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Social Studies: An Evening with Tina Barney


Location: Redstone Theater

Presented by ESOPUS magazine

Tina Barney: Social Studies (Dir. Jaci Judelson. 2005, 57 mins.), followed by two short films by Tina Barney: Youth (2016, 6 mins.), and The Library (1982, 3 mins.)

Acclaimed American photographer Tina Barney (b. 1945) is best-known for her large-scale color photographs of wealthy friends and family in Long Island, New York City, and New England that expose the emotional and psychological currents coursing just beneath the surfaces of perfect trappings and banal gestures. Barney notes, “When people say that there is a distance, a stiffness in my photographs, that the people look like they do not connect, my answer is, that this is the best we can do. This inability to show physical affection is in our heritage.” The artist has also shot a series of short films over the course of her career. Four of these rarely seen films, along with Social Studies, a documentary about Barney by Jaci Judelson, will be presented with Barney in conversation with Judelson, moderated by Tod Lippy, editor, ESOPUS. The event will be followed by a book signing.

Special thanks to Tod Lippy. ESOPUS magazine features a project by Barney related to one of her films in its forthcoming issue, ESOPUS 25.

Tickets: $15 ($11 seniors and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / free for children under 3 and Museum members at the Film Lover and Kids Premium levels and above). Order tickets online. (Members may contact [email protected] with questions regarding online reservations.)

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