Exhibitions

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

 The Alice Austen House is a living, breathing photographic museum. In addition to the permanent exhibition exploring the life and photographic legacy of Alice Austen we curate three changing contemporary exhibitions per year. These changing exhibitions explore essential intersections between Austen’s work and contemporary themes in art and journalistic photography.

 

The Alice Austen House is a living, breathing photographic museum. In addition to the permanent exhibition exploring the life and photographic legacy of Alice Austen we curate three changing contemporary exhibitions per year. These changing exhibitions explore essential intersections between Austen’s work and contemporary themes in art and journalistic photography.

 

Past Exhibitions

Past
Exhibitions

Check back for an updated archive of the exhibitions from the past 3 years.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Upcoming
Exhibitions

Trans Images in Photography

March–June 2021

Timed to coincide with Trans Day of Visibility on March 31, Trans Images in Photography will be curated in partnership with Dr. Eliza Steinbock of Leiden University, the Netherlands. Dr. Steinbock’s work in cultural analysis investigates visual culture mediums like film, digital media, and photography, with a special focus on dimensions of race, gender and sexuality. Though trans portraiture nominally includes a wide swath of gender nonconformity and variance, far more often cisgender artists prefer to depict trans people presenting themselves in costume, like Caitlyn Jenner in a corset, rather than as “authentic” selves, which is to say, like cisgender people would be. For this reason Steinbock will select trans artists working in portraiture whose works redress the ways their lives have been undermined as impossible, nonexistent, or a mere performance. The exhibition will include artists from the United States and Europe.

More info available in 2021.

Kelli Connell: Double Life, 2 Decades

June–September 2021

Lesbian photographer Kelli Connell’s twenty-year project with one model represents an autobiographical questioning of sexuality and gender roles that shape the identity of the self in intimate relationships. The project’s multiyear span opens up new dialogues on women and aging and explores polarities of identity such as the masculine and feminine psyche, the irrational and rational self, the exterior and interior self, and the motivated and resigned. By combining multiple photographic negatives of the same model in each image, the dualities of the self are defined by body language and clothing. The importance of these images lies in the representation of interior dilemmas portrayed as an external object: a photograph. Through these images, the audience is presented with “constructed realities.

More info available in 2021.

 

 

 


 

“From the outside, this charming cottage looks like any other late 17th-century Dutch Colonial House. Step inside, and you’ll soon discover it was the home base for one of New York’s most celebrated female photographers.” 

Atlas Obscura, 2018