Midwest exhibitions not to be missed! Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Rapid City

Hitting the road?  These solo exhibitions feature work by Rebecca Norris Webb, Tom Arndt and Martin Parr; listed in order of closing dates for these and companion shows.  Enjoy the ride!

ENDS AUGUST 5th: Milwaukee, featuring Minneapolis’ own TOM ARNDT at the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University   “NYC July 4, 1981 Photographs by Tom Arndt”

From the exhibition website:

“On the night of July 4, 1981, photographer Tom Arndt came upon what he referred to as a “wall of sound” as he entered New York City’s Little Italy and Chinatown. He saw garbage cans doused in gasoline, set aflame, and exploding with fireworks as people ran through the rain-soaked streets. The series of photographs Arndt took capture the intensity of the night’s celebration of Independence Day, while simultaneously emitting a strange disconnect from the specifics of time and place. The photographs have an uneasy resemblance to contemporary images of urban warfare and ask the viewer to reconcile the duality of celebrating freedom versus fighting for freedom.”   57 images are featured on the website.


ENDS AUGUST 5th: NP6 – MARTIN PARR at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, part of the “NEW PICTURES” exhibition series.   From the exhibition website:

“As part of our “New Pictures” series devoted to innovation in contemporary photography, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts invited British photographer Martin Parr to cross the pond and shoot photos covering the wealth of winter activities in Minnesota, from pond hockey to ice fishing.

The results of his endeavor are on view in his exhibition, “New Pictures 6: Martin Parr,” opening April 20 in the Linda and Lawrence Perlman Gallery (262).

See a video “Frozen Face of Minnesota” featuring Martin Parr here:  “Renowned British photographer Martin Parr spent a January weekend documenting our relationship with something that we slip, skate, ski and fish on, but seldom think about seriously: Minnesota ice.”


Ends SEPTEMBER 1: “The Sports Show” Companion exhibition co-curated by TOM ARNDT

“This exhibition features sports as part of everyday life in Minnesota from the late 19th century to the present day.  It features a wide range of images of people, places, and games that capture the spirit of Minnesota’s history.”  Co-curated by photographer TOM ARNDT.

PARTICIPATE IN THE EXHIBITION:  Upload your favorite sports pictures to “The Sports Show: Sports Memories” Flickr group

ENDS OCTOBER 13:  The Dahl Art Center in Rapid City, South Dakota hosts “My Dakota” by Rebecca Norris Webb, featuring the work showcased in her recent (and very moving) book of the same name (Radius Books, 2012).      From the exhibition website:

“Does loss have its own geography? Norris Webb set out to photograph her home state, a place she loved in all its complexity. That spring everything changed with the unexpected death of her brother. One of the few things that eased this artist’s heart was the many landscapes of South Dakota.

For the past decade, Rebecca Norris Webb has been exploring the complicated relationship between people and the natural world.  In her series, MY DAKOTA, this relationship is ever present despite the fact that there are little to no people in her photographs.  Additionally, this series deals with loss, giving it a quiet, contemplative quality.  According to Webb,

“My Dakota started out as a photographic exploration of South Dakota, the sparsely populated state where I grew up, and a place – to quote the Nebraskan photographer Wright Morris – where the Great Plains “…. grew up in you.” A year later my brother died unexpectedly and My Dakota also became a photographic elegy for him. For me, My Dakota is about being broken by grief and, simultaneously, opened by grief. Ultimately, My Dakota is about the mysterious relationship between loss and landscape, the restless wanderings of grief, and the solace of badlands and wide open spaces.”

Originally a poet, Webb has shown her photographic work internationally, including at the George Eastman House Museum and Ricco Maresca Gallery, New York. Her first book, The Glass Between Us, was published in 2006, and her second book, Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba (with Alex Webb), was published in 2009. Her photographs are in the collections of the George Eastman House Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. An exhibition of the Violet Isle work (with Alex Webb) was shown at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from May 2011 to January 2012. My Dakota is Rebecca’s third book, which will be exhibited at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City, South Dakota, Summer and Fall 2012, and then travel to the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks.”


Finding Your Vision with Alex Webb + Rebecca Norris Webb
Public Slide Talk
 | Friday, October 5 | 7 – 9pm
sponsored by the SD Festival of Books and SD Humanities Council

Photography Workshop | Oct 5, 6 & 7
Photography workshop with Rebecca in October. Click HERE for more info.

Companion exhibition ends AUGUST 8th:  “The Rapid City Flood: Remembrance + Renewal” As part of the citywide commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the flood of 1972, the Rapid City Arts Council coordinated a collaborative exhibit project with the Dakota Artists Guild.

This project is designed to give voice to our community of visual artists in the way they communicate best.


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