Rosalind Solomon

Inside Out
March 1 - April 5, 2008
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Washington D.C. photo collage, 1979 Photo collageWashington D.C. photo collage, 1979 Photo collage

Washington D.C. photo collage, 1979
Photo collage

Two Fingers On My Mouth, Macdowell, Peterborough, NH, 2002 Gelatin silver print, printed 2003 20 x 16 inchesTwo Fingers On My Mouth, Macdowell, Peterborough, NH, 2002 Gelatin silver print, printed 2003 20 x 16 inches

Two Fingers On My Mouth, Macdowell, Peterborough, NH, 2002
Gelatin silver print, printed 2003
20 x 16 inches

Self-portrait in Snow, Macdowell, Peterborough, NH, 2002 Gelatin silver print, printed 2002 20 x 16 inchesSelf-portrait in Snow, Macdowell, Peterborough, NH, 2002 Gelatin silver print, printed 2002 20 x 16 inches

Self-portrait in Snow, Macdowell, Peterborough, NH, 2002
Gelatin silver print, printed 2002
20 x 16 inches

After 9/11, Self-portrait with Frozen Turkey, Macdowell, Peterborough, NH, 2002 Gelatin silver print, printed 2002 20 x 16 inchesAfter 9/11, Self-portrait with Frozen Turkey, Macdowell, Peterborough, NH, 2002 Gelatin silver print, printed 2002 20 x 16 inches

After 9/11, Self-portrait with Frozen Turkey, Macdowell, Peterborough, NH, 2002
Gelatin silver print, printed 2002
20 x 16 inches

Catacombs, 1984 Multi-media installationCatacombs, 1984 Multi-media installation

Catacombs, 1984

Multi-media installation

Self-portrait Under Ladder, 1986 Gelatin silver print, printed 1986 20 x 16 inchesSelf-portrait Under Ladder, 1986 Gelatin silver print, printed 1986 20 x 16 inches

Self-portrait Under Ladder, 1986
Gelatin silver print, printed 1986
20 x 16 inches

Nude with Garbage, 1987 Gelatin silver print, printed 1987 20 x 16 inchesNude with Garbage, 1987 Gelatin silver print, printed 1987 20 x 16 inches

Nude with Garbage, 1987
Gelatin silver print, printed 1987
20 x 16 inches

Mute, 2008 VideoMute, 2008 Video

Mute, 2008

Video

Self-portrait Framed, 1987 Gelatin silver print, printed 2008 10 x 8 inchesSelf-portrait Framed, 1987 Gelatin silver print, printed 2008 10 x 8 inches

Self-portrait Framed, 1987
Gelatin silver print, printed 2008
10 x 8 inches

Twisted-self Nude, 1987 Gelatin silver print, printed 1987 20 x 16 inchesTwisted-self Nude, 1987 Gelatin silver print, printed 1987 20 x 16 inches

Twisted-self Nude, 1987
Gelatin silver print, printed 1987
20 x 16 inches

Self-portrait Taped, 1987 Gelatin silver print, printed 2008 10 x 8 inchesSelf-portrait Taped, 1987 Gelatin silver print, printed 2008 10 x 8 inches

Self-portrait Taped, 1987
Gelatin silver print, printed 2008
10 x 8 inches

Self-portrait Taped, 1987 Gelatin silver print, printed 2008 10 x 8 inchesSelf-portrait Taped, 1987 Gelatin silver print, printed 2008 10 x 8 inches

Self-portrait Taped, 1987
Gelatin silver print, printed 2008
10 x 8 inches

Self-portrait Taped, 1987 Gelatin silver print, printed 2008 10 x 8 inchesSelf-portrait Taped, 1987 Gelatin silver print, printed 2008 10 x 8 inches

Self-portrait Taped, 1987
Gelatin silver print, printed 2008
10 x 8 inches

Self-portrait, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1972 Gelatin silver print, printed 1972 8 x 10 inchesSelf-portrait, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1972 Gelatin silver print, printed 1972 8 x 10 inches

Self-portrait, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1972
Gelatin silver print, printed 1972
8 x 10 inches

Doll I, 1974 Gelatin silver print 61 x 41 inchesDoll I, 1974 Gelatin silver print 61 x 41 inches

Doll I, 1974
Gelatin silver print
61 x 41 inches

Doll III, 1974 Gelatin silver print 61 x 41 inchesDoll III, 1974 Gelatin silver print 61 x 41 inches

Doll III, 1974
Gelatin silver print
61 x 41 inches

Doll II, 1974 Gelatin silver print 61 x 41 inchesDoll II, 1974 Gelatin silver print 61 x 41 inches

Doll II, 1974
Gelatin silver print
61 x 41 inches

Hand, Macdowell, Peterborough, NH, 2002 Gelatin silver print, printed 2002 20 x 16 inchesHand, Macdowell, Peterborough, NH, 2002 Gelatin silver print, printed 2002 20 x 16 inches

Hand, Macdowell, Peterborough, NH, 2002
Gelatin silver print, printed 2002
20 x 16 inches

White House Gate, 1977 Gelatin silver print, printed 1982 20 x 16 inchesWhite House Gate, 1977 Gelatin silver print, printed 1982 20 x 16 inches

White House Gate, 1977
Gelatin silver print, printed 1982
20 x 16 inches

Foxes' Masquerade, New Orleans, 1993-94 Gelatin silver print, printed 1994 20 x 16 inchesFoxes' Masquerade, New Orleans, 1993-94 Gelatin silver print, printed 1994 20 x 16 inches

Foxes' Masquerade, New Orleans, 1993-94
Gelatin silver print, printed 1994
20 x 16 inches

Polish Shadow, Warsaw, Poland, 1988 Gelatin silver print, printed 2007 20 x 16 inchesPolish Shadow, Warsaw, Poland, 1988 Gelatin silver print, printed 2007 20 x 16 inches

Polish Shadow, Warsaw, Poland, 1988
Gelatin silver print, printed 2007
20 x 16 inches

Mrs. Ludie Walker's Valentine Boxes, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1976 Gelatin silver print, printed 1976 20 x 16 inchesMrs. Ludie Walker's Valentine Boxes, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1976 Gelatin silver print, printed 1976 20 x 16 inches

Mrs. Ludie Walker's Valentine Boxes, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1976
Gelatin silver print, printed 1976
20 x 16 inches

Catalin Valentin's Lamb, Ancash, Peru, 1981 Gelatin silver print, printed 1986 35 1/8 x 32 1/4 inchesCatalin Valentin's Lamb, Ancash, Peru, 1981 Gelatin silver print, printed 1986 35 1/8 x 32 1/4 inches

Catalin Valentin's Lamb, Ancash, Peru, 1981
Gelatin silver print, printed 1986
35 1/8 x 32 1/4 inches

Nursing Home, Mexico, 1985 Gelatin silver print, printed 1985 20 x 16 inchesNursing Home, Mexico, 1985 Gelatin silver print, printed 1985 20 x 16 inches

Nursing Home, Mexico, 1985
Gelatin silver print, printed 1985
20 x 16 inches

Shark Beach, South Africa, 1988 Gelatin silver print, printed 1990 20 x 16 inchesShark Beach, South Africa, 1988 Gelatin silver print, printed 1990 20 x 16 inches

Shark Beach, South Africa, 1988
Gelatin silver print, printed 1990
20 x 16 inches

Sculpture of Lion and Man, Calcutta, India, 1982 Gelatin silver print, printed 1982 20 x 16 inchesSculpture of Lion and Man, Calcutta, India, 1982 Gelatin silver print, printed 1982 20 x 16 inches

Sculpture of Lion and Man, Calcutta, India, 1982
Gelatin silver print, printed 1982
20 x 16 inches

Mother, Daughter, and Maid, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1988 Gelatin silver print, printed 1993 20 x 16 inchesMother, Daughter, and Maid, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1988 Gelatin silver print, printed 1993 20 x 16 inches

Mother, Daughter, and Maid, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1988
Gelatin silver print, printed 1993
20 x 16 inches

Blind Girl with Dolls, South Africa, 1990 Gelatin silver print, printed 1990 20 x 16 inchesBlind Girl with Dolls, South Africa, 1990 Gelatin silver print, printed 1990 20 x 16 inches

Blind Girl with Dolls, South Africa, 1990
Gelatin silver print, printed 1990
20 x 16 inches

Mannequin Showing Tongue, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1975 Gelatin silver print, printed 1975 48 x 48 inchesMannequin Showing Tongue, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1975 Gelatin silver print, printed 1975 48 x 48 inches

Mannequin Showing Tongue, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1975
Gelatin silver print, printed 1975
48 x 48 inches

Bent Mannequin, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1974 Gelatin silver print, printed 1974 20 x 16 inchesBent Mannequin, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1974 Gelatin silver print, printed 1974 20 x 16 inches

Bent Mannequin, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1974
Gelatin silver print, printed 1974
20 x 16 inches

Mummy Couple, Catacombs, Palerno, Italy, 1976 Gelatin silver print, printed 1976 20 x 16 inchesMummy Couple, Catacombs, Palerno, Italy, 1976 Gelatin silver print, printed 1976 20 x 16 inches

Mummy Couple, Catacombs, Palerno, Italy, 1976
Gelatin silver print, printed 1976
20 x 16 inches

Mourning Sculpture, Palerno, Italy, 1976 Gelatin silver print, printed 1976 20 x 16 inchesMourning Sculpture, Palerno, Italy, 1976 Gelatin silver print, printed 1976 20 x 16 inches

Mourning Sculpture, Palerno, Italy, 1976
Gelatin silver print, printed 1976
20 x 16 inches

Tuilleries, Paris, France, 1986 Gelatin silver print, printed 1986 20 x 16 inchesTuilleries, Paris, France, 1986 Gelatin silver print, printed 1986 20 x 16 inches

Tuilleries, Paris, France, 1986
Gelatin silver print, printed 1986
20 x 16 inches

Rajneesh Puram, Oregon, 2003 Gelatin silver print, printed 2003 20 x 16 inchesRajneesh Puram, Oregon, 2003 Gelatin silver print, printed 2003 20 x 16 inches

Rajneesh Puram, Oregon, 2003
Gelatin silver print, printed 2003
20 x 16 inches

Her Hand, My Hand, Bhutan, 1998 Gelatin silver print, printed 1998 20 x 16 inchesHer Hand, My Hand, Bhutan, 1998 Gelatin silver print, printed 1998 20 x 16 inches

Her Hand, My Hand, Bhutan, 1998
Gelatin silver print, printed 1998
20 x 16 inches

Corcoran Masquerade, 1979 Gelatin silver print, printed 1979 20 x 16 inchesCorcoran Masquerade, 1979 Gelatin silver print, printed 1979 20 x 16 inches

Corcoran Masquerade, 1979
Gelatin silver print, printed 1979
20 x 16 inches

Condomble initiation trance, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, 1980 Gelatin silver print, printed 1985 37 x 33 inchesCondomble initiation trance, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, 1980 Gelatin silver print, printed 1985 37 x 33 inches

Condomble initiation trance, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, 1980
Gelatin silver print, printed 1985
37 x 33 inches

Burial, Soloia, Guatemala, 1979 Gelatin silver print, printed 1993 20 x 16 inchesBurial, Soloia, Guatemala, 1979 Gelatin silver print, printed 1993 20 x 16 inches

Burial, Soloia, Guatemala, 1979
Gelatin silver print, printed 1993
20 x 16 inches

Captive Bird, Guatemala, 1977 Gelatin silver print, printed 1979 20 x 16 inchesCaptive Bird, Guatemala, 1977 Gelatin silver print, printed 1979 20 x 16 inches

Captive Bird, Guatemala, 1977
Gelatin silver print, printed 1979
20 x 16 inches

Shaman, Chichicastena, Guatemala, 1979 Gelatin silver print, printed 1983 20 x 16 inchesShaman, Chichicastena, Guatemala, 1979 Gelatin silver print, printed 1983 20 x 16 inches

Shaman, Chichicastena, Guatemala, 1979
Gelatin silver print, printed 1983
20 x 16 inches

Kissing the Machemon, Guatemala, 1979 Gelatin silver print 20 x 16 inchesKissing the Machemon, Guatemala, 1979 Gelatin silver print 20 x 16 inches

Kissing the Machemon, Guatemala, 1979
Gelatin silver print
20 x 16 inches

Coconuts, India, 1981 Gelatin silver print, printed 2001 20 x 16 inchesCoconuts, India, 1981 Gelatin silver print, printed 2001 20 x 16 inches

Coconuts, India, 1981
Gelatin silver print, printed 2001
20 x 16 inches

Thorn Fence, Ancash, Peru, 1981 Gelatin silver print, printed 1981 20 x 16 inchesThorn Fence, Ancash, Peru, 1981 Gelatin silver print, printed 1981 20 x 16 inches

Thorn Fence, Ancash, Peru, 1981
Gelatin silver print, printed 1981
20 x 16 inches

Hole in Desert, Peru, 1982 Gelatin silver print, printed 1982 20 x 16 inchesHole in Desert, Peru, 1982 Gelatin silver print, printed 1982 20 x 16 inches

Hole in Desert, Peru, 1982
Gelatin silver print, printed 1982
20 x 16 inches

Bananas, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, 1980 Gelatin silver print, printed 1986 20 x 16 inchesBananas, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, 1980 Gelatin silver print, printed 1986 20 x 16 inches

Bananas, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, 1980
Gelatin silver print, printed 1986
20 x 16 inches

Legs in a Garden, New York, 1987 Gelatin silver print, printed 1987 20 x 16 inchesLegs in a Garden, New York, 1987 Gelatin silver print, printed 1987 20 x 16 inches

Legs in a Garden, New York, 1987
Gelatin silver print, printed 1987
20 x 16 inches

Day of the Dead, Guatemala, 1978 Gelatin silver print, printed 1981 20 x 16 inchesDay of the Dead, Guatemala, 1978 Gelatin silver print, printed 1981 20 x 16 inches

Day of the Dead, Guatemala, 1978
Gelatin silver print, printed 1981
20 x 16 inches

Madre Rosa Cedro, Ancash, Peru, 1981 Gelatin silver print, printed 1990 20 x 16 inchesMadre Rosa Cedro, Ancash, Peru, 1981 Gelatin silver print, printed 1990 20 x 16 inches

Madre Rosa Cedro, Ancash, Peru, 1981
Gelatin silver print, printed 1990
20 x 16 inches

Don't Eat My Centerpiece, Part I, 2001 VideoDon't Eat My Centerpiece, Part I, 2001 Video

Don't Eat My Centerpiece, Part I, 2001

Video

Press Release

Bruce Silverstein Gallery is pleased to announce Inside Out, a multimedia exhibition featuring the works of artist Rosalind Solomon. Solomon’s work is non-linear, flowing back and forth between the personal and the universal, addressing struggle and survival, ritual and reality, surface and substance. Although Solomon’s photographs have been widely exhibited around the world, including her noteworthy 1986 exhibition Ritual at the Museum of Modern Art New York, Inside Out offers the viewer an intimate glimpse of the artist through pivotal multimedia works and photographs seen here for the first time.

 

Rosalind Fox was born in 1930 in Highland Park, Illinois. After graduating from Goucher College in Baltimore in 1951 with a degree in political science, she married Jay Solomon, a successful entrepreneur, and moved to Chattanooga where she raised her two children. From 1977 to 1979, Solomon lived in Washington, D.C. while her husband was a member of President Jimmy Carter’s Administration. Though she was an active participant in the D.C. political social circle, the lifestyle never suited Solomon, and she felt increasingly alienated.

 

 

Finding a new voice, Solomon began talking to herself through the camera while traveling in Japan. In 1972, she began studies with New York Photo League member Lisette Model, her only photography teacher. At First Mondays, a monthly flea market in Scottsboro, Alabama, Solomon discovered mounds of old dolls and began photographing them regularly. Those with perfect faces expressed her feelings about the pretense surrounding her; crazed dolls with missing limbs related to her obsessive concern about family illness. Some of the doll photographs from First Mondays appear in this exhibition, alongside Solomon’s telling self-portraits.

 

In 1984, Solomon’s conventional marriage and comfortable life ended. She moved to New York City to pursue her passion for art. It was during this transition that the work Catacombs was created, an installation centered on burying symbols of her past life. The piece includes Solomon’s wedding dress, her husband’s business suit, and a hostess gown—all enshrined so she could move toward her new life as an artist. Adjacent to this room is Mute, the first of several videos that Solomon began in Mexico in 2001.

 

While Solomon’s subject matter is often sourced from deep within her own life, it seeks to connect with the lives of her subjects. The main gallery includes photographs from Solomon’s seminal monographs, Chapalingas (Steidl, 2003) and Polish Shadow (Steidl, 2006), along with unpublished images. Many are unique vintage prints made in the 1970's and early 1980's. In the third gallery, Solomon has created a video installation, Don’t eat my centerpiece: Part I, displayed on three monitors. The artist performs recurrent and reactive parental memories from her own childhood.

 

Solomon has been the recipient of the John Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, an American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her work is in the collections of over 50 museums, including Bibliothèque Nationale de France; Center for Creative Photography; Corcoran Gallery of Art; George Eastman House; Metropolitan Museum; Museo de Arte de Lima; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Modern Art; National Gallery of Art; National Gallery of Canada; Photographische Sammlung, Cologne; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Most recently, Solomon participated in an exhibition at the Aperture Foundation entitled Lisette Model & Her Successors. Solomon works and lives in New York City.