From Clouds to Dust: Photos of Migrant Labor by Matt Black
September 15 – October 22, 2016
Mr. Black lecture on Thursday October 6th @ 4:00 PM
Reception: 5:30-7:00 PM.
(co-sponsored by the Dorothy Stang Center).
Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, noon – 4 p.m. Admission is free.
For the past twenty years Matt Black’s work has explored the connections between migration, poverty, agriculture, and the environment in his native rural California and in southern Mexico. The Wiegand exhibition combines his documentary projects “The People of the Clouds” and “The Kingdom of Dust,” and features his work on agriculture in California’s Central Valley and the migrant’s home villages in Mexico.
Matt Black’s work has been featured in The New Yorker Magazine. He is a contributor to the @everydayusa photographers’ collective and has produced video pieces for msnbc.com. He has taught photography with the Foundry Photojournalism Workshops, the Eddie Adams Workshop, Leica Fotografie International, and the Los Angeles Center of Photography. Anastasia Photo gallery in New York represents his prints. He received the W. Eugene Smith Award in Humanistic Photography in 2015. His work has also been honored by the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation, the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Pictures of the Year International, World Press Photo, the Alexia Foundation, The Center for Cultural Innovation, and others. Time Magazine named him Instagram Photographer of the Year in 2015 for his The Geography of Poverty project. He lives in Exeter, a small town in California’s Central Valley.
The Wiegand Gallery’s mission is to focus attention on the contributions and accomplishments of outstanding artists who are under-recognized and whose body of work calls for greater recognition. The Gallery also curates exhibitions that reveal unusual or rarely seen work of renowned artists to show the public a different side of their creative endeavors. In addition, our program introduces internationally known artists who live outside of California to the Bay Area. The Wiegand Gallery is actively involved in producing exhibitions that broaden our understanding of social, political, and multicultural questions as part of Notre Dame de Namur University’s commitment to social justice. The Gallery produces catalogues to enhance the educational aspects of the exhibition program with essays by important critics, theorist, poets and writers.
The Wiegand Gallery is part of the Madison Art Center, a magnificent stone building that was originally built as carriage house on the site of the country estate of 19th century financier William Chapman Ralston. Built in 1874, the carriage house walls are four feet thick and made of native stone quarried in the area. The upper story, where the Gallery and small theater are located, was harness room, grain section and hay loft. This exhibit space, with its porthole windows and skylights, is an unusually warm, inviting environment in which to experience art. It was named for the E.L. Wiegand Foundation, which provided funding towards the renovation. The Gallery is operated on a non-profit basis and is dependent on grants and donations.
Robert Poplack, Director
Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.