February 7 – March 23, 2013
JOANN VERBURG Present Tense: Mid-career Survey
Gallery Artist Reception Thursday, March 7th, 6 to 8PM
Artist Lecture at the Henry Art Gallery on Friday, March 8 at 7PM
We are very pleased to have our 5th solo exhibit with JOANN VERBURG, with a selection of portraits from the 1990s, landscape work from Spoleto, Italy, and recent architectural and portrait work from Italy. A current resident of St. Paul, MN, JoAnn & her husband and poet James Moore, spend much of their time in residence in the Umbrian city of Spoleto, Italy, a location they have been visiting for over 25 years.
JoAnn Verburg’s photographs have been exhibited nationally in museums and galleries, and are in the collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum; Minneapolis Institute of Art; National Portrait Gallery; International Center of Photography; International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Weisman Art Museum; Wellesley College Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Walker Art Center; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA, among others. Verburg received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1986.
JoAnn Verburg began her career working on outreach programs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1972 – 1975) and established an interest in learning and teaching outside of academia that continues today. In 1976, she finished her studies in museum practices in fine art photography at the George Eastman House in Rochester New York.
Verburg was a founding member of The Rephotographic Survey Project in Colorado (later in Idaho). In that role, she researched the four great 19th century topographical surveys that ultimately reestablished the boundaries of the United States. In 1977 and 1978, with a team of photographers, she and her partner Mark Klett led expeditions to find the sites where William Henry Jackson and other 19th photographers had exposed their glass plate negatives; by locating their sites, finding camera positions, and rephotographing the same places as they appeared in 1977. Her work was published with Klett and their third partner, Ellen Manchester, as the seminal book, Second View: A Rephotographic Survey.
In 1980 she created the Visiting Artist Program for Polaroid Corporation, which has survived the corporation itself. She introduced most of the artists who first experimented with the camera, including William Wegman, Jim Dine, Linda Connor, Jan Groover, Andy Warhol, and Chuck Close.
In the late 1970s Verburg had also started her long love affair with 5×7 photography, first with black & white, then color, now color negatives that she scans with an old giant Howtek scanner. She has collaborated with dancers, visual artists, and writers on a number of projects over the years.
In 2007, the Museum of Modern Art in New York curated Present Tense: Photographs by JoAnn Verburg, a solo exhibition of her photographs and video with a catalog of the same title. The exhibit traveled to the Walker Art Center in 2008. Of this exhibition, Philip Gefter wrote in The New York Times, “Time doesn’t exactly stand still in JoAnn Verburg’s photographs….Instead, her portraits, still lifes and landscapes generate a state of prolonged experience.”
Her work is included in many other publications, including the current textbook, Photography, by Upton and London and Highlights Since 1980: MoMA. Her most recent publication, Interruptions, comes from Steidl.
JoAnn’s 2012 project As It Is is a book of photographs that is available as a free app for display on an iPad.