Friday, April 3, 2015

AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION AT THE MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ART




Yesterday I had the pleasure to see the new photography exhibition at MIA, the Minneapolis Institute of Art.  This year is the 100th anniversary of MIA, and this exhibition celebrates with a showing of photographs from each of these 100 years.  MIA writes on their website www.artsmia.org:


100+: A Photograph For Every Year of the MIA

“100+” celebrates the MIA’s Birthday Year with photographs from every year since the museum’s founding. With more than 12,000 images in the collection of the Department of Photography and New Media, the hard part was choosing one from each year! Some years were easier than others: 1916 offered just five works, while 1993 had 333.


The resulting exhibition reveals something wonderfully idiosyncratic: freed from the narrative traditions of photographic history, yet tied to the collecting habits and tastes of MIA curators.

Ansel Adams

But what about the +? The MIA’s interest in photography reaches back to 1903, before this building—or the MIA itself—even existed. Known then as the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts, this precursor held its first photography exhibition in the Minneapolis Public Library at 1834 Emerson Avenue North. It would be another 70 years before the MIA established its Department of Photography, in 1972.

Elliott Erwitt

Sebasti√£o Salgado

 The exhibition runs from March 19 to October 18, 2015.

For more information see www.artsmis.org


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