Minneapois Institute of Arts
New Pictures at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

NP7 – Stan Douglas

New Pictures 7: Stan Douglas, Then and Now
Thursday, October 11, 2012—Sunday, February 10, 2013. Gallery 368. Free Exhibition

Stan Douglas,Canadian, born 1960
McLeod’s Books, Vancouver, 2006
Laserchrome print
Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner Gallery

Stan Douglas, Ballantyne Pier, 18 June 1935

Stan Douglas, Canadian, born 1960
Ballantyne Pier, 18 June 1935, 2008
Digital C-print mounted on Dibond aluminum
Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner Gallery

Vancouver native Stan Douglas is a photographer, filmmaker, and installation artist whose works have been exhibited internationally, including in three Venice Biennale and three dOCUMENTAs. Douglas’s photographs examine how images and memory shape interpretations of history. To create them, 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 of the 1930s and 1970s. After conducting intensive research, he restages these events using actors, costumes, props, and sets. These 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 prints addressing moments of social conflict will be installed in the Perlman Gallery (368) for the “Then” section; three recent photographs of accumulated objects juxtaposed with artworks in the MIA’s permanent collection represent the “Now” section.

Douglas was awarded the prestigious Infinity Award for Art by the International Center for Photography in 2012.

The Arnold Newman Lecture Series is made possible thanks to a generous gift from the Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation.