Traces: Daniel Ranalli, Cape Work 1987-2007

Traces: Daniel Ranalli, Cape Work 1987-2007


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Opening Date
Oct. 22, 2010
Opening Time
Close Date
Jan. 16, 2011
Conceptual, Photography
Provincetown Art Association and Museum
460 Commercial St
Provincetown, MA
United States

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Traces: Daniel Ranalli, Cape Work 1987-2007

The Provincetown Art Association and Museum is pleased to present a twenty-year survey of the work of well-known artist Daniel Ranalli.  In what could be called a site-specific offering, the exhibition will focus specifically on Ranalli’s environmental works that are rooted in the ecology and landscape of the Outer Cape.  Curated by Leslie K. Brown, former curator of the Photographic Resource Center in Boston and current independent curator, the show will include over 30 works from several series. Often made on-site in the tidal areas and sandy beaches near his home in Wellfleet, Ranalli’s work is frequently rooted in the delicate balance between control and chance.  Whether they are photographic diptychs of snails before and after being arranged in geometrical patterns or piles of seaweed sculpted into human or animal form subsumed to the sea, Ranalli’s environmentally-based works are close collaborations with nature.  Curator Brown writes, “Ranalli’s work can be seen within a tradition of walking artists and with the addition of text, in the form of phrases written in his own hand, he adds another level of poetic meditation.  As the actual earthworks exist only for a short while, Ranalli’s photographs become evidence—traces of ephemeral actions and sculptural interventions.”  Although largely situated within the medium of photography, the exhibition will also include prints, mixed media, and sculpture.  Bridging documentary, scientific, conceptual, and performance-based work, the series represented will include “Tidal Plain Works,” “Snail Drawings,” “Zen Dunes,” and “Whale Strandings” as well as several individual pieces.Ranalli’s work is in the permanent collection of dozens of museums in the U.S. and abroad, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Rose Art Museum; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art.  In a career that has spanned over 35 years, he has earned multiple artist fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council and has had over 150 solo and group shows.  Ranalli is a Professor at Boston University where he teaches in the graduate program in Arts Administration, a program he founded in 1992. 


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