Dick Blau Photography

Ethnography of the Emotions in Family and Field

Dick Blau

Professor of Film
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Ph.D. (l973) Program in American Studies, Yale University (The Body as Ground of Being in Four Novels by Herman Melville, Dissertation Advisor Harold Bloom); B.A. (1965) Department of English, Harvard College (phi beta kappa, magna cum laude)

l975 –2011 Associate/Full Professor, Department of Film, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; 1968-1975 Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Program in AmericanStudies, State University of New York at Buffalo (co-founder)

1979-1999 Chair, UWM Department of Film (co-founder); 1975-1979 Associate Dean, UWMPeck School of The Arts and Director, PSOA Inter-Arts Program

2007 Wisconsin Arts Board Photographic Survey of Labor in Wisconsin; 2003 Mary L. Nohl Fellowship for Established Artists; 1997 Wisconsin Center Public Art Program; 1989 Focus Infinity Fund Commission (Changing Chicago); 1984 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Graduate School Award for Research; 1978, 1980 Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship in Photography; 1966 Woodrow Wilson Fellowship; 1965 Fulbright Fellowship

Elephant House, Photographs by Dick Blau, Text by Nigel Rothfels, PSUP 2015, Polka Heartland, Photographs by Dick Blau, Text by Richard March, WHSP, 2015, Skyros Carnival, Photographs by Dick Blau/Text by Agapi Amanatidis and PanayiotisPanopoulos, cd/ dvd by Steven Feld, Voxlox, Santa Fe, 2011; Living With His Camera, Text by Jane Gallop/Photographs by Dick Blau, Duke University Press, 2003; Bright Balkan Morning: Romani Lives and the Power of Music, Photographs by Dick Blau, Text by Angeliki VellouKeil and Charles Keil, Soundscape by Steven Feld, Wesleyan University Press, 2002; Polka Happiness: co-author with Charles and Angeliki V. Keil, Temple University Press,Visual StudiesSeries, l992; The Body Impolitic: Four Novels by Herman Melville, Editions Rodopi, Amsterdam, Netherlands, l979

Thicker than Water: My Family in Photographs. A monograph covering forty years and two families in 100 photographs


Photography/Music/ Culture
First of the Month, Volume IV, Issue II, 12/31, Cover and pp. 16-18, 2002; Deeper Polka, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2002 ; PMLA, May, 2006, Volume121 No. 3 (cover); Bells and Winter Festivals of Greek Macedonia, Soundscape by Steven Feld/Photographs by Dick Blau, Smithsonian Folkways 50401, 2002; American Polka: Old Tunes and New Sounds,Trikont CD, LC 04270 (10 photos and cover) 2001; Soundscapes: Explorations of Music in a Changing World, Kay Kaufman Shelemay, W.W. Norton and Co. New York/London, p.195, 2001 ; American Roots Music, PBS, Jim Brown, Director, 11 photos, 2006; Deep Polka,Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, SFW 40088 (CD photo) 1998 ; “What is World Music? Exploring the Meaning of a Genre in Formation,” Robert Christgau, Charles and AngelikiKeil, et. al. Village Voice, July 29, l997, pp. 57,63,66; Music Grooves, Charles Keil and Steven Feld, University of Chicago, p.215, l994; My Music: Explorations of Music in Daily Life, Susan

D. Crafts, Daniel Cavicchi, Charles Keil, cover, 1993; John J. Bukowczyk, And My Children Did Not Know Me: History of the Polish-Americans, Indiana University Press, p.63, l987; New York Folklore Quarterly, Vol.X, No.3-4, p. 120, 1984

“The Beautiful is just the first degree of the Terrible,” Exhibition Catalogue, State Museum of Contemporary Art, pp. 116-7, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2009; “The Mirror Stage,” Intervalles 4/5:Interdisciplinary Transcriptions, pp,1-7,2009; Pregnant Pictures, Sandra Matthews/Laura Wexler, p. 93, 2008; The Familial Gaze, ed. Marianne Hirsch, University of New England Press, pp.70, 72, 75,79,81,83, l999; Pictures of Innocence: The History and Crisis of Ideal Childhood, Anne Higonnet, Thames and Hudson, p.213, l998 ; “The Psychoanalysis of Water,” Discourse, Vol.l4, No.4, l992 ; “Talking Pictures: Family Photos by Dick Blau,” Frame/Work, Winter, l989, (cover and pp.3l0); Thinking Through The Body, Jane Gallop, Columbia University Press, (cover & p. l30), l988; Theory/Flesh, Summer l986, pp. 26-7, l986; Dreamworks, Vol. 5, No. l, Fall, l985, pp. l2l3; SubStance 37/38, pp. l73-l77, l983; The Daughter’s Seduction: Feminism and Psychoanalysis, Jane Gallop, Cornell and Macmillan (cover) l982; Men by Women, Janet Todd, ed. Holmes&Meier, p. 245, 1981; The North American Review, June, 1979, p.33

“Elephant House,” Woodland Pattern Book Center, Milwaukee, 2015, “Polka Heartland,” Museum of Wisconsin Art, 2015, “Distinguished Professor,” inova, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2004; PhotoSynkeria 2004, Paratiritis Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2004; Wooster Art Museum, Wooster Ohio, 2003; InPostArtSpace, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2002 ; “Living With His Camera,” inova, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1999; Polka Time! Frontier Airlines Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin(permanent installation), l998 ; PhotoSynkeria, Paratiritis Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece, 1994;Scala Galerie, Brno,Czechoslovakia, 1992; Woodland Pattern Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin,1987; Perihelion Gallery, Milwaukee, l983; CEPA, Buffalo, New York, 1975; de SaissetMuseum, Santa Clara, California, 1975

2014, Candela Gallery, Richmond, VA, 2010-11 Images of Wisconsin Labor (Traveling), Lawrence University, Watrous Gallery, Cardinal Strich University,Wisconsin; 2009 Party Crashers, Concertina Gallery, Chicago; 2004 Super Hits of the 70’s, Photographs from the Milwaukee Art Museum Collection; 2002 Texas Folklife Resources, Austin; 2002 Squeezebox Communities, Witte Museum of Art,San Antonio (four person); l999 The Time of Our Lives, New Museum of Contemporary Art, NewYork City; l996 The Familial Gaze, Hood Museum, Dartmouth College; l994 New WisconsinPhotography, Milwaukee Art Museum (three person); 1990 One Day of Mine: TwelvePhotographers from Eight Countries, Technike Museum, Brno, CZ; l990 Changing Chicago, ArtInstitute/Field Museum, Chicago; l988 Houston International Foto Fest (four person); l987 The Museum of Sexuality, Theatre X, Milwaukee; 1987 Photographing Children, Santa Fe Center forPhotography; l986 W.A. Graham Gallery, Houston, Texas (two person); l985 Nexus Gallery,First Atlanta Photo Salon, Atlanta, Georgia; l983 Dick Blau/Steven Foster/Tom Bamberger,Basquin Gallery, Milwaukee; 1978 Midwestern Photographers, John Michael Kohler ArtCenter, Sheboygan,Wisconsin

Art Institute of Chicago, Brooklyn Museum, Milwaukee, Milwaukee Art Museum, Museum ofContemporary Photography, Chicago, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Fondazione Michele, Spoleto, Italy, Kosciuszko Foundation Archive of Polish-American Life, Mestske Kulturni Stredisko S.K. Neumanna, Brno,Czechoslovakia, Frontier Airlines Center, Milwaukee, Romani Archive, University of Texas/Austin

2017 ER, 4.5 min/video; 2012 A Polish Easter in Chicago, 9.45 min/video, Cannes Festival of Short Films; l996 Oh, Rapunzel (in collaboration with Cecelia Condit) (35 min/video/color/sound) Museumof Modern Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Boston Museum of Fine Arts,Walker ArtCenter/Minneapolis, Dallas Video Festival, Black Maria Film and Video Festiva (Director’sChoice), University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Boston Museum School, Athens Filmand Video Festival, Ohio, Berlin Transmedia Festival, L.A. Freewaves, Los Angeles Museum ofContemporary Art, Pacific Film Archives, University of California-Berkeley, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Universita’ Degli Studi de Trento, Trento, Italy, University of Iowa,Hampshire College,Sun Joe Art Center, Seoul, Korea,University of California-LosAngeles Collections: Museum of Modern Art, Milwaukee Art Museum, Wexner Center for theArts, University of California, Berkeley; l990 Jidyll (31 min/l6 mm/color/sound) Jerusalem Cinematheque, Museum of the Diaspora, Tel Aviv, Second International Week of NewMusic,Bucharest, Mediawave ‘92, Gyor, Hungary, University of Minnesota, University ofWisconsin-Madison, New York University, Berlin Festival of New Jewish Music, University of Toronto, Collections: Israel Film Archive; Research Center of Jewish History and Culture inPoland, Jagiellonian University, Krakow; Haggerty Museum, Milwaukee; l986 Tintinnabula,(in collaboration w Dawn Wiedemann (8 min/l6 mm/color/sound). Chicago Experimental Film Festival, Bonn International Short Film Festival, 25th Festival Internazionale Cinema Giovani deTorino, Ann Arbor Film Festival; 1982 Up The Block One Sunday (l2 min/l6 mm/c/s)Tokyo Experimental Film Festival, Collection: Milwaukee Public Museum

1980 Hamlet Act, Robert Nelson, 16mm, 30 minutes, b/w Collections: Folger ShakespeareLibrary, UCLA Archive of American Experimental Film; 1985 Fish Story, Stuart Sherman, 16mm, 1 m, b/w; 1989 Used Innocence, James Benning, 16 mm, 60 m; 2006, The Conqueror Worm, Caroline Kastelic, 2.15m

2015, Purdue University, 2010 University of Singapore; 2007 University of New Mexico-Albuquerque; 2004 New YorkCollege, Thessaloniki, Greece;; 1999 University of Illinois-Chicago Circle; 1993 Photosynkeria,Thessaloniki, Greece; School for Criticism and Theory, Dartmouth; 1991 School of the ArtInstitute of Chicago; 1988 Rice University, Houston, Texas

2001 “The Roma (The Gypsies) Transculturalism Avant La Lettre w/ Ian Hancock, University ofTexas, Anya Verhovskaya-Cohen, Dick Blau, and Charles Keil, SUNY Buffalo, Center for 21st Century Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; 2001 “Milwaukee in Performance 19682001,” Seven Programs of Film, Video, and New Media , Walker’s Point Center for the Arts,Milwaukee, Wisconsin; l984 “The American West Revisited: Western Landscape Photographs byTimothy H. O’Sullivan, with Associated Exhibits of Rare Maps, Rare Books,Geological/Botanical Specimens and Comparative Photography,” American Geographical Society,Golda Meier Library, Milwaukee, and the National Endowment for the Humanities

Chris Smith, American Job, Sundance Film Festival, 1998; American Movie l999 Sundance Film Festival Grand Prize for Documentary; Edinburgh Film Festival Best of Festival, JanetMaslin: Ten Best Films of l999 (New York Times); New York Times List of Best 1000 films; Bill Basquin Films and Videos, 2011 Museum of Modern Art “Modern Mondays” series; ; Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson, SVEIT, 2010, Bush Fellowship, Fulbright Fellowship, Yaddow Residency; ; Diego Costa, Placebo, 2003, NewYork Mix Film Festival 2003,Toronto Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2004, Wisconsin FilmFestival -2004 Best Student Narrative, Brasilia Gay Studies Conference (Brazil) 2004, Sao PaoloFestival of Short Films 2004; Chris James Thompson, Kyoko, MFF Production Prize 2009 Daniel Alegi,The Czar of Make Believe, 1999, Rhode Island International Film Festival GrandPrize for Experimental Narrative, 2000, Most Original Narrative, Voladero Film festival,Monterey,Mexico, 2001; Jason Morgan, The Greatest Lie Ever Told, 2002, Harvard Black FilmFestival First Prize for Experimental Film; Shilpa Singru (co-advisor Cecelia Condit), Museumof Contemporary Art, Chicago, Age of Influence: Reflections in the Mirror of American Culture

1990-95 Art Futures, Milwaukee (co-founder);1986 Community Media Project (Founder); 1977-85 Perihelion Gallery, Milwaukee (co-founder); 1970-75 Buffalo Theater Workshop (co-founder and Artistic Director); 1971-75 CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, New York (co-founder)