Monday, January 17, 2011

Exhibition overview: Traces at PAAM

It's always wonderful when photographers are not only great artists, but great people too. I was delighted to show Dan Ranalli's work in the 2004 PRC exhibition, Concerning the Spiritual in Photography. Since I am also a huge fan of his other series, I was excited when Dan asked me to curate a solo show of his work for the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.

For this exhibition, I wanted to focus on Dan's wonderful environmental work and, in particular, feature work that was created on the Cape. The gallery itself became a site-specific offering (and for two pieces, Dan wrote the accompanying text directly on the walls). The result was Traces: Daniel Ranalli, Cape Work 1987-2007 (October 15, 2010 - January 16, 2011). All told, the exhibition took about a year to plan and also included the organizing and writing of a catalog to accompany the show. The experience was great and the exhibition was very well received. The show received excellent press: Cate McQuaid penned a super review for the Boston Globe and Dan was interviewed for BU Today as well as Art New England.

The opening weekend couldn't have been more perfect.
Dan and Tabitha (also an amazing person and artist) graciously let us stay with them at their beautiful place in Wellfleet. The opening was well attended and I met many fascinating people. At an afterparty, the good conversations continued and we were able to celebrate Liz Unterman's birthday as well. The next day, we went for a hike and explored a gorgeous beach in the clear, bright October sun. The Cape is delightful in the fall!

Above and below are installation shots of the gallery. Overall, I am thrilled with the quiet, meditative space we created and how it all turned out!

Click on the above image, then click again, for a closer view

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