Tanya Marcuse


Tanya Marcuse and Christopher Russell installed at IAP


Tanya Marcuse’s photographs are in numerous museum collections including the Corcoran Museum of Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Yale Art Gallery; the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale; and the Library of Congress. Marcuse has published three books with Nazraeli Press: Wax Bodies (2011), Fruitless (2007), and Undergarments and Armor (2005). Her work has been featured and reviewed in numerous publications, including Cabinet Magazine, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, Artforum, Artnews, and The New York Times.

Recent exhibitions of Marcuse’s works include solo shows at Julie Saul Gallery in New York City and at Hemphill Gallery in Washington, D.C. Her work was featured in “Dress Codes: The Third Triennial of Photography and Video” at the International Center for Photography, “Heroines” at the Thyssen-Bornesisza Museum in Madrid (curated by Guillermo Solana), and “Love and War” (curated by Valerie Steele) at the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Marcuse won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 to pursue her project Undergarments and Armor. She has also held the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, the George Sakier Memorial Prize for Excellence in Photography (Yale), a John Anson Kittredge Award (Harvard), as well as two fellowships from the Center for Photography at Woodstock. She was a 2008-2009 finalist for the Real Photography Award, an international award for contemporary photography.


In Fallen, photographer Tanya Marcuse departs from her previous bodies of work, indexical documentations of individual trees, collections of wax anatomical and agricultural models, or archives of undergarments and armor. Fallen was inspired by an earlier series called Fruitless, in which Marcuse photographed fruit trees in Hudson Valley in different seasons. The platinum palladium prints each focused on a single tree, which was often surrounded by dropped fruit. In the series currently on view, Marcuse has turned from the trees to the ground below them, but her images are so vivid and rich, they favor potential over loss.

Tanya Marcuse has always been intrigued by what remains, what is saved, and what is lost, in both nature and culture. In her photographic practice, she becomes a participant in these endeavors of preserving, constructing, organizing, and documenting. Many of her earlier projects focused on archives and museum collections, creating typological series and making new organizational systems for objects that have already been indexed, tagged, and displayed.



Artist talk and exhibition catalogues signing with Tanya Marcuse: Saturday, August 2, 11:30 am
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Read her interview with IAP Director Martina Caruso HERE.



Tanya Marcuse is represented by Julie Saul Gallery.

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