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PAST EXHIBITIONS

Group Exhibitions

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, Chicago Cabinet: Views from the Street, October 6–January 16, 2011

 

Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA, Photography Collectors Choice, 2003–2004

 

Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL, What you were thinking, 2002–2003

 

Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL,

The Landscape We Make, 2001

 

Chicago in the year 2000, Chicago, IL, 2000

 

Michael Price Gallery, Boston, MA, Three Photographers, 1999

 

Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL, Photography’s Multiple Roles, 1998–1999

 

Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL, Illinois Photographers in the Nineties: The Midwest Photographers Project, 1996–1997

 

Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL, When Aaron Met Harry: Chicago Photography 1946/1971, 1996

 

Davenport Museum of Art, Davenport, IA, Three Decades of Midwestern Photography, 1992

 

University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, The Photographer and the Railroad, 1989

 

The Witkin Gallery, New York, NY, Trains, Boats and Planes, 1988

 

Illinois State University, Normal, IL, 1987; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1987, Road and Roadside

 

Norton Center for the Arts, Danville, KY, Master American Photographers, 1986

 

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, Chicago: The Architectural City, 1983

 

The Friedens Gallery, New York, NY, Chicago  Photographers, 1982

 

The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, Industrial Sites, 1979

 

Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH, By the Side of the Road, 1978

 

The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, The River, 1976–1977

 

Kodak Gallery, New York, NY, The Face of Industry, 1976

 

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, Photography in the Fine Arts, 1967

Since 1952, when he began to photograph steam locomotives, David Plowden has studied, documented, and commented upon the transformation of America. He has described himself as “an archeologist with a camera” who has spent his life “one step ahead of the wrecking ball.” 

—from the Beinecke Library website

 

Solo Exhibitions

Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY, David Plowden, Vanishing Point (celebrating 75 years), April – May 2008

 

Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL, David Plowden, Vanishing Point (celebrating 75 years), Nov – Dec 2007

 

O. Winston Link Museum, Roanoke, VA, David Plowden, selected works, April 2007

Brickton Art Center, Park Ridge, IL, A Handful of Dust, October– December 2006

Peter Fetterman Photographic Works of Art, Santa Monica, CA, 2004–2005

COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts, Napa, CA, Barns, 2004

Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL, David Plowden: Photographs, 2002

Peter Fetterman Photographic Works of Art, Santa Monica, CA, 2001

The Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY, Passage: A Forty-Year Retrospective, 2000

The Spheris Gallery, Walpole, NH, 1999

Tatar-Alexander Photographic Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, 1999

Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, 1998

The Craven Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA, 1998

Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL, 1998

 

The Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY, Imprints: The Photographs of David Plowden, 1997–1998

 

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, CT, Imprints David Plowden A Retrospective, 1997

 

The Bayly Museum, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, American Views, 1997

The University of Miami, School of Architecture, Miami, FL, 1996

Kathleen Ewing Gallery, Washington, DC, Small Town America, 1994

The Muskegon Museum of Art, Grand Valley State University, End of an Era, 1993

Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL, Natural History Il, 1990

The University of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, 1989

 

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, Washington, DC, A Sense of Place, 1989

 

Iowa State Museum, Des Moines, IA, A Sense of Place, 1988–1989

Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI, 1988

Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, Buffalo, NY, 1987–1988

Burchfield Center, Buffalo, NY,  The Lake, 1987–1988

Kunstmuseum, Luzern, Switzerland, in conjunction with The International Festival of Music, 1987

The Martin Gallery, Washington, DC, Rural America, 1987

The Cleveland Children’s Museum, Cleveland, OH, Bridges, 1986–1989​

University of Maryland, Catonsville, MD, 1985

Chicago History Museum, Chicago, IL, Industrial Landscape of Chicago, 1985​

The California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside, CA, 1982–1983

The University of Virginia, College of Architecture, Charlottesville, VA, 1982

The Federal Hall Museum, National Park Service, New York, NY, 1982

Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL, 1982

The Gilbert Gallery, Ltd., Chicago, IL, 1981 & 1980

Cincinnati Art Academy, Cincinnati, OH, 1979

The Witkin Gallery, New York, NY, 1979

The Smithsonian Institution, Performing Arts Division, Washington, DC, Railroad Men, 1976

The International Center of Photography, New York, NY, American Vernacular, 1976

Columbia University, New York, NY, The Route of Lincoln’s Funeral Train, 1965