Home is where the art is

In “Hardly More Than Ever: Photographs, 1997-2004”—running at the Renaissance Society through Monday, April 19—Laura Letinsky sees art in the leftovers of domestic creations: the aftermath of meals, parties, and homely festivities.

Letinsky, associate professor in the Committee on Visual Arts and the College who was featured in the October 2002 Magazine, explained to the University Chronicle that her work looks at how daily life is composed, manipulating “photographic space to comment on the made-up-ness of home.” That sense of construction—and impending destruction—can be seen as tabletops edge into blackness and images flatten, forcing the viewer to confront the scenes’ precariousness.

Still the sense of celebration remains, including an April 7 student reception at the Renaissance exhibition. Refreshments (cupcakes donated by Chicago bakery Sweet Mandy B’s!) will be served—and Letinsky will photograph the aftermath.


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Photos (from left to right): Photo by Mairead Ernst. Photo by Mairead Ernst. "Untitled #85," 2003 Courtesy Laura Letinsky

March 15, 2004