Peter Happel Christian
As part of his exhibition 'Ground Truth' Happel Christian has invited MIA staff to collaborate with him. He has asked to borrow their office plants, which he will then install in the MAEP galleries and care for during the show. Margaret Wall-Romana's work engages with the traditions of oil painting. She controls the physics of paint, but also lets go of that control to open up to the paint's own properties. 'Facing the Lens: Portraits of Photographers' features photographic portraits of a wide array of photographers, from the nineteenth century to the present. 'The Mourners: Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy' presents thirty-eight miniature mourners from the arcaded sarcophagus of Duc Jean sans Peur.
"Ground Truth: Peter Happel Christian" and "Painting Before and After Words: Margaret Wall-Romana"
Friday, January 21, 2011—Sunday, April 3, 2011
The scientific method is a process for documenting events, creating knowledge, and testing theories. Peter Happel Christian measures, collects information, and records data, creating sculptures and photographs that are positioned at the intersection of art, science, and history. He observes the technologies that mediate our everyday relationship with art and natural phenomena, including geography, cartography, and topographical surveys. As part of his MAEP exhibition, "Ground Truth," Happel Christian has invited MIA staff to collaborate with him. He has asked to borrow their office plants, which he will then install in the MAEP galleries and care for during the show.
Margaret Wall-Romana's work engages with the traditions of oil painting. She controls the physics of paint, but also lets go of that control to open up to the paint's own properties. The irresistible tensions on the surfaces of her large-scale paintings keep viewers looking. Wall-Romana structures her paintings using an elaborate atmospheric perspective balanced with non-illusionistic color. A sharp student of art history, she conflates the still-life delicacies of the Dutch Golden Age with Mannerist attitudes towards scale, Hudson River School atmospherics, and yolky Abstract Expressionist smears. Formally, she pushes the physical properties of paint to their limit, with her use of thin, translucent colors to create delicate surfaces, and chalky impasto for ripe forms and textures.
MAEP Opening Reception for Peter Happel Christian and Margaret Wall-Romana
Thursday, January 20, 2011
7 – 9 p.m.
Minnesota Artists Exhibition Gallery
Meet the artists, preview the exhibition, and enjoy Third Thursday.
Facing the Lens: Portraits of Photographers
Friday, January 21, 2011—Sunday, August 28, 2011
Harrison Photography Gallery 365
Many photographers are comfortable in front of their lenses, making self-portraiture either an aspect of their work or its mainstay. On the other hand, some are notoriously camera shy. This exhibition features photographic portraits of a wide array of photographers, from the nineteenth century to the present. Included are straightforward portraits, performances, masquerades, and surrogates. A small grouping of "anti-portraits" made up of passports, driver's licenses, and other identification documents, are lent by local photographers such as Stuart Klipper and Joann Verburg.
The exhibition comprises about 75 photographs, drawn primarily from the permanent collection. The subjects include well-known photographers Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, William Eggleston, Walker Evans, Lee Friedlander, André Kertész, Robert Mapplethorpe, Eadweard Muybridge, Cindy Sherman, Edward Steichen, and Edward Weston. Also included are the contemporary photographers Dag Alveng, Peter Beard, Vance Gellert, Arno Minkkinen, and Jan Saudek.
Participate in the Exhibition
Upload your self-portrait or photos of photographers to the MIA's Facing the Lens group on Flickr. Your photos will be featured in the gallery and also on the MIA's Web site. Please include your name,
title of photo, and the date the photo was taken.
The Mourners: Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy
Sunday, January 23, 2011—Sunday, April 17, 2011
This exhibition presents thirty-eight miniature mourners (approximately 14 inches high) from the arcaded sarcophagus of Duc Jean sans Peur. These mute monks express human grief more succinctly than any other late Gothic or early Renaissance sculptures. Carved by two sculptors, Jean de la Huerta and Antoine le Moiturier, they have, with several important exceptions, remained in Dijon since they were carved in the late 14th and early 15th centuries.
Organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon, under the auspices of FRAME (French Regional and American Museum Exchange). The exhibition is supported by a leadership gift from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Florence Gould Foundation, the Eugene McDermott Foundation, Connie Goodyear Baron, and Boucheron. Major corporate support is provided by Bank of the West—Member BNP Paribas Group. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
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Image: Andreas Feininger, American, 1906-1999, The Photojournalist, 1955
Gelatin silver print
Gift of Frederick B. Scheel 2007.35.91
Opening reception, Thursday January 20, 2011, 7-9 p.m.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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