Carrie Schneider: Reading Women
At the latest Armory Show in NYC I was delighted by a series of portraits by Carrie Schneider, Reading Women. From the artist:
To create Reading Women, I asked 70 female friends - mostly artists, writers and musicians - to each sit while reading a book of her choice, written by a female author, in her own home or studio for the duration of two hours using side-by-side photographic and video cameras. There is something rare about the depth of concentration experienced while reading, and it’s this moment I’m after: when the sitter loses awareness of the camera - and any semblance of a pose - forgetting her cultural performance.
Sarah reading Gail Scott (My Paris, 1999); Michelle reading Betty Smith (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1943)
Courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago