New York Photo Review
NYPR Archives - 2010

Extended Family: Contemporary Connections
Lew Schwartz
Mitch Epstein, “Dad, Hampton Pond III”, 2002

This eclectic offering of loosely thematic galleries from the Museum's contemporary collection contains three points of interest for lovers of photography. The first is Mitch Epstein's large print of his elderly father. Immersed in the waters of a lake he had known since childhood, a wedding ring and a bandage on his inner arm prominently shown, he becomes perhaps a too intimate personification of time, loss, and family.

The second highlight is more subtle and sophisticated. Lorraine O'Grady's "Miscegenated Family Album" is a post-modern series of prints in 16 frames covering 3 walls of the third gallery. Each frame contains 2 prints advancing the idea that the artist's relationship to, and loss of her sister, parallels the lives of pharaonic Queen Nefertiti and her sister, Mutnedjmet. The artist has not falsely ennobled herself by this comparison; when one takes time to learn that history can only be understood through the lens of our own hearts and experience.

Next, walk around the corner to view a miscellany of single prints from various photographers, Tony Gleaton's Belizian beauty “Black Girl, White Flower” in particular illuminates this wall. – We can't wait for the museum to mount the contemporary photography show it so obviously contains in its vaults.

 by unidentified photographer.
Lorraine O’Grady, Sisters I (L: Nefertiti, R: Devonia), 2009

Extended Family: Contemporary Connections

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