Untitled, 2019
In Conversation: Dannielle Bowman and Seph Rodney

Thursday, January 30th | 6pm
This conversation is free to attend by RSVP and will take place at 126 Baxter St.
Please RSVP to baxterst@cameraclubny.org.
Suggested Donation $5

To commemorate 2019 Workspace Resident Dannielle Bowman’s exhibition, Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York is pleased to host a conversation between Workspace Resident Dannielle Bowman and Senior Editor at Hyperallergic Seph Rodney on Thursday January 30th, at 6 pm. Bowman’s show, What Had Happened, is currently on view until February 1st, 2020

Bowman’s work investigates the histories of people left out of the grand historical narratives with which we are more familiar. Previous to this project, she photographed monuments, artifacts of antiquity, and landscapes of historical significance in the U.S. In What Had Happened, Bowman returns to where she grew up (the Baldwin Hills, Inglewood, and Crenshaw neighborhoods of Los Angeles, CA), opening her own history to ask questions about the role location and landscape play in personal evolution. 

The images recall the events, objects, and sites that mold us in order to explore themes of displacement, family history, and notions of home. Bowman asks how we remember what has marked us in a place we once called home and how that place informs who we are in the present.

Memories of place are nuanced, emotional, atmospheric, historical, and geographical; when we return to these sites they are never exactly as remembered and fail to fully complete the retelling of history. 

In these photographs the passing of time reveals itself in the shadows drifting over a backyard, in a carpeted staircase worn by years of feet treading its fibers, in the shifting earth cracking the sidewalk that lays over it. The double exposures and repeated imagery draw attention to the way that time alters our perception of locations. Collectively the images render parts of ourselves and the place we once called home lost to time.

Dannielle Bowman (b. 1989) is a visual artist working with photography. Bowman received a BFA from the Cooper Union and an MFA in Photography from the Yale School of Art, where she was awarded the Richard Benson Prize. Bowman has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, as well as PICTURE BERLIN, in Berlin, Germany. Exhibiting her photographs in the United States and internationally, Bowman lives and works in New York.

Seph Rodney, PhD, is a staff writer and editor for Hyperallergic and has written for CNN, MSNBC, American Craft magazine, and other publications. He has appeared on AM Joy with Joy Reid and will appear on the Jim Jefferies show in the fall. He is featured on the podcast The American Age.

Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York operates as a 501(c)3 arts organization and is located at 126 Baxter St and 128 Baxter St. Its programming and exhibitions are supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Jerome Foundation, The Tierney Family Foundation, Steven Amedee Fine Custom Framing, Fujifilm of North America, The Puffin Foundation Ltd., Yarden Winery, and Awagami Factory. Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York is W.A.G.E. certified. The Conversations Series is supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.