Stan Douglas: Then and Now inaugurates the MIA's fourth
season of its "New Pictures" series. Opening October 11, the two-part
exhibition presents six of Douglas's large-scale photographs examining both
past and present. Three prints that restage historical moments of social
conflict are on display in the Linda and Lawrence Perlman Gallery (368) for
the "Then" section; three recent "straight" photos of accumulated objects
and an artist studio are juxtaposed with artworks in the MIA's permanent
collection in the "Now" section.
"Then" works include
Ballantyne Pier, 18 June 1935 (2008), and Abbott &
Cordova, 7 August 1971 (2008), which create scenes from social riots
that occurred in Canada during the 1930s and 1970s; and Exodus, 1975
(2012), depicting the exodus of Portuguese immigrants during the Angola
revolution in 1975. "Now" features photographs of actual scenes, installed
next to objects in the galleries. McLeod's Books, Vancouver, 2006
hangs in the Modernist gallery to serve as a counterpoint to the idealized
goals of modernist furniture, while Old Curio Shop (2010) and
Artist's Cabin (2010) are displayed near the museum's period
Since the late 1980s, Douglas has
created films, photographs, and installations that reexamine particular
locations or past events. His works often take their points of departure in
local settings that imply broader issues. Making use of new as well as
outdated technologies, Douglas appropriates existing Hollywood genres and
borrows from classic literary works to recreate historical scenes.
Douglas received the prestigious Infinity Award for
Art by the International Center for Photography in 2012. His works have
been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions worldwide, including in three
Venice Biennales and three dOCUMENTAs.
Douglas discusses his
work at the 4th Annual Arnold Newman Lecture on Thursday, October 11, at
7pm in the museum's Pillsbury Auditorium.
Generous support for
the "New Pictures" series is provided by the W. Duncan and Nivin Macmillan
Foundation. The Arnold Newman Lecture Series is made possible thanks to a
generous gift from the Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation.
About the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Institute of Arts (MIA), home to one of the finest encyclopedic art
collections in the country, houses more than 80,000 works of art
representing 5,000 years of world history. Highlights of the permanent
collection include European masterworks by Rembrandt, Poussin, and van
Gogh; modern and contemporary painting and sculpture by Picasso, Matisse,
Mondrian, Stella, and Close; as well as internationally significant
collections of prints and drawings, decorative arts, Modernist design,
photographs, textiles, and Asian, African, and Native American art. General
admission is always free.
Some special exhibitions have a
nominal admission fee. Museum hours: Sunday, 11–5pm; Tuesday,
Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10–5pm; Thursday, 10–9pm;
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