Renowned photographer and artist Patty Carroll has spent much of the past 30 years examining women’s complicated relationships with domesticity. In this, her first “pure installation,” she creates a mesmerizing world populated by ceramic birds in color-saturated settings of floral fabric, artificial flowers and decorative household trinkets – the kinds of past-generation collectibles found in thrift shops and antique stores.
A quilt-like array of approximately 250 panels, it symbolizes the nesting instincts of women whose homes are a sanctuary of pride and obsession.
The installation wraps around the Library’s first-floor Genevieve Guldner Gallery, immersing its visitors. Some panels hide motion detectors that activate the sounds of various birds.
Carroll, who keeps a studio in Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District, has drawn most of her acclaim as a photographer whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Selections from her works are part of the permanent collections of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, among other places.
Over a period of nearly a decade, acclaimed photographer, artist, and filmmaker Judy Gelles posed three questions to fourth graders around the world. Who do you live with? What do you wish for? What do you worry about?
The students’ responses spoke to the common human condition and range of societal issues we face today – from violence and global hunger to immigration, the demise of the nuclear family, and the impact of media and popular culture. Gelles incorporated the images and words of 65 of the youngsters, from 10 different countries, in an absorbing traveling exhibition aimed at connecting visitors locally and globally and bridging cultural differences.
Gelles, who died in March 2020 at age 75, described herself as a “conceptual and photo-based artist using words and images to provide social commentary on who we are and how we think.” Her work is included in major collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.