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Must-See Photography Exhibits In Minneapolis

August 8, 2011 7:23 AM

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From major retrospective showcases to intimate exhibits featuring amateur photographers from around the country, there are a variety of great photography events and exhibits in Minneapolis. Check out our roundup, take your DSLR (or your humble disposable), and see these works for some creative inspiration.

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Early Morning After Dark: Dusk’s Last to Dawn’s First Light

Through August 13
Mpls Photo Center
2400 North Second Street
Minneapolis, MN
612-643-3511
Hours: Daily – 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.
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Selected by a jury from a recent international call for entry, the 125 images in Early Morning After Dark (on view through August 13 at the Mpls Photo Center), are inspired by the hours of the day where light is absent. Chosen images, which were captured by photographers from around the world, are dramatic and moving and present everything from desolate parking lots and picturesque motels. Peter Howe, former photo editor of the New York Times magazine and director of photography for Life magazine served as exhibit juror.

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Facing the Lens: Portraits of Photographers

Through August 28
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN
888-642-2787
Hours: Tues-Wed 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thurs 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday Closed
Free
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Many photographers are notoriously known to be camera shy, which makes their portraits even more compelling to viewers. In this exhibition, drawn primarily from the MIA’s permanent collection, subjects include Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, William Eggleston, Walker Evans, Lee Friedlander, André Kertész, Robert Mapplethorpe, Eadweard Muybridge, Cindy Sherman, Edward Steichen, and Edward Weston. A highlight is a small collection of unglamorous “anti” portraits, comprised of passport photos and driver’s licenses, lent by local photographers such as Stuart Klipper and Joann Verburg.

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New Pictures 4: Angela Strassheim, Evidence

Through October 9
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN
888-642-2787
Hours: Tues-Wed 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thurs 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday Closed
Free
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Part of the MIA’s New Pictures series, which features experimental photography and new media art by artists from around the world, Angela Strassheim’s new show Evidence, features photographs that bring together her forensic photography training with her long-standing investigation of the dark undercurrents of American domestic life.

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Nan Goldin’s The Ballad of Sexual Dependency

Through October 16
Medtronic Gallery
Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Avenue
612-375-7600
$10 adults; $8 seniors (65+); $6 students (with ID)
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Photographer Nan Goldin captures intimate images of friends and lovers over two decades and collects them (presented in its original 35mm slideshow format) into a visually stunning series, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency. “There is a popular notion that the photographer is by nature a voyeur, the last one invited to the party,” Goldin has said. “But I’m not crashing, this is my party. This is my family, my history.” The title of the work is taken from a song in Bertolt Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera; its soundtrack features New York bands like The Velvet Underground.

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