April 24th - May 26th
Reception: Thursday, May 4th 5:30-7:00pm
Garner Center for Photographic Exhibitions
537 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
Photographs by Maggie Meiners
Maggie Meiners’ Rockwell Revisited is a contemporary look at cultural issues investigated by Rockwell nearly 75 years ago, the artist “examining whether the nostalgia of Rockwell’s work translates into our rapidly changing lifestyles and his very human tableaux can reflect this moment in time. “ As a child, Meiners recalls being captivated by Rockwell’s covers on the Saturday Evening Post; the depictions humorous and quintessentially American, highlighting iconographic caricatures of everyday life: the rebellious boy and the authoritative principal, the mailman, the town doctor, the exulted war hero returned safely home. Meiners’ fascinations with the past seem to help inform her understanding of what’s happening in America today: “As I continue to examine Rockwell’s work, I have noticed, for better or worse, that while sociological landscape has changed in many ways, there is much that remains the same.”
Maggie Meiners earned her B.A from the University of Colorado- Boulder and her M.Ed. from DePaul University. She is an artist living and working in Chicago. After a career in teaching, Maggie Meiners discovered her true passion was photography and never looked back. Her background in Cultural Anthropology has been an influential attribute to her visual storytelling as she continues to look at cultural and social matters through the lens of her camera. Her photographs have been widely exhibited and remain in the permanent collections of the Illinois Institute of Art, Wheaton College, Harrison Street Lofts, and numerous private collections. She was the winner of the 2008 Multimedia Exhibition, Gallery 180, Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago, the 2009 Ragdale Prize and was part of the Official Selection 2011 PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris . Maggie had her first solo exhibition in 2005 at The Union League Club of Chicago-- one of the most esteemed private collectors of art in the country.