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Opening Soon: New Pictures 7 Stan Douglas Then and Now

Posted Sep 25, 2012

For New Pictures at the MIA, Stan Douglas presents six large-scale photographs examining the historical past and present.  Three of Douglas’s prints addressing moments of historic social change will be installed in the Perlman Gallery (368) for the “Then” section.  While the “Now” section will present three recent photographs of accumulated objects juxtaposed with artworks in the MIA’s permanent collection.

 

Stan Douglas
McLeod’s Books, Vancouver, 2006
Laserchrome print
Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner Gallery

 

New Pictures 7:  Stan Douglas, Then and Now will be on view from October 11, 2012 – February 10, 2013.  The Newman Lecture on Contemporary Photography will take place the night of the opening, October 11, 2012, 7-8 p.m., Pillsbury Auditorium.

 

Support for Newman Lecture is provided by the Arnold Newman Foundation.  Generous support for New Pictures is provided by the W. Duncan and Nivin MacMillan Foundation

Save the Date, October 11th: Stan Douglas Opening & Lecture

Posted Aug 27, 2012

We are pleased to announce that New Pictures 7 and the Newman Lecture on Contemporary Photography will feature Stan Douglas, winner of this year’s International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award.  The Vancouver native works in film, still photography and installation.  His artwork has been exhibited internationally, including in three Venice Biennials and three DOCUMENTAs. Douglas’s photographs examine how images and memory shape our interpretation of history.  To create his photographs, Douglas often assumes the role of a photojournalist who travels back in time to reinterpret key events in social and political history, such as the 1975 revolution in Angola and social riots in Canada during the 1930s and 70s.  After conducting intensive research, he restages these events using actors, costumes, props, and sets. The final pictures are meticulously composed down to the slightest gestures and period styles.

At the MIA, Douglas will present six large-scale photographs examining the historical past and present.  Three of Douglas’s prints addressing moments of historic social change will be installed in the Perlman Gallery (368) for the “Then” section.  While the “Now” section will present three recent photographs of accumulated objects juxtaposed with artworks in the MIA’s permanent collection. 

New Pictures 7:  Stan Douglas, Then and Now will be on view from October 11, 2012 – February 10, 2013.   The Newman Lecture on Contemporary Photography will take place the night of the opening, October 11, 2012, 7-8 p.m., Pillsbury Auditorium.  Please save the date for a big night of activity!  Support for Newman Lecture is provided by the Arnold Newman Foundation.

New Pictures 6: Martin Parr closes soon, but some of his pics won’t leave the MIA…

Posted Jul 17, 2012

Do you remember when it was cooler than 90 degrees every day?  Peer back beyond the humid haze.  Only mere months ago, it did happen–the camera doesn’t lie–and British photographer Martin Parr’s pictures are our evidence.  Summer weekends fill up fast and only a few remain for a viewing of his cold-weather photosNew Pictures 6:  Martin Parr, featuring winter photographs Parr shot in the Twin Cities as an MIA-commissioned project, closes in under three weeks.

If you haven’t stopped by the 2nd floor Linda & Lawrence Perlman Gallery (262) recently, Parr’s January pics of Minneapolis winter sports will be on display through Sunday, August 5th.  After that, the images will take a break in storage for a while, however, the MIA Photography & New Media department are proud to announce the acquisition of six Martin Parr photographs into our collection.

Come in and enjoy the free-flowing air-conditioning while you enjoy the display of twelve of Parr’s visual observations of our local winter activities.

 

Jen Dolen, Photography & New Media intern

Jason Fulford’s mushrooms sprout on Aperture Magazine cover

Posted May 22, 2012

The Photography & New Media department and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts wishes congratulations to New Pictures 5 artist Jason Fulford for his recognition in Aperture’s summer issue.  A non-profit dedicated to promoting the development and appreciation of photography, Aperture was founded in 1952 by Ansel Adams, Minor White, Dorothea Lange and Barbara Morgan, and it continues to advance great work in imagery.

 

Jason’s Mushroom Project is featured on the cover of the upcoming Issue 207, along with a six-page spread of photographs from his New Pictures installation, shots of his mushrooms in multiple galleries throughout the MIA, and an interview with the artist, “Jason Fulford:  Mushroom Collector.”

 

 

If you missed Jason’s exhibition at the MIA, watch a synopsis here.  The issue also includes New Pictures 6 artist Martin Parr on location in Atlanta, in Up and Down Peachtree.

 

Martin Parr on making pictures in Minnesota & winter sports

Posted May 1, 2012

Martin Parr relished the challenge of shooting “something half decent” over his three day visit to the Twin Cities in January, where “people are addicted to this cold weather” for outdoor winter activities.  In regards to making pictures in America, Parr noted, “virtually no one objects to being photographed. [...] No wonder there’s so much good American photography.”

View Parr at work, describing his experience of photographing Minnesota winter sports on the artsmia YouTube page.

 

New Pictures 6: Martin Parr, on view Friday April 20th – Sunday, August 5, 2012
Linda and Lawrence Perlman Gallery (262)
Free Exhibition

New Pictures 6: Martin Parr opening soon

Posted Apr 13, 2012

Visit the MIA next Thursday night, April 19th, for the opening of New Pictures 6: Martin Parr.

 

Here’s a taste of Parr’s new work:

Martin Parr. USA. Minnesota. Minneapolis. Winter Games. Ice Fishing. 2012.

 

 

New Pictures 6: Martin Parr

Posted Mar 26, 2012

Alec Soth, who wrote an article last month on Martin Parr’s recent sojourn to Minnesota, also wrote a piece in late 2011 speculating on photographers’ peak creative years.  Martin came across the blog and responded, in part:

“You need that raw energy and excitement that feeds into new and exciting work, associated with the 20s and early 30s. Very few achieve even that , let alone sustain this into their long careers. I once said in an interview that I thought my best work was probably behind me, and this now is quoted back to me everytime I do another interview. [...] OK we keep going , trying to be fresh, but we know too much, are too comfortable, even if you fight laziness by working hard. It doesn’t mean you cannot make a useful contribution later on, but it ain’t going to have the edge that the early work , so often delivers.”

Martin also said there are exceptions.

New Pictures 6: Martin Parr opens in a few weeks.  If you missed it, here’s a taste of the new work Parr made in Minnesota over a long January weekend, as reviewed by Curt Brown of the Star Tribune:  Frozen Face of Minnesota.

 

 

New Pictures 6: Martin Parr runs April 19th-August 5th

BreakThru Radio explores The Sports Show

Posted Mar 20, 2012

Thomas Seely, of weekly online radio show Art Uncovered, takes a deeper look into The Sports Show, asking why  sports and the visual arts often fail to coincide in academic discussion.   Featured are pieces such as those by Eadweard Muybridge, Alexander Rodchenko and Kota Ezawa.  With the help of curator David Little, audio overlays from Paul Pfeiffer’s The Saints and a Muhammad Ali interview as well as musical interludes, Seely’s program reveals thoughtful angles on the exhibition.

 

 

Check your chains and  pump up those tiresSports Show Tickets are available (free for members) through May 13th.

Alec Soth on Martin Parr

Posted Feb 27, 2012

Renowned photographer and blogging legend Alec Soth writes on Martin Parr’s presence in the photographic world and Parr’s recent visit to Minnesota.  Soth calls British photographer and his friend the “Jay-Z of documentary photography.”  Read more and see the layout as well on the link below.

 

Minneapolis. Winter Games. 2012.  Martin Parr.
USA. Minnesota. Minneapolis. Winter Games. 2012.  by Martin Parr

 

View more of Parr’s images of our winter existence, and a Star Tribune article by Curt Brown.

 

At the request of the MIA, Martin Parr spent a long January weekend in Minnesota documenting our outdoor winter games. View his work at New Pictures 6: Martin Parr, opening April 20, 2012.

Martin Parr on Inspiration

Posted Jan 31, 2012

Photographer Martin Parr, whose pictures will be on view in New Pictures 6, visited MN for four days to take pictures of winter sports.   His comments on inspiration offer some insights into his approach to such a project.

“We live in a difficult but inspiring world, and there is so much out there that I want to record. However you cannot photograph everything, so I have to select subjects that throw light on the relationship I have with the world. This is often expressed as an ambiguity or a contradiction. Look at tourism, for example. We have an idea of what a famous site will look like as we’ve seen the photos – but when you get there, the reality is usually different. This rub between mythology and reality is the inspiration – and the contradiction.

Inspiration can also come when a good connection is made with the subject. The nature and quality of this connection can vary enormously. It may range from getting into a small community and winning the trust of the subjects over a number of visits; but it could also come from walking in the mountains and feeling a certain affinity with the landscape.

The knack is to find your own inspiration, and take it on a journey to create work that is personal and revealing.”