A talk with Molly Landreth & Tema Stauffer
held in conjunction with the concurrent CCNY exhibition
Friday, November 18, 2011, 7pm
at the CCNY Studio
Free admission. Seating is limited.
The Arts Building
336 West 37th Street, Suite 206
As part of the Other Places exhibition, CCNY presents a talk with artist Molly Landreth, with an introduction by curator Tema Stauffer. Landreth will present both work from the Embodiment: A Portrait of Queer Life in America series, as well as other bodies of work.
About Other Places
Other Places, guest curated by Tema Stauffer, and featuring Kaucyila Brooke, Omar Gámez, Kerstin Honeit, Doug Ischar, and Molly Landreth, brings together different generations of international artists whose photographs contribute to a dialogue about individuals and communities—past and present—existing in social and political margins based on sexuality and sexual identity. A selection of work by five artists from the United States, Mexico and Germany serves as a foundation for examination of each of their larger series and continuing practices.
About Molly Landreth & Tema Stauffer
Embodiment: A Portrait of Queer Life in America is a series of photographs is an archive and a journey through a rapidly changing community and the lives of people who offer brave new visions of what it means to be queer in America today. Stopping in churches, parks, high school classrooms, back yards and bedrooms, I have collaborated with individuals from both urban and rural areas for over six years. With this ever-growing archive of portraits, I aim to highlight a national experience while acknowledging its many diverging, overlapping and at times conflicting parts.
Created as a joint effort with participants who boldly stand in front of my lens, Embodiment reveals images of love and survival, the process of growing into one’s self, creative forms of gender expression and the ever-changing anatomy of a family. It is my hope that these photographs will become a lasting archive for generations to come.
— Molly Landreth
Molly Landreth is a Seattle-based artist who explores concepts of identity and community by way of intimate large-format film photography and multi-media collaboration. She has been recently featured in the New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, Time Magazine’s Lens Blog and in The Advocate for her work on “queer America.” Landreth holds an MFA in Photography, Video, and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts, New York; and a BA in Studio Art from Scripps College in California. She is faculty at The Photographic Center Northwest + Seattle University.
Guest Curator Tema Stauffer is a photographer, writer and curator for Culturehall, an online resource for contemporary art founded in 2008. She graduated from Oberlin College in 1995 and received an MFA in photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1998. Her work has been exhibited at Jen Bekman Gallery and Daniel Cooney Fine Art Gallery in New York, as well as galleries and institutions nationally and internationally. Stauffer teaches at the International Center of Photography and Ramapo College, and co-taught a photography workshop at Toxico Cultura in Mexico City. She also writes a blog about photography, PalmAire, and contributes to Mana Contemporary’s Log. In 2010, she was awarded an AOL 25 for 25 Grant for innovation in the arts.
CCNY‘s guest–curated exhibitions are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.