West Bend, WI – –The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) presents Tom Jones: Here We Stand, the first major retrospective of the contemporary photographer. The exhibition will be on view July 23 to October 9, 2022. An opening reception with the artist will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2:00–4:00 p.m. A robust schedule of programming accompanies the exhibition and is listed below.
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The exhibition features 120 photographs from sixteen bodies of work spanning twenty-five years of the artists’ career. While each series is distinctly different in subject and photographic medium, Jones has remained consistent: Native American peoples are not vanishing, assimilating, or frozen in time. Native American communities are diverse, changing, and multidimensional with a commitment to family, land, and tribal community. Working as an “insider” member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, Jones deploys the lens of contemporary photography to explore personal and deeply felt issues of race, identity, and cultural appropriation.
“Unlike the photographers of late 1800s and early 1900s such as Edward S. Curtis whose staged scenes captured a romanticized Indian culture, Jones’s portraits are firmly anchored in the present day,” said Director of Exhibitions Graeme Reid who curated the exhibition. “As an ‘insider,’ his photography offers a counter-narrative to the traditional depictions of Indigenous culture.”
The Madison-based artist has earned a national and international reputation for his powerful and insightful photographs, including a recent second-place prize at the National Portrait Gallery’s 2022 Outwin Boochever competition. His work is in the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the University of New Mexico Art Museum, Polaroid Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, Minneapolis Institute of Art, and many others. He has a BFA, MFA, and MA, and is a professor of photography at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
An accompanying catalogue provides a thorough and sensitive examination of the photographer who is rapidly becoming the voice of his generation. Included are essays
by Jane L. Aspinwall, curator of photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg and Molli A. Pauliot, a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the Department of Anthropology and member of the Ho-Chunk Nation.
The catalog includes a full translation of Pauliot’s essay into the Ho-Chunk language by Henning Garvin, professor of linguistics at UW–Madison and Ho-Chunk language specialist. The catalog can be purchased in the museum shop.
This exhibition is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Special thanks to 2022 Exhibition Sponsors James and Karen Hyde, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Pick Heaters, and a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board.
The Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission as low as $15 provides unlimited visits for one full year.
Exhibition Opening Party
Saturday, July 23 | 1:00–3:00
Native American Photography Panel Discussion
Saturday, July 30 | 2:00–3:00
Exhibition Tours with Tom Jones
Saturday, July 30 | 11:00–12:00
Saturday, October 1 | 2:00–3:00
Artist, Teacher, Mentor: A Discussion on Tom Jones
Saturday, August 6 | 2:00–3:00
Studio Class | Ribbon Work with Elena Terry
Saturday, September 17 | 10:00–1:00
Studio Class | Basketry with Rae Skenandore
Saturday, October 1 | 10:00–1:00