A 2016 residency at MAC’s Grand-Hornu (Museum of Contemporary Arts) allowed LaToya to pursue work on a post-industrial society in Belgium. Her focus was the Borinage, a mining region whose intense activity in the 19th century was diminished by a series of crises that led to the closure of the last mine in 1976. Testimonies gathered by Frazier from the former miners and their families have resulted in And From The Coaltips A Tree Will Rise, an extensive collection of portraits, landscapes and still lifes.
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: MAC’S Grand Hornu (Museum of Contemporary Arts, Belgium)
Date: September 26, 2017
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Founded in 1968, The Studio Museum in Harlem is internationally known for its catalytic role in championing the works of artists of African descent. In a unique institutional collaboration, CMOA [Carnegie Museum of Art]and the Studio Museum present a group exhibition with works by 40 artists, 20 from each of the collections. Responding to a tumultuous and deeply divided moment in our nation’s history, the curators have mined these collections to offer a metaphoric picture of America today. Spanning nearly 100 years—from 1920s photographs by James VanDerZee to recent works by Kerry James Marshall, Ellen Gallagher, and Collier Schorr—20/20 provides a critical opportunity to prompt conversations about the necessity of art during times of social and political transformation.
20/20 draws together works from these important collections in dialogue. The exhibition unfolds through a thematic exploration of the foundations of our national condition, ultimately championing the critical role of art in political and individual expression. The first section of the exhibition, titled “A More Perfect Union,” presents a group of works that consider the formation of our democracy and shifting notions of national identity.
The following two sections of the exhibition—“Working Thought” and “American Landscape”—expand on this by mapping contemporary American experience as a product of historical inheritances. “Working Thought” considers the basis of the national economy and the labor needed to sustain it, with works by Melvin Edwards, David Hammons, Kara Walker, Nari Ward, and others.
In turn, “American Landscape” considers the effects of our national economy on lived experience through artworks that document or express the built environment, past and present. The photographs of LaToya Ruby Frazier and Zoe Strauss record the effects of industry and dispossession on marginalized communities, while more abstract works by Mark Bradford, Abigail DeVille, and Kori Newkirk make use of everyday and found materials to reclaim and reinvent our perspective on natural and urban landscapes.
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“With her camera, Frazier has captured the years-long effects of racism and economic erosion in small towns, such as her native Braddock, Penn. Frazier, a MacArthur genius, has an all-seeing eye that informed her award-winning 2014 debut, The Notion of Family.”
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Silver Eye Center for Photography presents a two part solo exhibition by LaToya Ruby Frazier held at Silver Eye’s Penn Avenue gallery and at the August Wilson Center’s main galleries. Frazier will exhibit a large selection of works, which offer an incisive exploration of the legacy of racism and economic decline in America’s small towns, as embodied by her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania. Frazier’s work focuses on African American life in Western Pennsylvania.
Reception + Cultural Trust Gallery Crawl
Friday, Sept 22, 2017, 5:30 pm
August Wilson Center
980 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Image credit: LaToya Ruby Frazier, The Bottom (Talbot Towers, Allegheny County Housing Projects), from The Notion of Family (Aperture, 2014), 2009. Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.
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On Wednesday, May 17, Pratt Institute degree candidates will gather in their caps and gowns at Radio City Music Hall in the heart of Manhattan, where Pratt Institute’s 128th Commencement will be held. The Institute will celebrate the achievements of more than 1,000 graduating students at the iconic venue and confer their degrees during the ceremony, which will begin at 10 AM.
Honorary degrees will be awarded to Gary Smith, pioneering television producer; renowned photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier; and the Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) Senior Curator of Architecture and Design Paola Antonelli, who will be the keynote speaker at the ceremony.
LaToya Ruby Frazier’s honorary degree will be conferred in recognition of her insightful work exploring social and environmental justice issues. Her work in photography, video, and performance build visual archives addressing industrialism, rustbelt revitalization, healthcare inequity, family and communal history. She is currently an associate professor of photography at the School of Art Institute of Chicago. Frazier’s work is exhibited widely in the United States and internationally, with notable solo exhibitions at Brooklyn Museum; Seattle Art Museum; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.
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The Rauschenberg Residency is a creative center that welcomes artists of all disciplines from around the world to live, work, and create. The residency is located on Robert Rauschenberg’s former property on Captiva Island, Florida, where he lived and worked for nearly four decades. The facility, which includes the 8,000-square-foot studio Rauschenberg built in 1992 and a collection of historic homes and studio spaces, is infused with beauty and tranquility and marked by its unique history.
Rauschenberg in front of the Fish House, Captiva, Florida, 1979. Photo: Terry Van Brunt
The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation launched the residency program in 2012–13 with a series of five pilot residencies that served to inform and shape the program. There are up to seven five- and six-week residencies a year that serve over seventy artists and other individuals of exceptional talent and promise. Selectors anonymously identify artists and creative thinkers from a diverse mix of disciplines, backgrounds, ages, and career levels, who are interested in working in an interdisciplinary environment and are open to the idea of collaboration.
Rauschenberg Residency 26: June 5 – July 7, 2017
LaToya Ruby Fraizer
Yve Laris Cohen
Ebony G. Patterson
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The Notion Of Family
Available in paperback, LaToya Ruby Frazier’s award-winning first book, The Notion Of Family, offers an incisive exploration of the legacy of racism and economic decline in America’s small towns, as embodied by her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania. The work also considers the impact of that decline on the community and on her family, creating a statement both personal and truly political–an intervention in the histories and narratives of the region that are dominated by stories of Andrew Carnegie and Pittsburgh’s industrial past, but largely ignore those of black families and the working classes.