Phantom Bodies

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Exhibition will be on view from January 22 - February 26, 2017 in the Esther Massry Gallery at the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY. 

Phantom Bodies brings together two seminal projects, Undergarments and Armor and Wax Bodies. Both probe unsettling tensions between absence and presence, body and image, past and present. Undergarments and Armor draws together opposing categories – underwear/armor, male/female, hard/soft, armed/disarmed. Wax Bodies present haunting images of 18th century wax anatomical models found in museum collections.

This exhibition is co-curated by Esther Massry Gallery director Jeanne Flanagan and Lucy Bowditch, PH.D. The gallery is open from 12-5pm Monday to Saturday, 12-8pm Wednesday to Thursday, and first Fridays of the month from 5-9pm. Closed Sunday. 

There will be an opening reception and lecture on Friday, January 27th. 



Woven: In Process

Nº 21 Woven, 2016  62 x 124"

Nº 21 Woven, 2016  62 x 124"


Images are on view now through November 20th 2016 in the Weiss Atrium and LUMA Lobby of the Richard B. Fisher Center Bard College

Woven: In Process is Marcuse's latest body of work. The 5x10 foot photographs sometimes take weeks to compose, and during this process of composition, of collecting, arranging, burning, painting, and transplanting, there is change. Influenced both by the Dutch vanitas tradition and the allover graphic compositions of Jackson Pollock, she intends the photographs to be experienced as exquisitely detailed still lives when viewed from up close, but to hold together as an immersive, more abstract composition from further away. In these elaborately artificial tableaus, the inexorable movements of nature are shown forth and growth and decay, beauty and terror, life and death are woven together. 

The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday 12 to 5pm, and will extend until curtain call on performance evenings at the Fisher Center. During regular business hours, visitors may enter through the Fisher Center parking lot entrance.





The exhibition has been extended through September 11, 2016. On view at the Francis Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College.

This exhibition features seven works by photographer Tanya Marcuse including three new acquisitions. It is the first exhibition to showcase three recent bodies of work all taken in the Hudson Valley; Fruitless, black-and-white images of fruit trees captured in different seasons; Fallen, vividly colored images of fallen fruit among carefully arranged plant materials in various states of decay; and Woven, Marcuse’s newest series of large-scale color images of densely packed detritus from the natural world. ForFruitless, Marcuse traveled throughout the region seeking orchards that are in danger of vanishing as the area becomes more developed—many of those she photographed no longer exist. The resulting images depict single trees in the stark landscape bringing attention to both their grandeur and their vulnerability at once. The artist’s more recent works are created in her back yard where she spends days, sometimes weeks, collecting and arranging fruit, plants, insects, animal carcasses, and other materials to create tapestry-like patterns revealing the lush colors and textures of growth, entropy, and decay. The artist states, “I try to create photographs perched between decay and new life, randomness and order, flatness and depth, the natural and the fantastical.”  

On Thursday, July 7th at 5pm there will be a gallery talk with curator Mary-Kay Lombino in conversation with the artist. 



In the Garden


On view from May 9, 2015 through September 6, 2015 in the Special Exhibition Galleries at the George Eastman House

Since its invention in the nineteenth century, photography has been used to document plant life and humans’ relationship to nature. Early photographic processes required vast amounts of light during exposure, and subjects were often posed in gardens flooded with sunlight. Both scientists and artists have recorded the beauty of plant structures, watching fiddlehead ferns unfurl and observing flowers as they bloom and decay. For amateur photographers, a photograph could capture a prizewinning flower or the image of a loved one among the splendor of the garden.

George Eastman House holds a unique collection of photographs that explore uses of gardens and how humans cultivate the landscapes that surround them. From famous locations such as Versailles to the simplest home vegetable garden, from worlds imagined by artists to food production recorded by journalists, the subjects in this exhibition broaden our understanding of photography and how it has been used to record the cultivated landscape.

Spanning the history of photography and photographic processes (daguerreotype to inkjet prints), more than 75 photographers will be represented, including Anna Atkins, Hippolyte Bayard, Southworth & Hawes, Eugene Atget, Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Imogen Cunningham, Edward Weston, Lee Friedlander, Stephen Shore, Emmet Gowin, Robert Mapplethorpe, Barbara Norfleet, Mark Klett, Ablardo Morell, Andrew Buurman, Tanya Marcuse, Sharon Core, Ori Gersht, Rachel Sussman, and Brad Temkin.

- From the Eastman House press release



Phantom Bodies

Wax Bodies Nº 187, 2007

Wax Bodies Nº 187, 2007


On View from September 29 – December 13, 2015 in the Davison Art Center at Wesleyan University


“Phantom Bodies” brings together unique photographs taken in two parts, Undergarments (2002-2004) and Wax Bodies (2006-2008). This exhibit sets out to explore the idea of the absence of the human body in various forms and how different cultures and time periods had different ways of presenting the human body.


Artist’s talk by Tanya Marcuse, 5:00 pm, Center for the Arts Hall

Tuesday, September 29, 5:00-7:00 pm
Opening reception follows at the Davison Art Center Gallery

Free and open to the public


Panel Discussion: Body, Memory, Photography

Thursday, October 29, 5:00 pm
Russell House, 350 High Street

Free and open to the public



Tanya Marcuse: Fallen


On view from January 4 - February 22, 2014 at the Julie Saul Gallery in New York City

More information and exhibition catalog available from the Julie Saul gallery.