Archive for August 14, 2009

Tickets on sale now for Paul Graham lecture October 1st at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Photographer Paul Graham (British, born 1956) will be lecturing in Minneapolis at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

From the MIA events webpage:  

“This is the first lecture of a new photography initiative New Pictures Program.  This lecture is also the first Arnold Newman  Lecture for Photography.  Newman (1918-2006) is acknowledged as one of the great masters of the 20th and 21th century and his work has has changed portraiture.  Paul Graham is an artist photographer whose work operates in the territory traditionally reserved for documentary photography but uses and abuses the classic genres of photography to map a cultural and social topography.

The tickets are available for purchase now for only $5 (members free).

See this early post on Paul’s work here.

From the MIA event webpage:

Arnold Newman Lecture on Photography

Thursday, October 1, 2009
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The new annual Arnold Newman lecture series on photography features leading contemporary photographers discussing issues in the medium today. The series debut is by Paul Graham, one of the first photographers of his generation to bring together the rich historical tradition of social documentary photography with contemporary approaches to color and experimental image-making. His photographs explore the stuff of life and history, taking on subjects such as the Northern Ireland conflict, postwar Japanese culture, and class inequities in Western Europe and the United States.

Graham has produced 12 publications, including two major survey monographs. He received the 2009 Borse Photography Prize for a shimmer of possibility, which captures the struggles and poetry of daily life in America. Photographs from the book were featured in a solo exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art.

Admission: $5; free for MIA members. To reserve tickets, call (612) 870-6323 or reserve tickets online ».

For more details click here.

About Arnold Newman:

“The Arnold Newman Archive is dedicated to the legacy and work of famed photographer Arnold Newman.  A join effort between the Newman Family, Commerce Graphics and Howard Greenberg Gallery, the archive will work to preserve and share Arnold Newman’s vast body of work and achievements.”

In September 2006, The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin announced the acquisition of Arnold Newman’s archive.  To read the press release, click here

in 2007, ASMP presented the first annual Arnold Newman Prize to Chris Buck.   This annual Prize  “recognizes the work of a contemporary environmental portrait photographer whose imagery is grounded in the traditions and values that Newman pioneered.”  Jonathan Torgovnik received the Prize in 2008, and this year’s winner is Jeff Reidel.  This prize is selected from among the top scoring portrait submissions in PDN’s Photography Annual Competition.  

About the Department of Photographs at MIA:

Begun in 1973, the MIA’s collection of photographs spans the history of the medium as fine art, from the 1860s to the present. Representing more than 800 photographers and 8,500 works of art, the collection consists primarily of 20th-century American work, but increasing emphasis on photographs from all countries is providing new scope and dimension.

The Department of Photographs has developed and continues to thrive because of the active and generous support of loyal donors. The earliest acquisitions were funded by Kate Butler and Hall James Peterson. Their initiative inspired others, including Harry Drake, Martin Weinstein, and Fred and Ellen Wells. More recently, the creation of the Alfred and Ingrid Lenz Harrison Fund, along with the establishment of the Harrison Photography Galleries, has given the department enormous momentum. These superb new galleries are devoted to the presentation of our permanent collection.

Over the years, the Department of Photographs has been committed to using the collection for educational purposes, and the MIA now serves as a major resource for the five-state area. Numerous exhibitions drawn from the collection have traveled to other institutions, and high school and college students frequently visit our galleries and print study area.”

Click here to read an earlier post on this blog on the 2007 passing of Carroll T. “Ted” Hartwell, long-time curator of photography at MIA.

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