On view 10 September - 11 October 2021 in the Main and East Galleries
The Rourke is pleased to welcome photographer Wayne Gudmundson for his first exhibit at the museum from 10 September to 11 October 2021. The exhibit features two series of his work: White Earth Window and What Place is This.
White Earth Window is a series documenting sites from the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota, selected in consultation with Ojibwe elders and scholars, that examines the Ojibwe experience from pre-reservation folkways and stories through the White Earth Settlement Act in the mid-1980s.
What Place is This is a series of silver gelatin prints documenting the contemporary locations of infamous and historic battles, atrocities, and murders amongst and within the groups (Spanish, American, native peoples, and Mexican) who have inhabited the area surrounding Tucson, Arizona and was completed in collaboration with historian and professor emeritus at Minnesota State University Moorhead Dieter Berninger, whose text accompanies the photographs.
This activity is funded in part by a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council through a Minnesota State Legislative appropriation.
Wayne Gudmundson was born in Fargo, North Dakota in 1949; he was introduced to the vast landscape of that state from the backseat of his parents’ 1954 Chevy. He met his wife, Jane, while they were both teaching in Copenhagen, Denmark. They married on 4 July 1975 in England.
Gudmundson worked for a year at the then newly-formed Plains Art Museum situated in what is now The Rourke Art Museum in Moorhead, Minnesota. Then, as a National Endowment for the Arts Artist in Residence, he was one of the original staff members at the new Creative Art Studio in Fargo where he worked for the next ten years.
Now Professor Emeritus from Minnesota State University Moorhead, he taught photography for twenty-five years in the department of Mass Communications. He also was the director of New Rivers Press, the oldest non-profit literary press in the country.
Gudmundson’s work has appeared in eleven books, numerous exhibits, and several public television documentaries. His photography is represented by the Joseph Bellow’s Gallery in La Jolla, California.
Gudumundson's photograph, "West of Ice Cracking," is now available as the 2021 Gift Art for museum members. Visit the Membership Page for more information!