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CVA Talk Rescheduled For March 27th

Posted Feb 21, 2011

David E. Little’s lecture, which was scheduled for Feb. 20th, has been rescheduled to Sunday, March 27th. Click here for more information on the talk.

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, March 27th 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.

Date Sunday, March 27th, 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: 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: Vivian Maier

Posted Jan 24, 2011

If you are in the Chicago-land area, make a note to check out the Chicago Cultural Center’s current exhibition, Finding Vivian Maier: Chicago Street Photography.

Born in France, Vivian Maier immigrated to the United States post World War II. She moved to Chicago, where she worked as a nanny from the 1950′s through the 1990′s.  Today her photographs are being rediscovered thanks to the work of John Maloof and Jeffery Goldblum. John Maloof has been piecing together Maier’s life and work on the site Vivian Maier – Her Work Discovered. Look for an upcoming book on Maier’s work from PowerHouse in the fall of 2011.

The exhibition at the Chicago Culture Center runs through April 3rd. The exhibition is free.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Shout Out: Ishimoto Yasuhiro

Posted Aug 12, 2010

Katsura: Picturing Modernism in Japanese Architecture, Photographs by Ishimoto Yasuhiro.

Photograph by Ishimoto Yasuhiro

If you happen to be in Houston, check out this beautiful show at the Museum of Fine Arts organized by Yasu Nakamori of photographs by Ishimoto Yasuhiro, many of which are from an editorial collaboration with Tange Kenzo, who designed an expansion of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in 1974. The exhibition is on view through September 12, 2010 at the Audrey Jones Beck Building. If you don’t make it to Houston, the Yale University Press catalogue is a great addition to your library.

Shout Out: Carrie Thompson

Posted Jul 8, 2010

We’re starting a new section called Shout Out to occasionally let you know about events in the area we think you should know about.

Tonight: Carrie Thompson opening reception for “I hope we go together” at the XY and Z Gallery. 6-9PM.

If you cannot make it tonight, be sure to check out the exhibition during regular hours (Monday 11AM- 7PM, Friday & Saturday 1PM- 9PM, and Sunday 12PM-5PM) until August 2nd. 3258 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406.