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Morris Exhibits Framing the Field

Posted by Jenna Ray on Thursday, Sep. 4, 2014

Event Date/Time: Thursday, Sep. 4, 2014 6:00 pm
Location: Humanities Fine Arts

Framing the Field: Photographic Terrain in the Collection of the Minnesota Museum of American Art
August 20–October 20, 2014

Opening Reception:

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 6–9 p.m.
Public lecture by curator George Slade, 6 p.m., Humanities Fine Arts 6
All events are free and open to the public.

Framing the Field: Photographic Terrain in the Collection of the Minnesota Museum of American Art (MMAA) is an inspiring exhibition from the MMAA’s collection of more than 1,000 images. It presents photographic works by American artists since 1970 that reflect a period of increasingly lively attitudes about photography’s expressive and formal qualities. The 38 works in the show demonstrate a broad range of interpretations of the medium by contemporary American practitioners.

Framing the Field embraces all types of photographic media and, as a result, the photographs selected for this exhibition include examples from a variety of periods, media, styles, and subjects. From the earliest of these images, Elaine Mayes’ Pegasus, 1972 (a black & white gelatin silver print), to the latest, Brian Lesteberg’s Matt, Fargo, North Dakota, 2008 (an archival color inkjet print), there is much to be seen within the wide-ranging landscape of this show.

“The challenge of photography is to respond to the exhibited pieces with both mind and heart,” says curator George Slade. “Consider your own reactions as you look at the work, as you encounter and reframe your own notions of this creative topography.”

Though this exhibition features many Minnesota subjects, it presents remarkable images from throughout the Midwest and, more broadly, images made by artists from all over the United States. It includes panoramic landscape photographs by Chris Faust and Stuart Klipper as well as an excellent selection of photographs from the 1990 portfolio American Roads, including works by Elaine Mayes and Joel Sternfeld.

Framing the Field includes work by the following photographers: Tom Arndt, John Barnier, Jayne Hinds Bidaut, Susan Boecher, Jim Brandenburg, Wade Britzius, James Crnkovich, Randall Croce, Michael Crouser, Peter de Lory, Gloria DeFilipps Brush, Chris Faust, Steven Fitch, Lynn Geesaman, Audrey Glassman, Frank Gohlke, Deb Grossfield, Gary Hallman, Mike Hazard, Wing Young Huie, Nancy G. Johnson, Daniel Kazimierski, Stuart Klipper, Brian Lesteberg, Jerry Mathiason, Elaine Mayes, Gary Metz, David Miller, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, George Clement Peer, Paul Shambroom, Joel Sternfield, Carol E. Stoops, Angela Strassheim, and Cheryl Wash-Bellville.

Framing the Field: Photographic Terrain in the Collection of the Minnesota Museum of American Art is sponsored by the Minnesota Museum of American Art and the University of Minnesota, Morris, with additional support from Thomas Reiter and Sharon Miyamoto.

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About the Minnesota Museum of American Art:
The Minnesota Museum of American Art strives to make the visual arts more accessible to members of our community through exhibitions, programs, educational initiatives, and collaborative ventures. Based in St. Paul, MMAA focuses on American art from the 19th century to the present, with special emphasis on the work of Minnesota artists and artists who create in the field of fine craft. With its recently opened Project Space in the Pioneer Endicott Building on the edge of St. Paul’s burgeoning Lowertown neighborhood, the museum has a platform for producing innovative and engaging programs that connect the museum with the community. Its traveling shows focus on introducing Minnesota artists to the state, region, and country at large. With roots in the 19th century, MMAA brings history and the present together in a celebration of the visual arts that shape our lives.

Edward J. & Helen Jane Morrison Gallery
University of Minnesota, Morris
600 East 4th Street, Morris, MN 56267
320.589.6285 |

Gallery Hours:
Monday–Thursday: 9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday: 1–4 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Photo: Joel Sternfeld (b. 1944)
Exhausted Renegade Elephant, Woodland, Washington, July 1979, from the series Sightseer, 1982
From the American Roads portfolio
14 5/8 x 18 5/8 inches
Ektachrome print
Acquisition Fund Purchase