Bringing together more than 80 pictures taken by American photographers from the 19th century to today, “(un)expected families” explores the definition of the American family—from the families we are born into to the ones we have chosen for ourselves. The works on view depict a wide range of relationships, including multiple generations, romantic unions, and alternative family structures. Using archival, vernacular, and fine art photographs, “(un)expected families” offers a variety of perspectives on the American family. The exhibition illustrates that the family has always taken diverse forms: affluent and destitute, cohesive and fractured, expected and unexpected. “(un)expected families” features celebrated practitioners like Tina Barney, Milton Rogovin, Tanja Hollander, Nan Goldin, Carrie Mae Weems, LaToya Ruby Frazier, and Harry Callahan.
Just as expressions like “corridors of the mind” and “window to the soul” illustrate a link between architecture and our inner world, the artists featured in Lived Space explore our psychological and physical attachments to the places we build and inhabit. In their work, interior rooms function as receptacles of memory, emotion, and identity. Some artworks show the human body merging with the built environment, while others present imaginary structures that exist solely in the artist’s mind. Drawn from deCordova’s permanent collection, the exhibition addresses our impulse to adapt and relate to our architectural surroundings, as well as the ways in which these spaces shape and inspire us.
Shown in the Dewey Family Gallery, Lived Space also considers deCordova’s architectural history, which has undergone several transformations since its original construction. Inspired by their travels abroad, museum founders Julian and Lizzie de Cordova remodeled their summer home in 1910 to resemble a European castle. When the building became a contemporary art museum in 1950, the gallery transitioned from a private to public space. These architectural shifts, prompted by Julian and Lizzie’s personal history, dreams, and passions, suggest an intimate exchange between humans and their spaces that extends far beyond one of basic needs.
On Sunday, June 3, 2018 from 3-5 pm, I’ll be signing books at Woodford F&B, my favorite Portland restaurant and bar. Happy to be hosted by Birch, Fayth, Courtney and the whole Woodford F&B family. Come say hello, grab a book, a snack, a drink and talk friendship!
Join us for the L.A. screening of the Alumni Reel!
Thursday, February 22, 2018
7:00 p.m.: Screening of 32 short clips from Hampshire College Alumni, followed by a talk by Are you really my friend? executive producer/cinematographer/photographer Tanja Hollander 90F and producer/director Robin Greenspun
8:30 p.m.: Reception and Book Signing with Tanja Hollander, with drinks and light hors d’oeuvres
Tanja Hollander is a Maine-based portrait and landscape photographer. Sections of her six-year Are you really my friend? project have been exhibited at the Portland (Maine) Museum of Art, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (Lincoln, Massachusetts), Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, and the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum (Dresden, Germany). The project was shown in its entirety at MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts, in 2017.
Robin Greenspun has enjoyed a diverse career in media and the arts spanning more than 40 years. Along with her husband, Danny Greenspun 73S, Robin owns the internationally acclaimed CineVegas Film Festival and was its president until its hiatus, in 2010. In addition, the Greenspuns were partners in Stone Village Pictures, a production company specializing in adapting literary works, such as Love in the Time of Cholera, Empire Falls, Penelope, and The Lincoln Lawyer, into motion pictures.
Space is limited, so please register by Thursday, February 15.
The Alumni Reel is a curated collection of short film, television, and video clips showcasing the vision and creativity of our alums who work across these media
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Cinefemmes presents a special screening of documentary "Are You Really My Friend?" directed by local filmmaker and Nevada Woman Filmmaker of the Year 2016, Robin Greenspun (Semicolon; The Adventures of Ostomy Girl.)
Synopsis: Maine-based photographer Tanja Alexia Hollander set out to differentiate the actual from the virtual by photographing all 626 of her Facebook friends. Since then, she has traveled across the globe, setting up in-person meetings in her friends' homes to discover the ways in which friendship is defined, and how permission is granted into one's private-yet also very public-online life.
The director Robin Greenspun and artist/subject Tanja Alexia Hollander will be in attendance to answer questions from the audience.
This event is free and open to the public.
Write a post-it note and pick up a book throughout the run of Art Basel Miami Beach!
Are you really my friend? will be open at MGM Resorts Lounge in Art Basel Collector's Lounge (VIP pass holders only) and the MGM Resorts Lounge at the Botanical Garden (open to the public) during regular hours:
Private Day (by invitation only)
Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 11am to 8pm
Vernissage (by invitation only)
Thursday, December 7, 2017, 11am to 3pm
Thursday, December 7, 2017, 3pm to 8pm - Signing 3-4:30 Collector's Lounge
Friday, December 8, 2017, 12 noon to 8pm - Signing 12-1:30 Botanical Garden
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 12 noon to 8pm
Sunday, December 10, 2017, 12 noon to 6pm
What began as a personal documentary on friendship and environmental portraiture has turned into an exploration of contemporary culture, relationships, generosity and compassion, family structure, community-building, storytelling, meal-sharing, the economy and class, the relationship between technology and travel in the 21st century, social networking, memory, and the history of the portrait. To accomplish this, Hollander follows in the footsteps of the Farm Security Administration photographers, such as Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange, who documented the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. She is also informed by Robert Frank’s The Americans, an iconic book of photography from 1958, which documents postwar America. Like these historic photographers, Hollander has set out to see America and the world. She is recording how society uses photography, the portrait, and social media to create and define a 21st-century existence.
While Hollander has presented segments of this working project at galleries and museums throughout the world, Are you really my friend? premieres in its entirety at MASS MoCA. Visitors to the museum can expect to find a mix of photographs, video, data visualization/mining, travelogue, and landscape images, along with an interactive element that asks viewers to define what a real friend means to them. In the end, the project, while rooted in Facebook, goes beyond the superficial to explore ideas of interpersonal connections, travel, and community in today’s world.