GRACE: Gender - Race - Identity

January 3 – February 22, 2019

Fatemeh Baigmoradi

Fatemeh Baigmoradi
Selected works from the series It's Hard to Kill, 2017

Fatemeh Baigmoradi

Fatemeh Baigmoradi
From the series It's Hard to Kill, 2017

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol
Self-Portrait in Drag, 1981

Andy Warhol
Fairy, circa 1954

Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus
Max Maxwell Landar, Uncle Sam, New York, NY, 1961

Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus
Boy in a Man's Hat, New York City, 1956

Jess Dugan

Jess Dugan
Dee Dee Ngozi, 55, Atlanta, GA, 2016

Jess Dugan

Jess Dugan
Caprice, 55, Chicago, IL, 2015

Jess Dugan

Jess Dugan
Hank, 76, and Samm, 67, Little Rock, AR, 2015

Jess Dugan

Jess Dugan
Jay, 59, New York, NY, 2015

Robert Calafiore

Robert Calafiore
Untitled (Figure Diptych), 2008-2011

Adál Mara Pastor, 1987 Puerto Ricans Underwater

Adál
Mara Pastor, 1987
from the series Puerto Ricans Underwater

Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman
Untitled Self-Portrait, 1975

Jess Dugan

Gay Block
Pieter and Joyce Miedema, The Netherlands, 1988
from the series Rescuers: Portraits of Moral
Courage in the Holocaust

Jess Dugan

Gay Block
Maria Countess Von Maltzman, Germany, 1988
from the series Rescuers: Portraits of MoralCourage in the Holocaust

Gay Block

Gay Block
Adele Defarges, France, 1988
from the series Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust

Zanele Muholi

Zanele Muholi
Charmain Carrol Parktown, Johannesburg, 2013

Zanele Muholi

Zanele Muholi
Se bo Shabalala, Umlazi, Durban, 2011

Zanele Muholi

Zanele Muholi
Lerato Dumse, Kwa Thema, Springs, Johannesburg, 2010

Zanele Muholi

Zanele Muholi
Makhethi Sebenzile Ndaba, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, 2010

Neal Slavin Muslim Women Praying

Neal Slavin
Muslim Women Bowing, New York City, 2014

Neal Slavin

Neal Slavin
Hindu Temple, Brooklyn, 2016

Neal Slavin

Neal Slavin
Convocation, Lubavitcher Rebbe, Brooklyn, 2011

Kazuo Sumida

Kazuo Sumida
Show Time, 1984-1990
from the series Tosa Late Night Diary

Denis Darzacq

Denis Darzacq
Maloyn Chatelin, Brest, Finistere, France, 2010

Denis Darzacq

Denis Darzacq
Jack Riley, Bradford, West Yorkshire, U.K., 2011

Denis Darzacq

Denis Darzacq
Group, West Yorkshire, U.K., 2011

Julie Mack

Julie Mack
Family Portrait, Michigan, 2007

Amy Ritter

Amy Ritter
Little Wolf Circle I, 2017

Amy Ritter

Amy Ritter
Little Wolf Circle II, 2017

Amy Ritter

Amy Ritter
Little Wolf Circle III, 2017

Bruce Wrighton

Bruce Wrighton
Woman with Oversized Glasses, Binghamton, 1987

Bruce Wrighton

Bruce Wrighton
Newlyweds at Carnival, Owego Fair, NY, 1987

Bruce Wrighton

Bruce Wrighton
Chaplain Carrie and Friend, Binghamton, NY, 1987

Val Telberg

Val Telberg
Self-Portrait, c. 1948

Val Telberg

Val Telberg
Self-Portrait, c. 1945-1948

Val Telberg

Val Telberg
Self-Portrait, c. 1945-1948
from the Long Night group

Gary Brotmeyer

Gary Brotmeyer
Staghound (The Sporting Scenes), 1987

Gary Brotmeyer

Gary Brotmeyer
Putto, 1992

Dennis Farber

Dennis Farber
Untitled, c. 1992
 

Dennis Farber

Dennis Farber
Untitled, c. 1992

Dennis Farber

Dennis Farber
Untitled, c. 1992

Dennis Farber

Dennis Farber
Untitled, c. 1992

Melanie Walker Miss Choice

Melanie Walker
Mis-Choice, 1990

Melanie Walker Miss-Allegiance, 1990

Melanie Walker
Miss-Allegiance, 1990

Melanie Walker ​Mis-Understood, 1989

Melanie Walker
Mis-Understood, 1989

Press Release

Laurence Miller Gallery is pleased to present GRACE, a group exhibition featuring nineteen artists that embrace one of our most important conversations today regarding how people see themselves and others within the larger social fabric.  Historically many artists have addressed these issues (two works each by Diane Arbus, Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman will be featured), though more often than not as a comment on others rather than about themselves.  Paradoxically, as we become more interconnected globally through technology, we at the same time are looking more deeply into defining our individual personas within social alliances.

Iranian born Fatemeh Baigmoradi in her recent series It’s Hard to Kill burned family photographs to understand what her parents felt when they had to destroy the family archive out of fear of being jailed by the newly empowered Ayatollah and his Islamic state.  Jess Dugan’s portraits of transgender and gender nonconforming older adults are stunning and sensitive works from her series and book titled To Survive on This Shore.  The accompanying texts are vulnerable, honest, and revelatory.

Denis Darzacq from Paris did an extensive collaboration, titled ACT, engaging young adults with disabilities.  Many of the participants included actors, athletes, and dancers, and the joy and freedom they express challenges many of our preconceptions of people we label “disabled.”  Japanese photographer Kazuo Sumida, upon the death of his father, often wandered into the night seeking solace, and found himself in a gay cabaret only to discover his uncle was a transgender performer.  By using infrared film, he was able to capture the poignancy of the denizens’ intimacy, rituals, sadness and joy without disrupting the scene.

Julie Mack explores her role within her family, Amy Ritter confronts how her identity was defined by growing up in a mobile home community.  South African Zanele Muholi in her series Faces and Phases celebrates and commemorates black lesbians, to remedy traditional black queen invisibility.

Also featured will be Gay Block’s portraits of European Holocaust rescuers; Gary Brotmeyer’s humorous photobased portrait collages; Yasumasa Morimura’s self-portrayals; Neal Slavin’s portraits of groups in prayer;  Bruce Wrighton’s sharply focused portraits from Binghamton, NY; Melanie Walker’s role-playing self-portraits;  Dennis Farber’s Polaroid montages blending external and hidden desires; Adal’s protest to Puerto Rican’s being submerged in debt; and Robert Calafiore’s pinhole odalisques referencing the male nude in classical art with poses that display a vulnerability uncommon in cultural depictions of masculinity.