Present/On the Road to Bazzano

From Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program

Artist: JoAnn Verburg
March 9 – May 6, 2001
Minnesota Artist Gallery

This exhibition featured two bodies of large-scale works by critically acclaimed photographer JoAnn Verburg, whose strong reputation in the arts makes her one of America's leading contemporary photographers.

Verburg's exhibition was the culmination of a four-year project in Italy-photographing the olive orchards and sacred trees of Spoleto, revealing her profound interest in the reciprocity between humans and nature. The artist has made annual visits to Spoleto since 1984 and recently purchased a home there with her husband, poet Jim Moore.

The design of the exhibition and its accompanying materials spoke to the mystery of sacred landscape and the complex dynamic of living cycles, agriculture and commerce. Its arrangement reflected sensitivity to architecture, the scale of the viewer, and the relationship between implied and actual time-issues more often linked to installation art, architecture, or theater, than to conventional photography. Verburg acknowledged the olive tree as a powerful metaphor for exchange, a living form essential to Italian culture. She made a gift of these works in her presentation of living cultural icons that do much to stimulate our own wonder and questions about indigenous relationships with place and what we consider sacred in nature.

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  • Opening Reception: Thursday, March 8, 2001 in the Minnesota Artists Gallery.
  • Artist talk and reading: Thursday, March 22, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. in the Minnesota Artists Gallery.
  • Reading by Jim Moore: from his new manuscript, Stillness, Thursday, April 26, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. in the Minnesota Artists Gallery.

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