Front Room Gallery
147 roebling street
williamsburg, brooklyn, ny
open fri - sun
1 pm to 6 pm
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The Front Room Presents
Place And Time
June 6thâ€“June 29th
Reception: Friday June 6th, 7-9pm
Viewing hours: Fri-Sun 1-6 and by appointment Front Room Gallery
is pleased to present Edie Winograde's new solo exhibition, Time: Reenactment Pageant Photographs
. In this ongoing series Winograde has photographed reenactments of events in the history of Manifest Destiny and Westward Expansion, presented in their original locales. These reenactment pageants represent a unique window into the American psyche, combining historical facts, myths, and legends with theatrical devices to entertain and educate the local audiences. Ritualistic and cathartic in nature, these pageants often have profound significance to the communities that create/recreate them. They contain the specific history of the place filtered through current perceptions of this history, of self, and of others.
Winograde’s photographs tap into an American cultural memory, a visual memory created not so much through historical study but by television, movies and Western paintings. “Place In Time” creates a portrait of the present- day phenomenon of the reenactments as well as an impression of historical and legendary events, blurring the boundaries between now and then, history and imagination.
She does not stage these photographs herself. Winograde forgoes the grand production of the “directorial style” of photography. Rather than “events” that have been painstakingly orchestrated by a photographer and his/her crew, “Place in Time” contains the full cultural kick of townsfolk who have chosen of their own accord to dress as revolutionary soldiers, Indians, plainsmen, and explorers trotting up hillsides, and firing muskets at each other. Like us, the viewers, Winograde is a spectator.
Winograde confronts particularly American issues of truth and fiction. The absurdity of a citizenry attempting to accurately reproducing these monumental historical events is amplified by the verisimilitude captured in the camera lens. They sure look like photographs of Custer’s actual last stand, and shouldn’t we know, we saw the movie.
The Front Room is at 147 Roebling St. For more information please contact: Daniel Aycock (718) 782-2556 email@example.com image:
Edie Winograde: A Day in the Live of Lewis and Clark
and OTHER UPCOMING FRONT ROOM NEWS:
Don't miss the last days of Patricia Smith's
"City of One," at the Front Room, which closes this Sunday, June 1st. Kathleen Vance
and Philip Simmons
will be exhibiting on Governors Island with the Sculptor's Guild in "In-Site," opening next Sunday, June 8th and will last through October 1st. For more information go to sculptorsguild.org
Wavehill's exhibition "Sound the Alarm" featuring Sasha Bezzubov
ends this sunday. There will be a tour at 2pm featuring the artists. For information see www.wavehill.org/arts/sound_the_alarm.html
Also if you haven't seen it be sure to check out Sasha's recent interview on the Huffington Post: huffingtonpost.com/kimberly-brooks/the-art-of-global-warming_b_92798.html
and Sasha Bezzubov
and Jessica Sucher's
review in the Brooklyn Rail: brooklynrail.org/2008/05/artseen/sasha-bezzubov-and-jessica-sucher-the-searchers
And "Williamsburg Windows" with Ethan Crenson
and Amanda Alic
is at Rupert Ravens Contemporary through June 22nd in Newark. For more information please contact RRC at 973.353.0110 or rupertravens.net