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Current Exhibition:

Stephen Milanowksi
Portraits of Strangers: Design on the Fly

February 21 , 2014 - March 21, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, February 21, 2014
from 5 - 6 p.m. @ the De Pree Art Center

Artist Talk:
Friday, February 21, 2014@ 4:00
in Winants Auditorium in Graves Hall

About the Exhibition :

The exhibition is the third and final in this year’s inaugural “Breaking Artistic Barriers Series” focusing on disegno. “Disegno,” or “design” in its original, 16th-century definition, refers to the creative idea in the mind of the artist. The goal of the series is to explore the principle of disegno through a contemporary, 21st-century lens. Over the course of the academic year, the exhibitions and programming at The De Pree Gallery have been devoted to exploring how “design” in its broad, modern usage—that is, in denoting the graphic and industrial arts—can co-exist with the so-called “fine arts” and aid one another in the unique expression of self.

Milanowski works with a hand-held, large-format camera, 4x5 film holders and a separate, high-powered flash attached to his waist, and takes portraits of everyday people. He has said of his work, “I have the idea that everyday life is not very common after all—that there are new things to be discovered in the commonplace and in the everyman. So, I love to make these portraits amidst public events and public settings: parades, fairs, conventions, competitions of all sorts—really any large-scale gathering of Americans.”

His photographs are part of the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), The National Gallery of Art, The Houston Museum of Fine Arts, The High Museum of Art and The Polaroid Collection, among numerous other public collections. MoMA has purchased his work in CELEBRATIONS and ANIMALS; his work was also included in MoMA’s recent survey of late 20th-century photography in the newly reinstalled Edward Steichen galleries. He worked with Bob Tarte to produce the book “Duplicity,” a monograph of Milanowski’s portraits.



For more information, please contact the De Pree Gallery Office at (616) 395-7500. Regular Gallery hours for the Academic Year are Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday 1:00 until 5:00 p.m. The De Pree Art Center and Gallery is located at the corner of 12th Street and Columbia Avenue. Gallery hours may be reduced during breaks and holidays. The gallery is handicapped accessible.

Admission is free.