Aurora Picture Show will present the 12th annual Aurora Award to photographer and filmmaker Laurie Simmons. Aurora Picture Show's Aurora Award Dinners are unparalleled events honoring some of the most significant media artists of the 21st Century and 22nd Century. The Aurora Award is an honor given to an artist who has exhibited extraordinary originality in the fields of media and multimedia art.
The Baldwin Gallery is pleased to present its fourth show with the acclaimed photographer Laurie Simmons. Since the 1970s, Simmons has staged and photographed scenes using dolls, dollhouses and other toy objects to create self-contained worlds that function as psychological spaces and blur the boundaries between the real, the unreal, and the surreal. These intricate alternate-realities, though staged with toys and inanimate objects, reflect our real human emotions, dreams, and fears and enable the viewer to ponder the human psyche more objectively. In her latest series, The Love Doll, Simmons photographed an anatomically correct "Real Love Doll" from Japan in a human-scale home.
Laurie Simmons (b 1949 in New York) is one of the leading figures in contemporary conceptual photography. The solo exhibition at the Gothenburg Museum of Art, her first in the Nordic countries, comprises a broad selection of photographs from the mid-1970s until today. Some 60 works are on display including photographs, sculptures and video.
The SCAD exhibitions department presents "Room In My Head: Staging Psychological Spaces," a group exhibition featuring contemporary photographers whose constructed or manipulated interiors present varied states of mind. These artists charge their environments with a heightened sense of drama and suspense emphasizing particular vantage points, lighting, imaginative architecture, and symbolic and often unsettling references to the human psyche. These staged spaces serve as metaphors for our emotions, fears and imaginings, and blur boundaries between the real, the unreal and the surreal.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, February – May 2012; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, June – September 2012; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, October 2012 – January 2013.
This show will travel to The Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham, NC 8/25/11 - 12/5/11 and to The Contemporary Art Museum, Houston TX 2/11/12 - 4/29/12.
Winner of the best narrative feature at the SXSW Film Festival, TINY FURNITURE is a hilarious and endearing film that explores the depths of romantic humiliation and the heights of post-college confusion. Writer/director/star Lena Dunham is being called one of the most exciting new voices in American independent cinema and critics are hailing her film as “irresistibly funny”, “unnervingly honest”, and “near perfection”. TINY FURNITURE also stars Dunham’s real-life sister, Grace, and real-life mother, Laurie Simmons, the celebrated artist and photographer.