“Longing for Amelia – The Historical and Mythological Landscape” by Matthew Arnold debuted at Galerie XII on Saturday, June 11, 2022, and will run through September 3, 2022. As always, remember to check with the gallery for up-to-date covid protocols and guidelines – (proof of vaccination and masks MAY be required).

Matthew Arnold is an American landscape photographer whose work strives to connect the significance of history with the topography of the land on which the history is shaped. His work has been exhibited and promoted widely across the United States and around the world in galleries and museums.

On July 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan disappeared during the third to the last of 32 legs of her heroic but ill-fated attempt to be the first woman to circumnavigate the globe by airplane. The last confirmed radio transmission came when Earhart and Noonan said they were nearly 200 miles from Howland Island. There was no further contact. Eighty-four years after Earhart’s disappearance, only theories remain, yet her legend survives in the many individuals still searching for evidence of what happened to her on that fateful day in 1937.

What is it that keeps us still so captivated with Earhart? Is it an admiration for her bold fearlessness as an aviator in industry and era dominated by men? Is the mythology surrounding her disappearance so intriguing because she disappeared in such a remote and unknown environment to most Westerners? Is it the undeniable romance of an almost archetypal tragedy—a 20th-century Icarus? Or is it because it occurred under such extraordinary circumstances, only a few years prior to the beginning of the Second World War?

With this new exhibition, Matthew Arnold documents the environs that play host to, and the science used to support the multiple theories which attempt to resolve the mystery of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance.

On view: June 11 – September 3, 2022

What: “Longing for Amelia – The Historical and Mythological Landscape,” Matthew Arnold
Where: Galerie XII, Bergamot Station, #B2, 2525 Michigan Ave., SM, 90405
Website: https://www.galeriexii.com