Thursday, August 15, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
7:15 p.m. Introduction by Victor Bloomfield
Join artists from the exhibition for a 1970s themed event including light refreshments, exhibition-related participatory activities, and DJ Booka B’s set list of funk, jazz, and soul. 1970s attire optional, but encouraged!
In the early 1970s, Victor Bloomfield, professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics at the University of Minnesota, embarked on a project to document the Twin Cities art scene through photographs. He was inspired by Italian photographer Ugo Mulas, whose images of New York artists, New York, the New Art Scene, was published in the mid-1960s. Bloomfield’s pictures evidence a knack for compelling portraiture and off-the-cuff documentary photography. Artists such as Frank Gaard, Warren MacKenzie, and Nancy Randall are shown in the studio absorbed in their work or posing for the camera. Movers and shakers in the local art scene, such as museum directors Sam Sachs and Martin Friedman, or gallery owners like Suzanne Kohn, are also part of the series.
Check out Victor Bloomfield's blog with links to all this photography here: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/victor/hereandthere/. Additionally, you can order a high-quality photo book of the series of artist portraits by Victor Bloomfield that served as the basis of the MMAA Project Space exhibition, The Studio Sessions: Minnesota Artists in the 1970s, here: http://www.blurb.com/user/victorb.
This exhibition presents a selection of this important body of work alongside a work of art by each artist, including paintings, prints, sculpture, and ceramics. Some of the art works are from the period; others are more recent pieces that demonstrate the continuing legacy of these artists. In interviewing some of these artists, all agree that this moment crystallized the Minnesota art scene through their collective effort to bring greater visibility and recognition to Minnesota artists. Their labors have clearly paid off, as the Twin Cities art scene continues to thrive. Relive or discover this important moment in local history through The Studio Sessions. Related programming will feature some of the central figures in the photographs.
The exhibition features 34 photographs by Victor Bloomfield. 30 of these picture Minnesota artists, all of whom will have a representative work of art in the exhibition, for a total of 64 pieces. 9 of the artworks are drawn from MMAA’s collection. The rest are on loan from artists or collectors.