JIM

WISEMAN

1947-2021

 

Following a photography workshop at Center of the Eye in Aspen, Colorado, a twenty-year old Jim Wiseman photographed Quicksilver Messenger Service at Washington University, St. Louis. Those photos published in the underground newspaper Xanadu gained him an invitation to go onstage and photograph Jimi Hendrix in November 1968. You could say, Jimi changed his life. 

 

Jim had witnessed first hand one of the greatest performers of his or any generation, and it forever changed the way he thought of live performance. 

 

Jim’s interest in experimental photography led him to an invitation to photograph Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead. Other assignments and opportunities included Joe Cocker, The Who, and The Rolling Stones, where Jim was protected onstage during the now infamous Altamont concert. 

 

A well-regarded video artist, Jim was a student of Nam June Paik, and became an early adopter of the Pak/Abe Video Synthesizer which he used in performance, gallery shows, and on television during the 1970s and 80s. 

 

Jim received his BFA from the California Institute of the Arts, and his MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. HIs works have been exhibited at MOMA, Paris Museum of Modern Art, Long Beach Museum of Art, Walker Center Minneapolis, and gallery shows across the country.