Many galleries are about to announce their summer shows which open shortly in June and run through the summer. We’ll keep you apprised of some of the “can’t miss” ones. Yossi Milo, has announced this group show : JUNE BRIDE running from June 7, 2007â€“August 17, 2007 with an opening Reception Thursday, June 7, 2007, 6:00â€“8:00 pm
From the press release:
“June Bride provides an uncommon look at a common practice: the marriage ceremony. In this assembly of unconventional wedding photographs, the idea of the bride varies as radically as do cultural differences, religious traditions, family dynamics, and modes of dress. Brides appear in various guises, from Diane Arbusâ€™ bride shrinking from her groomâ€™s overeager kiss to Nikki S. Leeâ€™s impersonation of a Jewish bride, from a bride captured in mid-air, as in Rosemary Laingâ€™s bulletproofglass series, to an earnest, middle-American bride in a family photo by Chris Verene.
The photographers of these varied works utilize and, at times, reformulate the image of the bride as a symbol of transition, ritual and traditional femininity. For example, in Arthur Tressâ€™ Stephen Brecht, Bride and Groom, New York, 1970, the actor plays the role of both bride and groom in the artistâ€™s exploration of gender and identity. In the photograph of his 1995 performance piece, To Marry a Mule, Chinese artist Wang Jin places a pink-painted and lavishly-adorned mule as a stand-in for his own â€œbride-to-beâ€. There are larger narratives and diverse intentions behind these photographs, providing a glimpse into the ritual of marriage and allowing us to reflect on how we have come to view, define and transform the wedding ceremony.
Artists featured in the exhibition include Diane Arbus, Tracey Baran, ValÃ©rie Belin, Lee Friedlander, Robert Gober, Nan Goldin, Wang Jin, Seydou KeÏŠta, Rosemary Laing, Nikki S. Lee, Loretta Lux, Robert Mapplethorpe, Karl O. Orud, Bill Owens, August Sander, Lise Sarfati, Rudolf Schwarzkogler, Malick SidibÃ©, Alec Soth, Arthur Tress, Chris Verene and Akram Zaatari.”
I’m going to check this out in late June and give you some first hand look.If you make it before me, let us know.
Yossi Milo Gallery
525 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10001