October 2007-September 2008. The thematic exhibition Talking Heads is curated jointly by Francie Bishop Good and Michelle Weinberg. Developing organically out of the Good/Horvitz collection, the exhibition reveals the passion behind each acquisition. Ultimately, the collection expresses the personality of its owners. The intersection of painting and photography predominates throughout the exhibition, reflecting the art practice of Bishop Good, a photographer who frequently works in the interdisciplinary realm between the two mediums, and in multimedia.
The enduring obsession with likeness and identity is reflected in the works on view in Talking Heads. Augmenting pieces from the collection are other singular works graciously loaned for the exhibition by other collectors, galleries, and artists. Visitors to the exhibition can expect to see photographs on a monumental scale, such as Sarah Jones’ The Spare Room, and others on an exceedingly intimate scale, like Ann Hamilton’s Portal.
Female photographers have made such dynamic contributions to this evolving art form, and Talking Heads will share some of those developments with the South Florida audience. Katy Grannan’s Deanna, Allentown, PA channels classical portrait compositions from art history, while Mickalene Thomas’ female subjects assertively challenge the viewer with their sexuality. Nikki S. Lee submerges her own identity by resembling women from other ethnicities, and documenting her participation in their social lives and rituals. Acknowledged contemporary master Diane Arbus’ Woman with Her Baby Monkey, from 1971 is an example of a milestone work in Talking Heads. Other works in Talking Heads adopt critical stances toward accepted notions of female beauty and behavior, whether in paint, photography or moving image media.
Special thanks to Dennis & Debra Scholl and Bernice Steinbaum Gallery for the loan of works.
Thanks to the artists who generously loaned work from their studios.
Lou Anne Colodny
Nikki S. Lee
Mary Ellen Mark
Peggy Levison Nolan
Dinorah de Jesus Rodriguez
Judith Joy Ross
Diana Shpungin/Nicole Engelmann
Carrie Mae Weems