Loading Events

« All Events

Longing for Amelia – The Historical and Mythological Landscape: Matthew Arnold

December 4, 2020 - May 1, 2021

Amelia Earhart and Plane

Archival images courtesy of Purdue University Libraries, Karnes Archives and Special Collections as well as the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

On May 20, 1937, Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan took off from Oakland, California on the first leg of their historic round-the-world flight. They disappeared 43 days later while trying to locate tiny Howland Island in the remote Pacific. 83 years after Earhart’s disappearance her legend survives in the many individuals still searching for evidence of what happened to her on that fateful day in 1937.

With this photographic project, Matthew Arnold documents the environs that play host to the many theories which attempt to resolve the mystery of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance. The work presented here is from the first stage of Arnold’s project—a five-week expedition to the outer reaches of the Northern Mariana and Marshall Islands, photographing the seascapes and landscapes specific to the “Japanese Capture” theory. It is a theory that involves a forced landing in fortified Japanese territory followed by capture, imprisonment, and possible execution at the hands of their Imperial Navy.

RELATED EVENTS


Check back soon for related events tbd

American bomb crater on reef, Wotje Island, Wotje Atoll, Marshall Islands_Matthew Arnold

Matthew Arnold: American bomb crater on reef, Wotje Island, Wotje Atoll, Marshall Islands

Japanese pillbox dislodged by the sea, Taroa Island, Maloelap Atoll, Marshall Islands_Matthew Arnold

Matthew Arnold: Japanese pillbox dislodged by the sea, Taroa Island, Maloelap Atoll, Marshall Islands

Artist’s Statement

My photographic work explores our historical, personal, and cultural relationship to this increasingly small and complex world. I strive to connect the specificity and significance of history with the topography of the land on which the history is shaped and the experience of the individual on that land.

– Matthew Arnold

Japanese built seawall, Aineman Island, Jaluit Atoll, Marshall Islands_Matthew Arnold

Matthew Arnold: Japanese built seawall, Aineman Island, Jaluit Atoll, Marshall Islands

Elizabeth M. Claffey - Matrilinear #22

Matthew Arnold: Wave on the way to Milli Atoll, Marshall Islands

About the Artist

Matthew Arnold is an American photographer and his work has been exhibited and promoted widely in galleries and museums across the United States and around the world, including London, England, Venice, Italy and in Guatemala.

Recent projects include a monograph entitled, Topography Is Fate—North African Battlefields of World War II and Ghosts and the Longing for Amelia. Awards and honors include being named a Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Traveling Fellow; a Top 50 Emerging Photographer by LensCulture and an exhibitor at the Valid Foto Gallery in Barcelona, Spain. He was recently named a Photolucida 2020 Critical Mass Top 50 Photographer for the second time–this time for his Amelia Earhart project.

Arnold studied photography at the West Surrey College of Art and Design: London, England and is a graduate of The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. He was also a Visiting Lecturer at Columbia University, in New York City in 2015. Arnold currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

The jungle, Enedrik-Kan Island, Milli Atoll, Marshall Islands_Matthew Arnold

Matthew Arnold: The jungle, Enedrik-Kan Island, Milli Atoll, Marshall Islands

Press Telegram 3 July 1937

Archival images courtesy of Purdue University Libraries, Karnes Archives and Special Collections as well as the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

Details

Start:
December 4
End:
May 1, 2021
Event Categories:
,
Event Tags:
,

Venue

Gallery B