Posted Feb 28, 2011
“Embarrassment of Riches” opened at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art last Friday night, February 25th. This is an expanded version of the exhibition with twenty-six new works added, included new works by Andy Freeberg, Lee Friedlander, and Yvonne Venegas.
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.
Posted Dec 16, 2010
Take a break from the holiday shopping and see Embarrassment of Riches: Picturing Global Wealth before it ends January 2nd!
Posted Nov 1, 2010
Check out the slideshow of “Embarrassment of Riches: Picturing Global Wealth” by Paul Laster on flavorwire.com! Click here for the article.
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.
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.
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?
Posted Sep 16, 2010
A Lunch at the Belvedere, 2004
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.
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