasant garb surrounded by factory workers with a hammer and cycle in the background?

What does wealth look like?

Posted Sep 17, 2010

Read a great review of “Embarrassment of Riches” from the Star Tribune.

Opening tonight! Embarrassment of Riches: Picturing Global Wealth, 2000-2010

Posted Sep 16, 2010

Luc Delahaye

A Lunch at the Belvedere, 2004
Digital C-print
Courtesy Luc Delahaye / Galerie Nathalie Obadia

Are you ready? The day has come. Tonight, Thursday, September 16, 2010, 6-9 p.m. is the opening for the newest photography exhibition, Embarrassment of Riches. There will be a Gallery Talk with David E. Little, curator and head of the MIA’s Department of Photography and New Media at 6:30 p.m. The exhibition is free and will be in the Harrison Photography Gallery on the third floor. It will run through January 2, 2011. See the recent e-flux posting for additional information. Be sure to check out other Third Thursday festivities as well.


W Magazine Recommends MIA’s Embarrassment of Riches exhibition

Posted Sep 7, 2010

Check out this article on Embarrassment of Riches, Picturing Global Wealth, 2000-2010 in W magazine.  Also, see the Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine column on the show in the September issue.  Hope to see you at the opening next Thursday, September 16, 6-9 p.m.

Image: Martin Parr, Cartier International Polo Challenge, Dubai, 2008

Embarrassment of Riches: Picturing Global Wealth, 2000-2010

Posted Aug 24, 2010

Alec Soth
Fondation Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent, Moujik IV, Paris, 2007
Pigmented ink print
Weinstein Gallery
Image courtesy of the Weinstein Gallery

Please join us for a new photography exhibition, Embarrassment of Riches,  presenting more than twenty color photographs and two videos by contemporary artists who explore the subject of wealth in the past ten years. Following a decade of unprecedented historical fluctuations and flows of wealth on a global scale, this exhibition examines the transformative effects of prosperity from the U.S., to China, to the world. Selected artists include: Luc Delahaye, Jacqueline Hassink, Christian Jankowski, Sze Tsung Leong, Martin Parr, Robert Polidori, Alex Prager, Cindy Sherman, Alec Soth, and Eve Sussman.

Save the date! Exhibition opening on Thursday, September 16, 2010, 6-9 p.m. There will be a Gallery Talk with David E. Little, curator and head of the MIA’s Department of Photography and New Media at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 16. The exhibition is free and will be in the Harrison Photography Gallery on the third floor. It will run through January 2, 2011.

Robert Bergman: Portraits, 1986-1995

Posted Jun 29, 2010

Robert Bergman: Portraits, 1986-1995 opened on June 18 in the Harrison Photography Gallery at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Read and Listen: The Complex Portraits of Photographer Robert Bergman by Euan Kerr, Minnesota Public Radio

Robert Bergman American, b. 1944 Untitled, 1990 Inkjet print, printed 2004 Anonymous Gift. © Robert Bergman Robert Bergman American, b. 1944 Untitled, 1989 Inkjet print, printed 2004 Anonymous Gift. © Robert Bergman

Robert Bergman: Portraits, 1986-1995

In 1985, Robert Bergman began to work in color, using both the saturated and muted hues of the city and his subjects’ attire to achieve a rich, painterly idiom. He spent the next twelve years making a series of monumental portraits of Americans, with no special lighting or equipment, only a finely tuned sense of form and his ability to establish a rapport with his subjects. By focusing on their penetrating gazes, downcast eyes, or distant stares, he depicts individuals, not types, revealing their strength and delicacy, as the distinguished art historian Meyer Schapiro noted. Placing their faces at the front of the frame, Bergman leaves little room for background distractions while clearing a path toward the recognition of his subjects’ psychological complexities, as well as their remarkable range of emotions. Viewed together, the photographs form a provocative series that speaks not only of the physical presence of these individuals but also their psychic states. This exhibition of thirty works is the first major presentation of these portraits.

The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington. It runs through Sunday, August 22, 2010, in the Harrison Photography Gallery at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Images: Robert Bergman, American, b. 1944, Untitled, 1990, Inkjet print, printed 2004, Anonymous Gift. © Robert Bergman

Robert Bergman, American, b. 1944, Untitled, 1989, Inkjet print, printed 2004, Anonymous Gift. © Robert Bergman