JoAnn Verberg will be speaking at the San Francisco Art Institute this Friday evening, sponsored by PhotoAlliance.
About JoAnn Verburg:
JoAnn Verburg received a BA in sociology from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MFA in Photography from the
Rochester Institute of Technology.
From 1977 to 1979, Verburg served as project manager for the Rephotographic Survey Project, traveling throughout the American West to replicate the same wilderness views made by 19th-century frontier photographers William Henry Jackson and Timothy O’Sullivan. While heading Polaroid’s
Visiting Artist Program in the early 1980s—a program she created—Verburg promoted technical innovation in the field by inviting such artists as Chuck Close, Andy Warhol, Jim Dine, Michael Bishop and Linda Connor to experiment with new 20 x 24 and 40 x 80 cameras.
Distinguished by its extraordinary sensitivity to the energy and sensuality of the natural world, Verburg’s work combines soft lighting, varied focus, and thoughtful composition to convey the beauty of its subject and setting. Often exhibited as large-format diptychs and triptychs, her evocative images of olive groves near her home in Spoleto, Italy, envelop the viewer in a serene and dreamlike atmosphere. For over 20 years Verburg has returned to the area with her husband, poet Jim Moore, capturing the fields and trees of the Italian countryside.
Her photographs of Moore relaxing in this idyllic environment have been compared to Alfred Stieglitz’s
portraits of Georgia O’Keefe and Harry Callahan’s pictures of his wife Eleanor. In addition to landscape, still
life, and portrait photography, Verburg has also worked on various installations and public art projects in
Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Verburg has exhibited her work extensively. The solo show “Present on the Road to Bazzano” was held at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in 2001. She is currently the subject of a mid-career exhibition and catalog, “Present Tense: Photographs by JoAnn Verburg” organized by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 2007 which traveled to The Walker Art Center in 2008. (NOTE: you can hear an audio tour of the exhibition at that link as well.) Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York; G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle; the International Center of Photography, New York; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the George Eastman House, Rochester, N.Y; Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Teharan, Iran; and other museums and galleries.
Click here to listen to an interview JoAnn, MoMA Curator Susan Kismaric and photographer William Allard produced by Minnesota Public Radio.