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George Slade became the artistic director of the Minnesota Center for Photography in August 2003, and has also directed the MCP/McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowships for Photographers Program since 1998.
Slade has served as a panelist and portfolio reviewer nationwide, and in his 20 some years of experience has seen millions of images. He has written and consulted on photography for an extensive variety of institutions and publications.
He is an historian of photography, and in addition to his curatorial work at MCP, recent projects include two exhibitions on the photography of Jerome Hill, which were held in 2005 at the Minnesota Historical Society and St. Paul Academy to celebrate the centennial of Hill’s birth, and Portraits of Home: Families in Search of Shelter in Greater Minnesota, a traveling exhibition concerned with affordable housing which was organized by FORECAST Public Artworks for the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund.
He edited and contributed text to Minnesota in Our Time: A Photographic Portrait as part of the Minnesota 2000 Documentary Photography Project and was one of the project’s founding directors. In 2001 served as the photographic consultant for the Carleton College commissioning project “Vantage Points: Campus as Place.” For Minnesota Artists Online, he has written essays and reviews, and compiled three-decades worth of images from the Minnesota State Fair.
Slade graduated from Yale University and is listed in Who’s Who in American Art.
Current and upcoming MCP Exhibits:
Choreographic: Images of Movement
June 17 to August 13
MCP's current exhibition focuses on the work of six photographers who have used their art to explore the parallel creative environment of choreographed movement. While photography is inherently an art of stillness, this ability to capture a point in time allows the study and contemplation of moments excerpted from the flow. The photographs and videos in Choreographic become visual arts performances, complementing, analyzing, and commenting on kinetic performances and the forces behind individual motion.
Featuring work by Stuart Allen (San Antonio, TX), Bill Cottman (Minneapolis), Justin Guariglia (New York City), Katy McCormick (Toronto), Polly Norman (Minneapolis), and Sean Smuda (Minneapolis)
Rain or shine, July 22
For 26 years Daniel Corrigan has chronicled the music scene in Minneapolis. Now, he is teaming with MCP to present a broad selection of his images in conjunction with outdoor performances by bands Corrigan has personally selected.
Musicapolis 2006 will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, in the parking lot adjacent to MCP, 165 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis. The outdoor concert will continue until 10 p.m., with such accomplished local acts as Spaghetti Western String Company, The Tin Star Sisters, Mike Gunther and His Restless Souls, The Brass Kings, The Gleam, Gee as in Jesus, and Chooglin’ accompanying Corrigan’s images. Tickets for Musicapolis are $10 and are available at the door.
Downriver: New Orleans Before the Flood
August 19 to October 8
The Minnesota Center for Photography
MCP/McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowships for Photographers Program
On the Grounds: Photographs of the Minnesota State Fair (Collection)