Exhibitions > Girls on the Verge: Portraits of Adolescence
Girls on the Verge: Portraits of Adolescence
December 8, 2007–February 24, 2008
In recent years, adolescence—especially of girls—has become of renewed interest to artists who have matched that bodily transformation with photography’s particular gift for surface description. Contemporary artists such as Rineke Dijkstra, Lauren Greenfield, Sally Mann, Hellen van Meene, and others have explored this topic with empathetic images that capture universal experience. From documentary photographs examining peer groups and body image to posed individual portraits, the pictures in this exhibition are poignant reminders of the complexity and vulnerability of girls in this time of change.
Adolescent girls find themselves on the cusp between girl and woman, child and adult. It is a time of physical and emotional changes, of yearning for freedom while secretly cherishing constraints, of finding the pleasures as well as the terrors of one’s own appeal to the world. In our increasingly sexualized, media-driven culture, adolescence seems to arrive ever earlier, and the dividing line between innocence and adulthood seems more and more blurred. Not surprisingly, then, this simultaneously beautiful and awkward transition has provided photographers with rich subject matter.
Inspired by recent acquisitions and with select local loans, Girls on the Verge offers a snapshot of contemporary explorations of female adolescence. The exhibition of more than 40 photographs and one video includes work by the previously mentioned artists along with Tina Barney, Melissa Pinney, Judith Joy Ross, Mark Steinmetz, Katherine Turczan, and Celine van Balen. Sensitive and evocative, these images together begin to reveal the many sides of metamorphosis.
Lauren Greenfield. Alli, Annie, Hannah, and Berit, All 13, before the First Big Party of the Seventh Grade, Edina, Minnesota, 1998. Restricted gift of Anstiss and Ronald Krueck in honor of Renée Harrison Drake, with love and admiration.
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