First graders from PS 33M Chelsea Prep joined our Artists in Residence for a behind-the-scenes tour of Tina Barney’s exhibition The Beginning at Kasmin Gallery.
Taking a cue from Barney’s intimate photographs of familial traditions and domestic rituals, students collaged their own family photographs with art magazines, construction paper, and felt to create artworks that showed family memories in a whole new light.
About the Exhibition
Spanning the years 1976 to 1980, The Beginning brings together the earliest works of acclaimed American photographer Tina Barney (b. 1945). Featuring images largely unseen by the public, the exhibition chronicles a period of technical and artistic development that would lay the foundation for the complex and incisive tableaux that ultimately established Barney as a key figure in international photography. While quarantining during the Covid-19 outbreak, Barney began to sort through her archive of thousands of 35mm negatives, discovering long-forgotten images that reanimated her memories of life as a young artist: “The photographs in this book seem like X-rays of my mind,” she has said.
Programs at Children's Museum of the Arts are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.