February 5 – April 3 | 2022
– Announcement of new event –
Deanna Dikeman’s book Leaving and Waving may be purchased from the Volland Online Store
Online conversation with the artist Deanna Dikeman and Mary Frances Ivey | Thursday | March 31 | 7 pm
The Volland Store presents a conversation with Deanna Dikeman, led by Mary Fraces Ivey, a PhD candidate in art history at the University of Kansas. Ms. Ivey’s current research focus is old age, aging, and ageism in art history, and she has been following Deanna’s work since 2019, when she began research for her dissertation, “Picturing Age in the Work of Five Contemporary American Women Artists.” Following remarks by Deanna and Mary Frances, there will be an opportunity to interact and ask questions.
For further details about programming during Leaving and Waving, please scroll to the bottom.
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LEAVING AND WAVING
A gesture, repeated 90 times shares a “story about family, aging, and the sorrow of saying goodbye.”
For 27 years Deanna Dikeman photographed her parents waving goodbye during visits to their suburban Sioux City, Iowa home. Across the nearly three-decade arc we witness the seasons’ turn, additions to the family, as well as losses. A through-line in the moments, played out 90 times, is the humanity felt from a simple gesture. All 90 departures are shown inside the gallery, while six are reproduced at a large scale and shown around Volland.
Much has been written and said about Deanna Dikeman’s Leaving and Waving. Articles in The New Yorker and Brooklyn Rail (to name just two) and podcast interviews, Analog Talk and Boldly Stated (two of several), give insight on Dikeman’s path to photography and the series. Dikeman has received much acclaim for the series, showing at Cortona on the Move festival in Cortona, Italy and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, François Mitterrand Library, Paris in 2021. In 2022, the series will be on exhibit in Campobasso, Italy (through March 5), in AIUla, Saudi Arabia (through March 31), and in Volland, Kansas (through April 3). The photographer, based in Kansas City and represented by Haw Contemporary, won the Association Gens d’Images’ Prix Nadar, and was shortlisted for Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation’s First PhotoBook Award.
You may purchase a copy of Leaving and Waving from the Volland Online Store
For twenty-seven years, I took photographs as I waved goodbye and drove away from visiting my parents at their home in Sioux City, Iowa. I started in 1991 with a quick snapshot, and I continued taking photographs with each departure. I never set out to make this series. I just took these photographs as a way to deal with the sadness of leaving. It gradually turned into our goodbye ritual. And it seemed natural to keep the camera busy, because I had been taking pictures every day while I was there. These photographs are part of a larger body of work I call “Relative Moments,” which has chronicled the lives of my parents and other relatives since 1986. When I discovered the series of accumulated “Leaving and Waving” photographs, I found a story about family, aging, and the sorrow of saying goodbye.
In 2009, there is a photograph where my father is no longer there. He passed away a few days after his ninety-first birthday. My mother continued to wave goodbye to me. Her face became more forlorn with my departures. In 2017, my mother had to move to assisted living. For a few months, I photographed the goodbyes from her apartment door. In October of 2017 she passed away. When I left after her funeral, I took one more photograph, of the empty driveway. For the first time in my life, no one was waving back at me.
– Deanna Dikeman
Deanna Dikeman by Peter Bloch
Deanna Dikeman was born in Sioux City, Iowa, USA, and currently resides in Kansas City. She has photographed her midwestern family and surroundings since 1985, when she left a corporate job to try a photography class. She earned M.S. and B.S. degrees from Purdue University. She received an Aaron Siskind Foundation Fellowship in 1996, and the United States Artists Booth Fellowship in 2008. Since 1988, Deanna has had seventeen solo shows and has been included in over 150 group and two-person shows. Her photographs have been public art projects in Kansas City, Missouri; St. Louis Missouri; and Albany, New York. “A Photographer’s Parents Wave Farewell” was one of the top 25 stories of 2020 in The New Yorker. Her work has also been published in Buzzfeed News JPG, Country Living, D la Repubblica, DUMMY, GUP, Harpers Magazine, M Le magazine du Monde, TAZ Berlin, Der Tagesspiegel Sonntag, The New York Times T Magazine, Réponses Photo, Slate Behold, theo, De Volkskrant Observatorium, and VOSTOK, among others. Her book Leaving and Waving was published by Chose Commune in March 2021, after being short-listed for the MACK 2020 First Book Award. The book received the 2021 Prix Nadar awarded by the Association Gens d’Images in France. The book also was a finalist for the 2021 Paris Photo/Aperture Foundation First PhotoBook Award. Photos from “Leaving and Waving” were shown at the Cortona on the Move festival in Cortona, Italy, and at Festival du Regard in Cergy, France, in 2021.
Join us for programming throughout Leaving and Waving
March 6 | 2 pm | Artist Talk and Book-signing
A conversation with Leaving and Waving photographer Deanna Dikeman, who will speak on how her snapshots turned into the series. This will be an opportunity to hear about her creative process, engage with her work, and meet Deanna. Inside, the gallery will show all 90 photographs in the series. Outside, six of Dikeman’s works will greet you as you enter and drive through Volland. Be sure to wave back.
March 27 | 2 pm | Book-signing by Ann Vigola Anderson, author of Posts of a Mid-Century Kid
The engaging author, whose new book about her childhood during (what seems now to be) a golden age, will be present to visit with you and sign her book. If you have been one of hundreds who have enjoyed her posts on Friends of the Flint Hills Facebook page, this is your chance to meet her in person. Posts of a Mid-Century Kid will be available for purchase, with proceeds to the artist. On March 28, the book will be available at the Volland Store Online, with proceeds to The Volland Foundation.
March 31 | 7 pm | Online Event
Conversation with Deanna Dikeman and Mary Frances Ivey, a PhD candidate, whose research focus is old age, aging, and ageism in art history. Ms. Ivey has been following Deanna’s work since 2019, when she began research for her dissertation, “Picturing Age in the Work of Five Contemporary American Women Artists.” There will be an opportunity to interact and ask questions following the remarks by Deanna and Mary Frances. Free admission. Link to recording on YouTube
For your protection, the safety of others, and the comfort of all guests, volunteers, and staff, masks are required inside the gallery. Free admission.