A Shared Elegy

Grunwald Gallery
October 13- November 16, 2017


Co-presented by the IU Eskenazi Museum of Art the exhibition features photography from Osamu James Nakagawa, Takayuki Ogawa, and Elijah and Emmet Gowin. 

Osamu James Nakagawa Morning Light, Bloomington, Indiana
Image: Osamu James Nakagawa, No. 17 Morning Light, Bloomington, Indiana. Spring 1999. 


The Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University Bloomington, in conjunction with the IU Eskenazi Museum of Art, is pleased to present the exhibition and symposium A Shared Elegy. The exhibit will open on October 13 and continue through November 16, 2017. A 112-page book, A Shared Elegy will be published and distributed through Indiana University Press.

A Shared Elegy presents the work of four photographers connected by family ties. Osamu James Nakagawa and his uncle, Takayuki Ogawa, and Elijah Gowin and his father, Emmet Gowin, present unique but overlapping visions recording family histories. Nakagawa, like his uncle Ogawa, grew up in Japan and draws upon his country’s traditions and the practice of honoring elders. Family heritage and home in Virginia have inspired the Gowins to make photographs that depict the intimate and hallowed nature of the world. These photographs compel us to reflect on our own lineage and consider our place in the progression of generations and the cycle of life.

Emmet Gowin Edith and Moth Flight
Image: Emmet Gowin. Edith and Moth Flight, 2002.

Cultural differences can be perceived in these images, however, there are many similarities surrounding important life events. We see normal experiences typical of every family: birth, the raising of children, connection with home, aging, and illness and death. While there are difficult images in the exhibition, the artists do not shy away from these moments. The inclusion of these works, along with those that are joyful and effusive, create a complete story about the universal cycle of life and death.

Emmet Gowin is an esteemed photographer known worldwide for his deeply spiritual photographs of his wife’s extended family in rural Virginia. His pictures reflect a time gone by but also the universality of the life experience that is relevant to every family. Elijah Gowin and Osamu James Nakagawa exhibit internationally and have made the theme of family connections their life’s work. Takayuki Ogawa is known for his images of New York in 1969. A series of self-portraits taken throughout his battle and recovery from cancer during 1995-97 will be included in this exhibition. Ogawa died in 2008.

Elijah Gowin, Maggie and Orbs
Image: Elijah Gowin. Maggie and Orbs, 2001. Unique print courtesy of Robert Mann Gallery. 

A Symposium will take place October 13, 2017, and will feature informal meetings, a panel discussion, and a lecture by Emmet Gowin. The three exhibiting photographers have been invited to participate in a panel discussion moderated by Joel Smith, Curator of Photography at the Morgan Library and Museum. In addition, Yoshiko Suzuki, Curator at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, will serve on the panel and participate in the events. Grunwald Gallery | 1201 E 7th St. Bloomington, IN 47405 | 812 855 8490 | grunwald@indiana.edu | soad.indiana.edu/centers-galleries/grunwald-gallery

The accompanying book to the exhibition will feature essays by Yoshiko Suzuki and Joel Smith and more than eighty images. This book is the result of the first collaboration between the Grunwald Gallery and the Eskenazi Museum of Art, recognizing each as a key venue for displaying and collecting contemporary photography.

Takayuki Ogawa, Untitled 18
Image: Takayuki Ogawa. Untitled 18, 1995-1997. From the series Beyond the Mirror: A Self-Portrait

Symposium Schedule
Friday, October 13
Panel Discussion 3:00 – 4:30pm, Fine Arts Auditorium, FA015
McKinney Lecture by Emmet Gowin 5:00 – 6:00pm, Fine Arts Auditorium, FA015
Opening Reception of A Shared Elegy 6:00 – 8:00pm, Grunwald Gallery

Friday, October 20, 2017
Gallery Talk: Family Heritage: A Shared Elegy with Osamu James Nakagawa, noon-1:00 p.m., Grunwald Gallery
Part of the Monroe County Public Library's Power of Words series.  

Exhibition and Symposium Sponsors
A Shared Elegy is made possible by the College Arts and Humanities Institute, the Grunwald Fund, the McKinney Visiting Artist Series, the Center for Integrative Photographic Studies, the School of Art, Architecture, and Design at Indiana University, and the IU Eskenazi Museum of Art. Additional support comes in part from David and Martha Moore, David H. Jacobs, Nancy and Bill Hunt, Susan Thrasher, and Emmet and Edith Gowin.

About the Grunwald Gallery of Art
The Grunwald Gallery of Art presents contemporary works by both professional and student artists in a special exhibition format. Exhibits incorporate art from a variety of contemporary genres and approaches, and can be experimental or traditional. The Gallery is conceived as a visual art laboratory with artists participating in the installation of their works and interaction with students and the public is encouraged. The Gallery hosts more than thirty exhibits annually of students from the School of Art, Architecture, and Design, focusing on work by advanced undergraduate, BFA, and MFA students. The Grunwald Gallery frequently collaborates with artists, scientists, and scholars to produce exhibits that interpret visual art in a broader scientific or humanities context.

Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday or by appointment. All events are free and open to the public and the Grunwald Gallery is accessible to people with disabilities We invite you to visit our website at https://soaad@indiana.edu.

About the Eskenazi Museum of Art  
Established in 1941, the Eskenazi Museum of Art has grown into one of the foremost university art museums in the country. Today, the museum’s collection includes more than 45,000 objects representing nearly every art-producing culture throughout history. Within its collection are items as varied as ancient jewelry, African masks, and paintings by masters such as Claude Monet, Jackson Pollock, and Pablo Picasso.

Housed in an iconic building designed by architect I.M. Pei in 1982, the museum is currently undergoing a major renovation. It is scheduled to reopen in 2019. In the interim, the museum is excited to engage in partnerships with affinity institutions like the Grunwald Gallery, in educating and illuminating the world through the power of art.