MVS to Minneapolis soon: “Tom Arndt’s Minnesota” opens February 20th at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

I’m heading home to Minneapolis soon to attend the opening of long-time friend Tom Arndt‘s exhibition:

Tom Arndt’s Minnesota Saturday, February 21, 2009—Sunday, June 21, 2009

At the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Harrison Photography Gallery 365

The opening reception on Friday, February 20th from 6-8 p.m. is open to the public.  This long-awaited exhibition and accompanying publication comprise the last project organized by MIA’s late curator Ted Hartwell.

From the event website: “Tom Arndt (born 1944) has persistently chronicled everyday life in Minnesota since the early 1970s. His straightforward and insightful black-and-white images reflect the state geographically, emotionally, and spiritually.  He covered the vice-presidential campaign of Walter Mondale in 1984, has photographed the State Fair for years, and is most at home with ordinary Minnesotans on the street and in their homes. Arndt is Minnesota’s leading documentary photographer of the last 35 years. The exhibition includes 75 photographs from the MIA’s permanent collection and from the artist. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.”

This new title is published by University of Minnesota Press; Foreward by Garrison Keillor, Introduction by George Slade.

His previous publication Men in America was published in 1994 by the National Museum of American Art and is now out-of-print.

A quote from the D.A.P. Catalogue:

“In his original, relentless search for the deeper truth about who men are, Tom Arndt captures American men from all walks of life with an eye for every expression and gesture.”

And a reminder of the exhibition currently at the  Wallker Art Center in Minneapolis from through April 19, 2009 :


“Artists’ books have always held an important place in the Walker’s collection, yet they are rarely exhibited in the gallery. David Platzker, book dealer/scholar and former director of Printed Matter, Inc., moderates a discussion on the current state of artist’s book production. Panelists include artist Buzz Spector and Harriet Bart, Sally Alatalo of Sara Ranchouse Publishing, and James Hoff of Primary Information. “

I have a few consultation appointments remaining that weekend, meeting with photographers in Minnetonka just west of Minneapolis on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd; contact katrina@mvswanson.com to schedule.
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