Exhibition - Elinor Carucci: Midlife

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020 at 10:00am

Edwynn Houk Gallery
745 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10001

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Edwynn Houk Gallery presents Elinor Carucci's latest body of work, Midlife. 

In this new series spanning the past eight years, Carucci (Israeli-American, b. 1971) continues to explore themes of identity, relationships, and the passage of time by documenting herself and her family in their daily lives, a practice that has long been central to her work. Through these deeply personal photographs-which range from moments of intimacy and emotionally charged scenes, to the most mundane tasks of running a household-the artist's vulnerability and total honesty to her audience invite viewers to recognize their own experiences in hers.

Carucci's images have always been distinguished by an ability to illustrate the universality of human emotions by zeroing in on carefully composed scenes of domesticity. Yet, Midlife is particularly compelling because it chooses as its subject matter a period in life that is rarely acknowledged, much less celebrated. Youthful beauty and the advent of motherhood are familiar motifs in the history of art but the narrative of women's lives seems to stop there. More than simply shining a light on the midlife years, Carucci presents an intensive and tender investigation into the effects of time on her body, her self-identity in all its complexity, and her relationships with her family members as they each move through new phases of their lives.

Elinor Carucci graduated from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem with a degree in photography in 1995, and moved to New York that same year. Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Jewish Museum, New York, and the Haifa Museum of Art, among other institutions. She was the recipient of the ICP Infinity Award in 2001, the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002, and was named the NYFA Fellow in Photography in 2010. Carucci has published four monographs to date, Closer (Chronicle Books 2002), Diary of a Dancer (SteidlMack 2005), MOTHER (Prestel 2013), and Midlife (Monacelli, 2019). 

Exhibition Date: September 10 – October 22, 2020  

The gallery is open by appointment only.

Please call (212) 750 7070 or email info@houkgallery.com to schedule your visit.  

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