It felt right that the first exhibition of “My Dakota” opened in the Black Hills of South Dakota where I grew up. So many friends — both old and new — showed up, including Ruth Brennan, the former Dahl director whom the gallery was named after where “My Dakota” is currently on exhibit. Ruth is an amazing, dynamic woman who was the driving force behind the creation of this wonderful museum and performing arts center in Rapid City.
One of my favorite moments of the evening was photographed by Alex (above)– my 92-year-old dad looking at the photograph of himself that’s in the exhibition, and — just outside the frame — my 85-year-old mom walking not far behind. A special photograph of a special night that I will long remember.––Rebecca Norris Webb
Link to “My Dakota,” which was recently featured on the New Yorker Photo Booth blog.
Link to “My Dakota” at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City, June 1-Oct. 13, 2012.
UPCOMING EVENTS: JUNE & JULY
––THURSDAY, JUNE 21, RICCO MARESCA GALLERY, NY: “Weather,” a group exhibition with a selection of photographs from MY DAKOTA, 6-8 pm. The exhibition runs through August 17.
RAPID CITY, SD
––JUNE-SEPTEMBER 2012: Launch of OUR DAKOTA Flickr site, an online photographic community This Flickr group is open to all photographers 15 and older with a present or past connection to South Dakota. There will be three assignments posted during the course of the “My Dakota” exhibition at the Dahl, and the group will culminate in an “Our Dakota” slide show to be show both at the SD Festival of Books in Sioux Falls the last week in September 2012 and at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City on Friday, Oct. 5th, at 7pm.
––TUESDAY, AUGUST 7TH: “Slide Talk with Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb” at the “My Dakota” exhibition at the Dahl. 12-1pm. Check the Dahl website midJune for more details about this free event.
SATURDAY, JUNE 9, AT LOOK3 PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL
TUESDAY, JULY 7-8pm:”Together and Apart: The Photographs of Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb,” Schermer Hall, Anderson Ranch Campus, Snowmass, Colorado. Q&A with the Webbs and book signing of “The Suffering of Light” and “My Dakota” to follow.
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS WITH ALEX AND REBECCA
Sunday, Oct. 21st through Sat., Oct. 27th, 2012: PROJECT WORKSHOP 2012 @ CAPTION GALLERY, DUMBO, BROOKLYN. A small intimate workshop where participants spend a week editing and sequencing a long-term project, working on the text for it, and working with a designer on a cover. There will also be presentations about bookmaking including one by a photo book editor or publisher. Former students are invited to apply, but other photographers will be considered as well. This small workshop is almost full, so please contact Rebecca as soon as possible if you are interested: firstname.lastname@example.org.