There’s a Place: Photographs by J. Shimon & J. Lindemann April 11–June 7, 2015
    Image for There’s a Place: Photographs by J. Shimon & J. LindemannSelf-Portrait in the Garden at Dusk, Whitelaw, WI, 1998, Palladium Print, © J. Shimon & J. Lindemann.Image for There’s a Place: Photographs by J. Shimon & J. LindemannAngela with Kit (Blue Velvet Prom Dress), Reedsville, WI, 1997, Archival Inkjet Print, © J. Shimon & J. Lindemann.

    John Shimon and Julie Lindemann are American artists who work together as the collaborative duo J. Shimon & J. Lindemann. They embrace their Wisconsin origins and are best known for their photographs about human existence in the Midwest. Their photographs are introspective—they could not be taken by an outsider. While Shimon and Lindemann are fully versed in contemporary photography and social media, their knowledge of photographic history and antiquarian techniques gives their pictures a distinct aesthetic. This gets to the very heart of their work: even though they use a medium with inherent possibilities for mass production, they favor the individual—and sometimes unique—photographic print. There’s a Place is their first museum retrospective and the largest exhibition of their work to date.

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    Opening Party
    Saturday, April 11 | 2:00–5:00
    Celebrate three decades of J. Shimon & J. Lindemann’s groundbreaking photography. There’s a Place opens concurrently with two other exhibitions—a collection of works from The Pitch Project and a showcase of student produced digital artwork made by participants of MOWA’s first-ever Phoneography program, a collaboration between the museum, Milwaukee’s Bay View High School and West Bend’s Badger Middle School. Enjoy live music played by Lawrence University’s own Conservatory of Music students. Light refreshments will be available.

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    Exhibition Presentation
    Thursday, May 7 | 6:30
    Debra Brehmer, owner of the Portrait Society Gallery in Milwaukee that represents Shimon and Lindemann, and Rachele Krivichi, a former student of the artists, will jointly talk about their personal experiences of working with and befriending the artists.

    Guided Exhibition Tours
    Thursday, April 23 | 5:45
    Thursday, May 7 | 5:45

    Members at the Three + and Friends of Wisconsin Art levels are invited to enjoy a guided tour of There’s a Place. Arrive early! Walk-ins welcome on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    Enjoy the Book
    In conjunction with the exhibition, MOWA is publishing a 120-page color catalogue with a variety of photographs from Shimon and Lindemann’s thirty-year career. The book is available as a FREE Download or may be purchased in hardcover version at the MOWA Shop.