Laurie Simmons: In and Around the House

Laurie Simmons, “Woman Listening to the Radio”, 1978, b/w photograph. Courtesy of Carolina Nitsch Contemporary Art.

In and Around the House, the first comprehensive survey of early black and white photographs by Art21 artist Laurie Simmons (Season 4), opens tomorrow at Carolina Nitsch Project Room in New York. An opening reception with the artist takes place tonight from 5-7pm. The exhibition is on view through June 28, 2008.

From the website:

“This seminal body of work [made between 1976-78] put Simmons at the forefront of a new generation of artists, predominantly women, whose photographic works began a new dialogue in contemporary art.

The use of set-up photography combined with the notion of child play – the images were shot in the rooms and before the facades of disassembled dollhouses – enabled Simmons to control perception and make reference to both general stereotypes and her own personal memories. As she arranged and rearranged the small vignettes, consisting of female dolls, dollhouse furnishings, miniature props and postcards, she was in her own words ‘… looking for the way your memory white-washes the image when you think about something from the past – making it far more perfect’.”

Carolina Nitsch Project Room is located at 534 West 22nd Street, New York, NY. Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11am to 6 pm.

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Nicole J. Caruth is the digital content editor at ART21. Her writing has appeared in a range of publications, including ARTnews, Big Red & Shiny, C Magazine, Gastronomica, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Public Art Review, and the Phaidon Press books Vitamin Green and Vitamin D2. A regular contributor to this site since 2008, she joined the ART21 staff in 2013.

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