Between: Artist Books, Albums, and Portfolios from the Mark Ruwedel Photography Archive at Stanford


Dates Duration 
May 27, 2021 to September 26, 2021
9:00am to 5:00pm
Green Library Bing Wing, 2nd Floor
Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries

Exhibition to show May 27, 2021 — September 26, 2021, in Green Library 

Stanford Libraries presents Between: Artist Books, Albums, and Portfolios from the Mark Ruwedel Photography Archive at Stanford, on view May 27, 2021, through September 26, 2021, in the Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda, Green Library Bing Wing. The exhibition celebrates the Mark Ruwedel Photography Archive, recently acquired by Stanford Libraries’ Special Collections.

Although known primarily as a Western landscape photographer, Ruwedel has acknowledged a highly varied range of artistic influences from such crucial 19th-century photographers as Carleton Watkins (held in-depth by Stanford Libraries Special Collections) and William Henry Jackson, the 1970s New Topographics photographers such as Lewis Baltz and Robert Adams, Earthworks artists such as Robert Smithson and Michael Heizer, the conceptual works of Richard Long, even the Surrealists Man Ray, and Andre Breton. Ruwedel has acknowledged that he fits somewhere “in between” a host of sometimes competing, sometimes complementary inspirations. Consequently, his work is of particular value within a teaching institution such as Stanford University, providing multiple opportunities to investigate diverse aspects of 19th, 20th, and 21st-century art and photographic practices. 

In conjunction with the exhibition’s opening, a virtual event: In-Conversation: The Mark Ruwedel Photography Archive at Stanford, hosted by the Department of Special Collections and Stanford Libraries, will occur online on May 27th, 2021, from 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public; registration is required.

NOTE: In addition to the physical exhibition, there is a forthcoming online exhibition and print catalog; stay tuned to the Current Exhibits page for updates.

Between will be on display in the Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda exhibit cases from May 27, 2021 – September 26, 2021.

NOTE: Exhibit cases in the Peterson Gallery and Munger Rotunda are illuminated from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, and Sunday. Visitors are encouraged to call 650-723-0931 or visit the Library Hours page to confirm hours.

The exhibition is free and currently restricted to the following current Stanford ID cardholders: students, post-docs, professors (including emeriti), academic staff, fellows, and Stanford visiting scholars. Learn about the Libraries' entry requirements and available services.