February 2013


"I can linger in this place, I can enter it or view it whole. I can reach in and feel the amassed, aging hay. I can hear the grasses, swishing from wind and my boots, yet to be transformed into hay. I can almost smell the cool cedars, see the fibrous bark that, shaved and scraped into cottony wads, makes for excellent fire starter." 

-- George Slade, curator


Minnesota Museum of American Art is fortunate to have a remarkable collection and connections with remarkable people who help bring it to light. For the past several months we have been working with local photography curator and historian George Slade to organize an exhibition of photographs from the MMAA's permanent collection.


Framing the Field: Photographic Terrain in the collection of the Minnesota Museum of American Art is Slade's curatorial vision of a slice of MMAA's collection of approximately 1,500 photographs. He weaves together fields of landscape, fields of experience, and fields of vision that celebrate the photographic eye and the talented artists who bring it to life. Showing at the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University from February 4 through May 28, 2013, this exhibition will delight and inspire you in new and fresh ways.


Join us for the opening on Saturday, February 9 from 6-8 p.m. and enjoy the company of many of the artists and others who revel in the photographic experience. For more on Slade's poetic evocation on one photograph in the exhibition, click here to access his blog, re:photographica: interactions with and interpretations of contemporary photography.


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Image: Jerry Mathiason (b. 1947), Hay Bale/Cedars, 1984, gelatin silver print, 14 x 14 inches. Collection Minnesota Museum of American Art, Gift of Jerry Mathiason, 1989.

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