Angela Strassheim

Angela Strassheim investigates memory, family, religion, and female identity. Before turning to art, she completed training as a forensic photographer and took crime scene, evidence, surveillance, and autopsy photographs. This experience is evident in the clinical precision of her current work, which ranges from psychologically fraught, carefully structured images of families, young and teenage girls, and domestic scenes to uncanny pictures of homes in which murders had occurred. A selection of her subtly unsettling images was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial. Strassheim is inspired by painters, parenting magazines, and news stories, as well as by her own experiences. As she has explained, she photographs as a way to grapple with the memories of my past that confuse me and have always disturbed my conscience."

Selected Exhibitions

2011 

New Pictures 4: Angela Strassheim, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Perlman Gallery, MN

(solo exhibition)
Midnight Party, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Museum of Contemporary Photography

2010 

Past/Forward, Honor Fraser Gallery, curated by Marcelle Polednick, Culver City, Los Angeles

2009 

Evidence, Marvelli Gallery, NY (solo exhibition)
Worlds Away, New Suburban Landscapes, Yale School of Architecture, New Haven, CT
Little History of Photography, Pequena Historia Da Fotographia, Centro Galego De Arte
Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Family Traces, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

2008 

I Won't Grow Up, Cheim & Read, New York, NY
Angela Strassheim Photographs, Monterey Museum of Art, CA (solo exhibition)
Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles, France (solo exhibition)
Role Models; Feminine Identity in Contemporary American Photography 1975-2005,
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
World’s Away; New Suburban Landscapes, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Presumed Innocence, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
World Histories, DeMoines Art Center, DesMoines, IA
Coming of Age, Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN

2007 

Sir Elton John Collection, Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev, Ukraine
Hunter and Hunted, Sara Teccia Roma, New York, NY
Vantage Points, Carleton College, Northfield, MN (commissioned work)
McKnight Grant Recipient Exhibition, Minneapolis Center for Photography, MN
Angela Strassheim Photographs, Burnet Collection Art Gallery, Mnpls, MN (solo exhibition)
On the Scene, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Galeria Moises Perez de Albeniz, Pampolona, Spain

Collections

Yale University Art Museum, CT

Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Guggenheim, NY

Walker Center, MN

Monterey Museum of Art, CA

Principle Financial Group, MN

General Mills, MN

Museum of American Art, MN

Grinnell College of Art Gallery, IA

Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

Musee de L’Elysee, Switzerland

Moises Perez de Albeniz, Spain

Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art, FL

Sir Elton John

Anthony Terrana

Jim Pallotta

Joe Baio