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At the Guggenheim Museum
By Glenn Loney
The Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue
Closing April 16, 2007
Drawn from the Guggenheim's own collections, these fourty-plus Family Photos are not entirely what one would expect to find in a Middle-American Family-Album. Some of the nude kiddie-pix are suggestive, if not downright disturbing. Others are artfully posed parodies.
Some critics have been especially taken with the tattooed artist Catherine Opie's bare-breasted self-portrait of her nursing her baby.
Intriguing are Janine Antoni's gender-bending triad of photos: Mom and Dad.
Other famed photographers and video-artists in this show include: Thomas Struth, Tracy Moffatt, Anna Gaskell, Robert Mapplethorpe, Loretta Lux, Gillian Wearng, & Nan Goldin--of course!
[Note on the Museum for African Art at the Guggenheim: At the Family Pix press-preview, Mayor Michael Bloomberg was on hand in the base of the F L Wright Rotunda to give his blessing to the model & the project for the new home for the Museum for African Art, designed by Robert A M Stern, no less.
[Currently, the Museum is located in Long Island City, but it has been in action for 22 years! Its new home will be on that vacant lot on Upper Fifth Avenue at 110th Street, opposite the Duke Ellington Memorial--which presents a bronze Duke standing beside his life-sized bronze grand-piano!