There’s a Place: Photographs by J. Shimon & J. Lindemann
April 11–June 7, 2015
Self-Portrait in the Garden at Dusk, Whitelaw, WI, 1998, Palladium Print, © J. Shimon & J. Lindemann.Angela 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.
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.
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Guided Exhibition Tours
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.