December 2005


Donald Woodman: Transitions in Photography

Dec 15th 2005 – January 22nd 2006

 

Donald Woodman graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1969 with a BS degree in architecture along with an extensive background in photography, having obtained work experience through the University's Co-Op Program. During his last year in architectural school and immediately after graduation, he worked as an architectural photographer and assistant to the renowned architectural photographer, Ezra Stoller, who was based outside of New York City. Mr. Woodman photographed the architectural works of such luminaries as Phillip Johnson, Paul Rudolph, I. M. Pei and buildings designed by Skidmore, Owens & Merrill, while also completing photographic assignments for many of the major home journals and architectural magazines.

From 1970 - 1972 Mr. Woodman developed his creative photography abilities working with the internationally recognized photographer, Minor White at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. He assisted Mr. White in teaching workshops and was director of the Creative Photography Lab's Gallery. During this period, he became knowledgeable about the history of photography while also developing hands-on knowledge of a wide range of historical and non-silver photo techniques, including photogravure.

In 1972, Mr. Woodman settled in New Mexico, working for five years at the Sacramento Peak Solar Observatory, doing sophisticated scientific photography and solar observations, including land-based and Sky-Lab photographic research. His responsibilities included managing the Observatories film processing laboratory and establishing and operating a facility to create solar observation films. This later endeavor stimulated his interest in film making and video work. Mr. Woodman pursued this work by enrolling in film courses at New Mexico State University , Las Cruces, NM. In addition he continued private creative studio work, creating a series of Southwest landscapes.

In 1980, Mr Woodman enrolled in the MFA program in photography at the University of Houston, Houston, TX, studying with George Krause. He continued his interest in film and video, working on several documentary film projects and doing live video with various performance artists. At the University of Houston, he taught photography and also helped to establish the University of Houston's Lawndale Annex, an alternative exhibition space for artists. From 1977 - 1983 he worked as painter Agnes Martin's personal assistant while continuing his own studio work.

 

DONALD WOODMAN PHOTOGRAPHER
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EXHIBITION AND PUBLICATION SUMMARY
Holocaust Project: From Darkness Into Light
A visual exploration of the meaning of the Holocaust for us today. A series of works created in collaboration with Judy Chicago consisting of stained glass, tapestry and thirteen, large scale tableaus, which combine painting and photography in a unique manner. The series took eight years and the traveling exhibit which premiered at the Spertus Museum in Chicago in 1993 has traveled extensively.

Spertus Museum, Chicago, IL, 1993
Rose Arts Museum, Brandeis University Waltham, MA, 1994
Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria, Austin, TX, 1994/95
Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH, 1995
Tampa Bay Holocaust Memorial Museum and Education Center, St. Petersburg, FL, 1996
Florida Holocaust Museum, St. Petersburg, FL, 1998
Lehigh University Art Gallery, Zoellner Art Center, Bethlehem, PA, 2000
Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando FL, 2002.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Photography in Transition, Solo Exhibition at New Mexico State University Art Gallery,
Las Cruces, NM, August 19 - October 8, 2005.

The Rodeo and the West, Solo Exhibition at Flanders Contemporary, Minneapolis, MN,
October 16 - December 4, 2004.

Fifteen Clouds and Rodeo and the West, Solo Exhibition at Paul Paletti Gallery, Louisville, KY, November 1, 2002 - January 2003.

Fifteen Clouds, Solo exhibition at Flanders Contemporary, Minneapolis, MN, May 31 - July 6, 2002.

Sources and Collaboration, a touring show curated and toured by the Austin Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria, exploring the creation and collaboration that went into the making of the Holocaust Project. Toured included: Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH, 1995; Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH, 1996.

Looking Back, Selections of three decades of work by Judy Chicago and twenty years of photography by Donald Woodman, Lyons Matrix Gallery, Austin, TX, 1994/95.

Holocaust Project; From Darkness Into Light, Joy Horwich Gallery, Chicago IL.; studies and photographs from the Holocaust Project, 1993.

Solo Exhibition; Lightworks of Santa Fe: Exhibition of photographs and manipulated photographs from the Holocaust Project, 1989.

Solo Exhibition; Installation/Environment at ROUL'S, experimental art space, Santa Fe, NM, 1983.

Masters of Fine Arts; Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Houston, TX, 1981.

Solo Exhibition; Janus Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, 1980.

Solo Exhibition; Hand Graphics, Santa Fe, NM, 1977.

Solo Exhibition; NCAR Gallery, Boulder, CO, 1976.

Solo Exhibition; The Motel Gallery, Albuquerque, NM, 1974.

Solo Exhibition; Prospect Street Gallery, Cambridge, MA, 1973.

Solo Exhibition; University of Cincinnati Fine Arts Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, 1968.

Selected Invitational Exhibitions

Waldseee - 1944, an exhibition in memory of the annihilation of Hungarian Jewry, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, NY. July 19 - August 19, 2005.

Common Ground: Discovering Community in 150 Years of Art, Selections from the Collection of Julia J. Norrell, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, October 2004 - January 2005.

Aging: A State of Mind, curated by Laura Kruger, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, NY, September 2003 - June 2004, exhibition toured.

Toni Price: Atomic Artist, Photograph in exhibition toured by TREX Museum of New Mexico, May 2003 - December 2004.

Naked Before God, Group Invitational Exhibition at The Museum of New Art, Parnu, Estonia, May 2003.

Jewish Artists: On the Edge, an invitational exhibition of Jewish artists whose work is both universal in outlook and informed by their life experience as Jews, College of Santa Fe Fine Arts Gallery and The Anne & John Marion Center for Photographic Arts, June 2000; Yeshiva University Museum, Center for Jewish History, New York, NY, August 2001 - April 2002.

Photographic Fin-De-Siecle Self Portrait Show - Part Two - Toward A New Millennium, a group show at Andrew Smith Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, December 2000 - February 2001.

University of Houston Graduate Students Past and Present, a juried exhibition at Lawndale Art Center as part of Houston Fotofest 2000, Houston, TX, March 2000.

People: A Group Invitational Photographic Exhibition, LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM, November 1998.

Lawndale Live! A Retrospective 1979 - 1990; Lawndale Art & Performance Center, Houston, TX, 1993.

15th Annual West Art & the Law a traveling invitational show; sponsored by West Publishing Company, St. Paul, Minnesota,1991.

Signs and Symbols; Houston Festival of the Arts, Houston, TX., 1981.

Albuquerque II; Invitational show at the Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM, 1978.

Celebrations; Group show organized by Minor White at M.I.T., Cambridge, MA, 1974.

Octave of Prayer; Group show organized by Minor White at M.I.T., Cambridge, MA, 1972.

Selected Group Exhibitions

Texas National, An exhibition juried by James Surls, The Art Center, Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, TX, April 9 - May 15, 2005

New Mexico 2000, a juried biannual exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM,
October 1999 - April 2000.

In the Documentary Tradition, a group show of works by Alex Webb, Danny Lyon, Dana Salvo, Donald Woodman at Etrherton Gallery, Tucson, AZ, January - March 1999.

Iglesias Antiguas group show; Scheinbaum & Russek Ltd. Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, 1992.

Contemporary Photoworks III; Albuquerque United Artist, Albuquerque, NM, 1986.

17th Dulin National Works on Paper; Dulin Gallery of Art, Knoxville, TN, 1986.

TIP 85 FRIBOURG, 4th International Triennial Exhibition of Photography, Fribourg, Switzerland, 1985.

Space X; Group show at The Armory for the Arts, Santa Fe, NM. Exhibited photographs and produced live video of opening, 1984.

Selected Photographs; The Print Club, Philadelphia, PA, 1982.

Six State Exhibition; ASA Gallery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 1982.

Instant Image Show; Santa Fe Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe, NM, 1982.

40 Texas Artists; The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA, 1981.

Points of View; University of St. Thomas Art Gallery, Houston, TX, 1981.

Celebrating Texas; Three person show at ME's Gallery, Houston, TX, 1981.

Houston/Galveston Black & White Photography Competition; College of the Mainland, Texas City, TX. Best of show and purchase award, 1980.

Amarillo Competition 1979; Amarillo Art Center, Amarillo, TX, 1979.

Polaroid Collection; Group Show of works from the collection, Cambridge, MA, 1979.

Houston Photographers; Group show at The Museum of Fine Arts, Art School Gallery, Houston, TX, 1979.

Brothers and Sisters; Group Show, Lawndale Annex, Houston, TX, 1979.

Superspective; Group Show, Lawndale Annex, Houston, TX, 1979.

Group Show; Santa Fe Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe, NM, 1978.

Polaroid Collection; Group show of works from the collection, Cambridge, MA, 1977.

Polaroid Collection; Group show of works from the collection, Cambridge, MA, 1973.

New Mexico Biennial; Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM, 1973.

 

Selected Publications

The Polaroid Book, photographs from the Polaroid Collection, published by Taschen, Cologne, Germany, 2004.

Rodeo as Metaphor, interview and article by Lester Strong for a&u American Aids Magazine, June 2004.

Judy Chicago, edited by Elizabeth A. Sackler, published by Watson-Guptill, NY, 2002.

Coordinated and produced the photography for Judy Chicago: An American Vision, a monograph by Edward Lucie-Smith, published by Watson Guptill, NY, April 2000.

Adam: The Male Figure in Art, by Edward Lucie-Smith, published by Rizzoli, NY, 1998. Photograph included in publication.

Coordinated the photography for The Dinner Party, by Judy Chicago published by Viking/Penguin, 1996.

Coordinated the photography for Beyond the Flower: The Autobiography of a Feminist Artist, by Judy Chicago published by Viking/Penguin, 1996.

Staff photographer for American Builder Magazine - New Mexico Edition, 1994 - 1996.

Holocaust Project: From Darkness Into Light; by Judy Chicago with photography by Donald Woodman, Published by Viking/Penguin, 1993.

Photographs included in book, The Art of Memory: Holocaust Memorials in History by James E. Young, Published by Yale University Press, 1993.

Photographed Bruce Nauman for New York Newsday, 1/8/89.

Photographed Agnes Martin for Vanity Fair, 3/89.

Octave of Prayer, Aperture, vol.17, number 1, 1972, photograph included in catalogue.

Selected Awards and Artist in Residences

Visiting artist at the IRIS Center for Digital Arts Herron School of Art, Indiana University / Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN, 1999 & 2000.

International Friends of Transformative Art, Transformative Artist Award, 1992.

Houston/Galveston Black & White Photography Competition; College of the Mainland, Texas City, TX. Best of show and purchase award, 1980.

Awarded a Caleb Dustin Hunkin Foreign Scholarship to travel in Europe and pursue personal photographic work, 1965 & 1970.

Awarded the Alpha Rho Chi award for Leadership, Service and Merit, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1969.

Selected Video and Theater Productions

Atmospheres: Duration Performances with Fireworks of Judy Chicago, Produced by Through the Flower, Directed by Kate Amend, 2002

The Dinner Party: A Tour of the Exhibition, Produced by Through the Flower, Directed by Donald Woodman, 2002.

Resolutions: A Stitch in Time, Produced by Through the Flower, Directed by Kate Amend, 2000.

Holocaust Project: From Darkness Into Light, Produced by Through the Flower, Directed and edited by Kate Amend, 1993.

Technical Director/Set Designer for Theater in the Red, Santa Fe, NM. Productions include FOURPLAY, RED SEPTEMBER, BELLE NOTORIOUS, 1985.

Space X; Group show at The Armory for the Arts, Santa Fe, NM. Produced live video of opening, 1984.

Production of video tapes of the performances of Anne Waldman and Red Mole Theater for Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM, 1984.

Stage set design and construction of set for the play CONTRAOUS by Sara Lovitt production of Theater in the Red, Santa Fe, NM, 1984

Other Realities - Installations for Performances; The Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX. Video tapes produced in conjunction with the Southwest Alternative Media Project of performances by Joan Jonas and Tina Girouard, 1980.

The Panther; Video tape of this contemporary opera commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera, Houston, TX, 1980.

Video tape interview of Stanley Marsh III, Amarillo, TX, 1980.

   
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