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Between

July 10, 2021 – February 13, 2022

photograph showing an interior kitchen or dining space covered in printed photographs
Guanyu Xu, Facing North, Looking West, from the series Temporarily Censored Home, 2019. Archival pigment print, 56 x 70 inches. Courtesy of the artist, Yancey Richardson Gallery, and Gaotai Gallery.
6 people standing on a street at night, partially obscured by the shadows
Hannah Price, Lexington Group, Bed-Stuy. Brooklyn, New York, USA, from the series Cursed by Night, 2012. Archival inkjet print, 40 x 50 in. Courtesy the artist.

Overview

Between explores photography as a medium uniquely positioned for revealing the liminal. Defined in a multitude of ways—in between, a threshold, a moment of transition, or a rite of passage—a liminal space is the precipice between two realities. Photography is often considered a documentary device that can capture this moment, and yet the trick of the medium is that it is also liminal—the camera functions at the brief pause between when reality is transpiring and when it becomes trapped in time.

Each of the artists featured in Between explores the liminal in various and nuanced ways. Some focus on when the viewer must confront spaces that have histories, both known and hidden. Others insinuate the trick of the camera in “documenting” scenes that are staged with yearning and potential for another reality.

Between also highlights works that evoke how we internalize the liminal. Revealing emotional and psychological states, we witness deeply private moments that resonate with our own personal experiences. Yet other artists seek out landscapes and cityscapes on the edge—of night, of the city, of the world—that mirror the inner turmoil of encountering spaces and moments in between.

While at times slightly unsettling or uncomfortable, the liminal can also be viewed as a moment of becoming—a chrysalis for change. As we reflect on our shared and individual experiences from the past year, Between invites exploration and curiosity of these spaces that are filled with the potential for growth and hopeful transformation.


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Artwork

Arthur Downey. Maplewood, New Jersey. “Yesterday, Staten, admitted he beat Downey, 27, with an iron just hours after they met then covered Downey’s head with a plastic bag. The cause of death was bludgeoning and asphyxiation.”. Artist: Paul Baker Prindle. Date: 2011. Medium: Archival pigment print.

Arthur Downey. Maplewood, New Jersey. “Yesterday, Staten, admitted he beat Downey, 27, with an iron just hours after they met then covered Downey’s head with a plastic bag. The cause of death was bludgeoning and asphyxiation.”

2011

Paul Baker Prindle

Learn more about Arthur Downey. Maplewood, New Jersey. “Yesterday, Staten, admitted he beat Downey, 27, with an iron just hours after they met then covered Downey’s head with a plastic bag. The cause of death was bludgeoning and asphyxiation.”.
Gorrión, claro / Sparrow, Skylight. Artist: Manuel Álvarez Bravo. Date: 1938-40, printed 1977. Medium: plata sobre gelatina / gelatin silver print.

Gorrión, claro / Sparrow, Skylight

1938-40, printed 1977

Manuel Álvarez Bravo

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Untitled #45250. Artist: Marsha Burns. Date: c. 1980. Medium: gelatin silver print.

Untitled #45250

c. 1980

Marsha Burns

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Untitled #2154-A. Artist: Todd Hido. Date: 1998. Medium: chromogenic print.

Untitled #2154-A

1998

Todd Hido

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Untitled #6 (Bennett’s Farm). Artist: Miranda Lichtenstein. Date: 1999. Medium: dye-coupler print.

Untitled #6 (Bennett’s Farm)

1999

Miranda Lichtenstein

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Dividing Wall #2, Lefkosa, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Artist: Narayan Mahon. Date: 2008. Medium: archival pigment print.

Dividing Wall #2, Lefkosa, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

2008

Narayan Mahon

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Diving Board #8, Salton Sea. Artist: Richard Misrach. Date: 1983. Medium: dye-coupler print.

Diving Board #8, Salton Sea

1983

Richard Misrach

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Subway Platform, (6th Avenue, 14th Street Canarsie Line “L”, New York City). Artist: Kenji Nakahashi. Date: 1991. Medium: chromogenic print.

Subway Platform, (6th Avenue, 14th Street Canarsie Line “L”, New York City)

1991

Kenji Nakahashi

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Shadows. Artist: Lorie Novak. Date: 1987. Medium: Cibachrome print.

Shadows

1987

Lorie Novak

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Untitled (Motel, Bloomer, Wisconsin). Artist: Suzanne Rose. Date: 2014. Medium: pigment print.

Untitled (Motel, Bloomer, Wisconsin)

2014

Suzanne Rose

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Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Mirror Study (0X5A7421), 2018. Archival pigment print, 51 x 34 in. Courtesy of the artist and DOCUMENT Gallery, Chicago.

Exhibition Support

Exhibitions in the Henry Street Gallery are generously funded through an endowment established by the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation.