New Orleans Museum of Art
Dec. 7, 2015
NOMA PRESENTS TINA BARNEY PHOTOGRAPHS IN CONJUNCTION WITH VISIONS OF US: AMERICAN ART AT NOMA
In conjunction with NOMA’s exhibition of its American art collection, Visions of US: American Art at NOMA, the museum will present a selection of Tina Barney’s photographs in the Great Hall December 10 through February 28, 2016.
Since the mid 1970s, Tina Barney has photographed her family and friends in color with a large format view camera. Barney’s pictures record, in unflinching detail, the vast spectrum of social relationships, from the adroit to the awkward. These interactions take place against backdrops that are equally varied, highlighting the sometimes elegant, sometimes bizarre, always very personal spaces created in the service of comfort or entertainment. Although her pictures often seem to be tightly composed stills from some theatrical performance, they are largely un-posed. Barney waits for these visually compelling moments to coalesce, moments in which light, form, and content converge to tell a singular story about the ways in which people interact.