A Personal History #3
An autobiography with an art slant, part 3.
I retired from my teaching position at Northeastern University in December 2012, after thirty years.
But before we bring things up to the present we have to go back a little to about 2005. This was when things went in a slightly different track.
Now a full professor, my position and place at the University was secure. As a senior faculty member, I applied for and was awarded more and better grants, several residencies and more times away than before. My first book came out that year
to critical acclaim, my work was being collected more, shown more and I had it in many major museums. This allowed a degree of creative freedom that was exhilarating. With the realization that I could do anything I wanted with my work, I did.
I made pictures at 17 Cabela's stores across the Midwest:
I photographed at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia.
This led to work from Reggio Emilia in Italy:
And finally to the National Museum of Medicine and Health in Washington.
You get my point. I hadn't abandoned other ways of expressing, I had just expanded into other interests, including a preoccupation of just what "death" meant to me.
This has happened to others, of course, but I was also beginning a disengagement from my position as a professor in those years, taking more risk as an artist and being more assertive. And some of the logistics for making some of this new work were complicated and difficult. Strike one for increased self-confidence.
Let's stop here for this post. Next, we will go to what happened after I retired from Northeastern. I promise.