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Microscope Gallery

Emma Bee Bernstein, Exquisite Fucking Boredom: Polaroids
  • Location
    Microscope Gallery
    4 Charles Pl. Street level
    Brooklyn, NY 11221
  • Dates & Times
    Friday June 1st, 2012, 1pm-6pm
    Saturday June 2nd, 2012, 1pm-6pm (event at 3-5PM - Reception)
    Sunday June 3rd, 2012, 1pm-6pm (event at 7:30PM to 11PM (OFF-SITE films & video))
  • Media
    Photography, Mixed Media, Video
  • Features
    Will Include Work For Sale
  • 5 participants

Microscope Gallery is also presenting an OFFSITE film & video screening SUN evening 6/3. Details below.

FRI, SAT & SUN June 1-3, 1-6PM
Polaroids by Emma Bee Bernstein
Curated by Phong Bui
Special Reception SAT 6/2 3-5PM, with artist Susan Bee and poet Charles Bernstein, parents of the artist

“Exquisite Fucking Boredom” features Polaroid images by artist/writer Emma Bee Bernstein (1985-2008). With intimate as well as often staged photographs of herself and her close friends, Bernstein – who committed suicide in Venice, Italy at the age of 23 – transforms the spontaneous, on-the-spot Polaroid aesthetic into a generational portrait of hyper-self-conscious, passionately alluring young women and men taking on adulthood with deadly serious abandon. The more than 200 photographs in “Exquisite Fucking Boredom” were taken during Bernstein’s college years, 2003 to 2007 and have never before been seen. The photographs have been assembled from Bernstein’s personal archive and private diary notebooks, which will also be on view. 

“[Bernstien’s work is] consistent in tone, with an atmosphere of tension, verging on discomfort though interlaced with humor, and a guardedness that never relaxes.” –Holland Cotter, The New York Times

Emma Bee Bernstein’s works have been previously exhibited in solo shows at the University of Chicago and Janet Kurnatowski Gallery in New York. Her work has also exhibited at A.I.R. Gallery, NYC, the Smart Museum, Chicago, and at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her book GirlDrive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism co-authored with Nona Willis Aronowitz was published by Seal Press in 2009. Belladonna #4, which features her writing and photographs, was published in 2009.

Phong Bui is an artist, writer, independent curator (curatorial advisor at MoMA PS1 2007 – 2010) and publisher of The Brooklyn Rail

Microscope Gallery presents the works of film, video, sound, new media and performance artists from the emerging to pioneers of their art forms. The gallery is located in Bushwick Brooklyn and opened in September of 2010.
Further details at www.microscopegallery.com

SUN JUNE 3, 7:30 – 11 PM
Microscope Gallery presents
Holy BOS! films and video program
for Holy Bos! Festival
at Bobby Redd Project Space (The Church)
626 Bushwick Avenue (at Jefferson) Brooklyn 11221

In connection with the Holy BOS! Festival at the Bobby Redd Project Space (The Church), Microscope Gallery presents an evening of film, video and performance, including two curated programs of innovative films and videos by Bushwick artists followed by “(A)n (E)ye (i)s (a)n (O)rgan (U)nleashed”, multi-projector and sound performance featuring Bradley Eros, Lary 7, Kenny Wollesen, Dalius Naujo, Rachael Guma, Natas, Rachelle Rahme, Amanda Long , Kenny Curwood on organ, percussion, choir, electronics, foley, and video and film projections.

Full Program will be posted at www.microscopegallery.com on May 25th.

Emma Bee Bernstein, Microscope Gallery, Exquisite Fucking Boredom: Polaroids , Microscope Gallery, , 4 Charles Pl.