Wednesday, December 14, 2011

"NYC Family Album" Photo Exhibition Taking Place at Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education

Here is news on a photo exhibition taking place on our borough starting on January 12th. For those interested in the Boogiedown photography scene please do read on.


Name: NYC Family Album
Photographs by Nancy Linn

Dates: Thursday, January 12th, 7:00 pm (Opening); Runs from January 12, 2012-February 17, 2012
Location: Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, 928 Simpson Street, Bronx, NY 10459
Take the 6 Train to Hunts Point
Take the 2 or 5 to Simpson St

Bronx, NY (December 14th, 2011) -- Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education is proud to present NYC Family Album: Photographs by Nancy Linn. This photo exhibition runs from January 12, 2012 through February 17, 2012, with an opening reception on Thursday, January 12th, 2012.

The photographs in this exhibition were taken when Nancy Linn worked in parenting programs for young families in New York City. The basic purpose of the photographs was to encourage the parents' continued involvement in the program. Photographs were made during each visit and prints given to the family when they returned. Receiving positive images of their children and having a tangible record of their close relationships also helped deepen the feelings of attachment the parents felt towards their families, while contribution to their development of stable, satisfying inner representations of themselves and their child.

Through public display the photographs move beyond their private, domestic impact to effectively shatter stereotypes. They are filled with the beauty of the individuals and illuminate the relational richness of each family. By presenting a range of unique family stories they reveal the universal experience of parental love.

Nancy Linn is a New York based socially engaged photographer and book artist who is most well-known for her sympathetic, revealing and impassioned portraits of young families, children and mothers. Much of her practice as an artist has been informed by her work with New York City social services and health agencies. She has been featured in many exhibitions, including: SNIPER’S NEST: ART THAT HAS LIVED WITH LUCY R. LIPPARD, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, 1996); CHILDREN’S BOOKS BY ARTISTS, Printed Matter (New York, 1995); VISIBLE MEANS OF SUPPORT, The Wadsworth Atheneum, (Hartford, Connecticut, 1994); OPEN MIND: THE LEWITT COLLECTION, The Wadsworth Atheneum, (Hartford, Connecticut, 1991); HOMELESS: THE STREET & OTHER VENUES organized by Martha Rosler, Dia Art Foundation (New York, 1989); AIDS AND DEMOCRACY: A CASE STUDY curated by Group Material, Dia Art Foundation (New York, 1988); INSERTS, a booklet dropped into the The Sunday New York Times by Group Material (New York, 1988); and A.D.: CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE curated by Group Material (New York, 1983). She has had many solo exhibitions in New York and around the country and published three books of photographs, The Baby Book (1983), Madonna and Child (1984), and Early Photography (1994). Between 1980 and 1983 she was the Director of Printed Matter, and between 1976 and 1978 she catalogued the Sam Wagstaff photography collection, a project that culminated in the publication of "A Book of Photographs". Born and raised in the midwest, Nancy Linn moved to New York upon graduating from Cranbrook Academy of Art with a Masters of Fine Arts in photography in 1974.

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