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Birthday Club: a conversation around Yale, Photography and Feminism

Temps de lecture estimé : 6mins

Lors de sa dernière conversation, Raphael Shammaa interrogeait la photographe américaine Tanya Marcuse dont les travaux sont actuellement présentés à l’ICP à l’occasion de l’exposition collective « Actual Size ! Photography at Life Scale » curatée par David Campany. Elle y évoquait un cercle d’amies très proches – les membres du Birthday Club, cinq femmes photographes diplômées de Yale à la même époque. Cette nouvelle rencontre réunit ces cinq femmes !

THIS VIDEO CONVERSATION IS IN ENGLISH ONLY.
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Left to right:
Tanya Marcuse, Mary Berridge, Laura Letinsky, Marion Belanger, Ann Burke Daly, Jennette
Williams, 2015

Image of members sorting and moving one another’s prints accross a table at Jennette’s Shelter Island’s summer house – image fronting the group’s site caption attached

Depuis qu’elles se sont rencontrées à Yale à la fin des années 80 pendant leurs études de photographie, Marion Belanger, Mary Berridge, Ann Burke Daly, Laura Letinsky, Tanya Marcuse et Jennette Williams (1952-2017) se sont réunies pour discuter d’œuvres d’art, d’idées, du monde de l’art et de la vie quotidienne. Leurs rencontres ont commencé il y a trente ans et se sont formalisées au fil du temps pour devenir ce collectif, axé sur le dialogue et la critique, le co-mentoring, les visites de studio et le maintien de leur vie créative au sein d’une communauté.

https://birthdayclubproject.com/

Tracie, from the series A Positive Life: Portraits of Women Living with HIV, 1996 © Mary Berridge

Graham Wrestling with his Cousin, from the series Visible Spectrum: Portraits from the World of Autism, 2015 © Mary Berridge

Mary Berridge earned an MFA from Yale; her work has been exhibited in many venues including the Museum of Modern Art in NY and the De Young Museum in San Francisco. She has received several awards- among them are: a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lange-Taylor Prize, and an Aaron Siskind Fellowship. Her latest book is Visible Spectrum: Portraits from the World of Autism (Kehrer, 2021).
https://www.maryberridge.com/

Ann Burke Daly. Restless Language, Restlessly Yours (002). Maquette for Time-Based Installation, 2019/2021. Size variable, here: 96 photographs, 192″ x 108”

Ann Burke Daly. Restless Language, Restlessly Yours (003). Maquette for Time-Based Installation, 2019/2021. Size variable, here: 92 photographs, 184″ x 108”

Ann Burke Daly is an Interdisciplinary artist. She is a fellow of the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program and earned an MFA in painting from Yale. The Los Angeles Times, ArtForum, ArtPress, and Performing Arts Journal have reviewed her work. El Pais featured her current project Half-Life. Ann’s awards include a Yaddo residency, an Art Matters Foundation fellowship, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant. Her conceptually based installations have been exhibited internationally including at Uppsala Konstmuseum Sweden, Akademie der Kunste, Berlin, Centre Pompidou in Paris, and at White Columns and the Drawing Center in New York.
https://www.annburkedaly.net/

Untitled (l&e), Venus Inferred series, 1993
© Laura Letinsky

Untitled 12, Ill Form and Void Full series, 2012 © Laura Letinsky

Laura L. Letinsky received an MFA from Yale in photography, is an artist and a professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago. Her work is included in the collection of the Getty Museum, the Kunst Museum, Stuttgart, the Musee des Beaux-Arts, Montral, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Awards include the Canada Council International Residency, The Canada Council Project Grants, The Anonymous Was a Woman Award, and the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.
https://lauraletinsky.com/

Rift 26, 2007. From Rift / Fault Pigment print 24”x30” © Marion Belanger

Untitled. From Wired Forest, 2018. Pigment print, Each image is 22” x 27.5” © Marion Belanger

Marion Belanger photographs the cultural landscape, particularly where shifting identities of place are in flux. She has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Scandinavian Foundation the State of Connecticut, and the Kittredge Foundation, among others. She is the author of Rift/Fault (Radius Books, 2016). Recently, she and collaborator Martha Lewis created a permanent public art installation that used historic agricultural archives at the Connecticut Agricultural Experimental Station.
The artist earned a M.F.A. from the Yale University School of Art and she teaches at the Hartford Art School and Wesleyan University.
http://www.marionbelanger.com

Nº 26 Fruitless,
Pigment print,
54 x 44” 2006 © Tanya Marcuse

Nº 4a Book of Miracles,
UV Pigment on dibond, 62 x 124” 2021© Tanya Marcuse

Tanya Marcuse began making photographs as an early college student at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.  She went on to study Art History and Studio Art at Oberlin and earned her MFA from Yale. Her photographs are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the George Eastman Museum, among others.  In 2002, she received a Guggenheim fellowship. Tanya’s books include Undergarments and Armor (2005), Wax Bodies, (2012) and Fruitless|Fallen|Woven (2019) and INK (2021). She teaches Photography at Bard College.
http://www.tanyamarcuse.com

from The Bathers, Platinum Print, 11 x 14” 2002 © Jennette Williams

from Family Pictures, Gelatin-silver print 11 x 14” 1999 © Jennette Williams

Jennette Williams (1952-2017) received an MFA from Yale University in photography. She was a multi award-winning photographer, receiving, among other accolades, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2000, to pursue her project « The Bathers, » later published as part of the Honickman First Book Award from Duke University.  She would publish two further books. Her photographs are in collections of The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery.  She taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
http://www.honickmanfoundation.org/arts/photography/williams.php

A LIRE :
Conversation avec la photographe américaine Tanya Marcuse

INFORMATIONS PRATIQUES
Actual Size!Photography at Life Scale
Jusqu’au 2 mai 2022
International Center of Photography
79 Essex Street
New York, NY 10002
https://www.icp.org/
http://tanyamarcuse.com/

Raphael Shammaa
Raphael Shammaa est né au Caire, en Égypte. Il est arrivé à Paris pour étudier l'art et l'architecture à l'Ecole des Beaux Arts. Il se passionne rapidement pour la photographie, et décide d'intégrer l'école de photographie à Vevey, en Suisse. Il se dirige dans la photographie publicitaire et dans le luxe. Au début des années 60, il décide de vivre le rêve américain, il emménage donc à New York.

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