Gallery Talk at the Hillstrom Museum of Art by photographer Stuart Klipper, Monday, November 27, 2017, 4:00 p.m.

November 27, 2017 at 45 p.m.Calendar Icon

TimeNovember 27, 2017 at 45 p.m.

Photographer Stuart Klipper will present a gallery talk in the Hillstrom Museum of Art's exhibition Stuart Klipper: The World in a Few States on Monday, November 27, 2017, starting at 4:00 p.m. Klipper's talk, which is free and open to the public, is presented in conjunction with a visit to campus that also includes the artist meeting with students.

Please see below for more information about the exhibitions on view at the Museum through February 2, 2018.

The Hillstrom Museum of Art presents Stuart Klipper: The World in a Few States, and Jerome Myers: The Ash Can Artist of the Lower East Side, on view through February 2, 2018.

Both exhibits are accompanied by a fully-illustrated brochure produced by the Museum, available there free of charge.

As with all programs of the Hillstrom Museum of Art, the exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Stuart Klipper: The World in a Few States features panoramic photos of each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, by prominent photographer Stuart Klipper. The artist was born in the Bronx in 1941. In addition to living in New York City, he also lived in Stockholm, Sweden in the 1960s before moving in 1970 to Minneapolis, where he still resides.

Klipper has traveled all around the globe to photograph, including both the North Pole and the South Pole. Other major forays have taken him across the Aboriginal outback of Northern Australia, the Biblical deserts of Israel and Sinai, the tropical rain forests of Costa Rica, the far reaches of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego in Chile and Argentina, and across the expanse of Swedish and Norwegian Lapland.

The artist has been the recipient of numerous major grants and fellowships, including two each from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Bush Foundation (St. Paul, Minnesota), and three each from the McKnight Foundation (Minneapolis, Minnesota), the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the National Endowment of the Arts. He has also been the recipient of the U.S. Navy's Antarctic Service Medal. His photographs have been exhibited in and collected by major museums both nationally and internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Art Institute of Chicago, the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), and Moderna Museet (Stockholm, Sweden).

For nearly 30 years Klipper has been making photographs across the United States, distilling and crystallizing the defining characteristics of American regions. This ever-expanding photographic treasure trove, which now numbers upwards of 30,000 images, is the basis for The World in a Few States, which was organized by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography (FEP), Minneapolis, and the Hillstrom Museum of Art.

Painter and printmaker Jerome Myers (1867-1940) was perhaps the most important artist of his generation to explore New York City in depth, and was one of the first to embrace the colorful world of the immigrant communities of the Lower East Side as a principal subject matter. The artist, critically acclaimed in his own day but later neglected due to changing fashions, is reconsidered in this focused exhibit. It aims to place Myers firmly within the circle of Ash Can artists of the early 20th century, and features works borrowed from collections in New York and Minnesota, the latter including the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota, along with works owned by the Hillstrom Museum of Art.

The first work to enter the Hillstrom Museum of Art by Myers was an oil, gouache, and pastel Self Portrait of the artist from around 1930, given by Museum namesake Richard L. Hillstrom in 2004. Since that time, the Museum has added six more works by Myers and a work by his wife Ethel Myers (1881-1960), also an artist. Most of these were gifts from Barry Downes, grandson of the artist, and his wife Helene Taub. The two have sought to preserve and resuscitate Myers' reputation, which was maligned by art historical assessments that declared his vision to be merely sentimental instead of truthful exploration that did not prioritize the ugliness that sometimes was present in tenement life and showed beauty when it was found.

PostedApr 17, 2019