Exhibit installed at Provincetown Public Library on Cape Cod. (Photo by Matthew Clowney)
EXHIBITION PLANNING
Rendering for installation at Boston Children's Museum.
Traditional art exhibit for adult audiences (left) vs. art exhibit for children (right).
INSTALLATION AT BOSTON CHILDREN'S MUSEUM 10/16/15 - 12/13/15
INSTALLATION AT PROVINCETOWN LIBRARY 10/16/15 - 12/13/15
The entry experience is meant to be reminiscent of a doorway in a typical New England home.
The first set of panels explains that one of the things that makes the family in the pictures special is that their grandparent Erica is transgender. Then you the visitor are asked, "What makes your family special?" On the back, a life-size picture of one of the youngest members of the Tobias family quietly observing her family. (Photo by Matthew Clowney)
The back of the first set of panels introduces us to Erica and explains how her grandchildren chose the name "Mimi" for her after her transition. (Photo by Matthew Clowney)
The centerpiece of the exhibit is what Matthew calls the "Grand Portrait", a digitally composited picture made up of many photographs. The effect is uncanny- the whole family is sharing space but their glances don't quite connect with one another. Each person in the picture is at once surrounded by family and having their own personal experience.
The family let us use some of their personal family snapshots to include on the mantel under the family portrait. (Photo by Matthew Clowney)
(Photo by Matthew Clowney)
(Photo by Matthew Clowney)
(Photo by Matthew Clowney)
(Photo by Matthew Clowney)
(Photo by Matthew Clowney)
Sharing station: child-sized table and chairs with paper and colored pencils for drawing and writing responses to the prompt, "Tell us about your family."
Detail of the sharing station. (Photo by Matthew Clowney)
Photographer Matthew Clowney and Erica Tobias at the exhibit's debut in Provincetown, MA.
Mimi's Family: Photography by Matthew Clowney, 2015
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