Camp scene from 1915 at Lake Vermillion, in the mist. Because there is a difference between the history we know and the stories we keep, the experience of this book is magical. —PETER GEYE, from the Foreword to Border Country: The Northwoods Canoe Journals of Howard Greene, 1906–1916. *** Over the course of ten years, … More Before Sigurd Olson, and before Calvin Rutstrum, there was Howard Greene.
BY MARK NEUZILProfessor of communication and journalism, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN “Everyone believes in something. I believe I will go canoeing” is a comment attributed to Henry David Thoreau, who could make a claim as America’s most famous canoeist. Regardless of whether he wrote it or not, I have understood what the … More "I have spent a life in canoes."
This image created by the Hubble Space Telescopeis often referred to as the “Pillars of Creation.” It hasbeen a common subject for painters such as Thomas Moran. BY ELIZABETH A. KESSLERStanford University On April 24, 1990, NASA launched the Hubble Space Telescope into its orbit above Earth. During its 25 years in space, astronomers have … More 25 years of Hubble images from space: strange, alien, phenomenal—and yet somehow, familiar.
Children sit together on a tree limb in an uncredited Seventh-Day Adventist image. From Louis B. Reynolds and Charles L. Paddock, Little Journeys into Storyland: Stories That Will Live and Lift (Nashville: Southern Publishing Association, 1947). BY KATHARINE CAPSHAWAssociate professor of English at the University of Connecticut 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Voting … More The effect of Civil Rights photobooks in transforming the social consciousness of young people
When the Edison phonograph was first made in the 1890s, people used it torecord their own voices. It later became one of the first commercially producedmachines when it was used to play music. It worked by vibrating the stylus up and downwhile moving across the wax cylinder (Hill & Dale method).Image credit: Museum of Technology. … More Where do cultures go when they die? The story of Codfish, the Indian, and the phonograph.
Pictures of animals are now ubiquitous, but the ability to capture animals on film was a significant challenge in the early era of photography. In Developing Animals, Matthew Brower takes us back to the time when Americans started taking pictures of the animal kingdom, at the beginning of the twentieth century, the moment when photography … More On photography and how it’s changed our perception of animals.
Today we present a Q&A with curator Wendy Grossman, compiler of Man Ray, African Art, and the Modernist Lens, an illustrated volume that uncovers a virtually unknown chapter in the inventive activities of Man Ray and raises thought-provoking questions about the role photographs played in shaping perceptions of African art. The publication accompanies the traveling … More Q&A with curator Wendy Grossman: On the popularity of Man Ray, his unique approach to African art, and his lasting influence on modernist art.
George Kouvaros, author of Famous Faces Yet Not Themselves: The Misfits and Icons of Postwar America, is associate professor of film in the School of English, Media, and Performing Arts at the University of New South Wales. A short while ago, I (Maggie Sattler, direct marketing coordinator at the Press) asked him to write for … More George Kouvaros: On The Misfits and seeking a sense of home
The University of Minnesota Press has collaborated with International Arts & Artists to distribute Wendy A. Grossman’s Man Ray, African Art, and the Modernist Lens, which features more than 70 photographs by the American artist and uncovers a virtually unknown chapter in his inventive activities. An exhibit at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, is … More Man Ray, African Art, and the Modernist Lens
Art historian, curator and associate professor at the University of Texas-Austin Roberto Tejada, author of Celia Alvarez Muñoz and National Camera: Photography and Mexico’s Image Environment, discusses Muñoz and her work as a conceptual and multimedia artist in this Hammer lecture video. Chon Noriega, editor of University of Minnesota Press’s A Ver Series and author … More Roberto Tejada and Chon Noriega on Celia Alvarez Muñoz