Unsettling images fill Marcuse’s ‘Phantom Bodies’

Can be seen through Feb. 26
“Phantom Bodies,” haunting photographs from investigations.
“Phantom Bodies,” haunting photographs from investigations.

When photographer Tanya Marcuse traveled to archives and museums in America and England, she discovered strange wax models that were created in the 18th century to teach doctors about the human body, childbirth and disease.

Through Feb. 26, if you visit the Massry Gallery at The College of Saint Rose, you can see “Phantom Bodies,” haunting photographs from her investigations.

The exhibit brings together 66 images from two of Marcuse’s major projects “Undergarments and Armor” (2002–2004) and “Wax Bodies” (2006–2008), both of which probe unsettling tensions between absence and presence, body and image, past and present. Marcuse’s photographs are held in many museum collections, including the Corcoran Museum of Art, Library of Congress, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, George Eastman House and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Her work has been reviewed in The New Yorker, Cabinet Magazine, New York magazine, Artforum, Artnews, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

Marcuse, www.tanyamarcuse.com, teaches photography at Bard College.

The gallery is open from 12 to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 12 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. It’s closed Sunday, except for Feb. 26.

Fenimore this year

The Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown has announced its 2017 exhibit schedule.

“50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons, Maurice Sendak: The Memorial Exhibition,” about the world-renowned illustrator and creator of the children’s book, “Where the Wild Things Are,” will be unveiled on April 1, when the museum opens for the season.

Also opening on April 1: “The Art of Figure Skating through the Ages: The Dick Button Collection.” Dick Button will make an appearance at the museum on July 15, along with other skating celebrities.

On May 27, the Fenimore will open “Andrew Wyeth at 100: A Family Remembrance,” with guest curator Victoria Wyeth, granddaughter of the artist.

Other exhibits: “Rise up Singing: Jazz Portraits by Herman Leonard,” “Dwell with Beauty: Native Americans at Home,” “Hamilton’s Final Act,” “Edward Curtis among the Kwakiutl,” “The 11th Contemporary Iroquois Art Biennial,” “Between Observation and Imagination: Paintings by Tracy Helgeson,” “Still and Solemn Chambers: Recent Paintings by Frank Farmer” and “Our Strength Is Our People: The Humanist Photographs of Lewis Hine.”

Photo Regional

Albany Center Gallery is calling for entries for the 39th Annual Photography Regional.

Juried by Tara Fracalossi and Danny Goodwin, the exhibit will feature a salon-style open viewing from March 3 to March 10, in which all entries will be hung floor-to-ceiling. The formal Photo Regional will open on March 17, with prizes awarded at the opening reception on that day from 5 to 9 p.m.

Artists must drop off their photographs on Feb. 24 and Feb. 25. No email submissions will be accepted. For details, go to albanycentergallery.org.

Reach Gazette Reporter Karen Bjornland at 395-3197, [email protected] or on Twitter @bjorngazette.

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