Through the use of photography, both Marsha Burns and Lorna Simpson thoughtfully, and at times subtly, address issues of race and societal boundaries within their work. These two groupings of black and white portraits provide an opportunity for dialogue and thought around a more challenging topic – a way for us to continue a much needed conversation about race and equity, particularly within the city of Redmond and our diverse and changing community.
Marsha Burns, a native of Seattle, began making portraits of young adults who chose to set themselves apart from the mainstream, first in Seattle and later in other cities. "The people I choose to photograph are often those for whom negative or tragically simple attitudes have been formed by the majority of society," she writes. "In an age of technology and urbanization, I am drawn to the boundaries, to people whose existence is self-defined."
Lorna Simpson is well-known for her large-scale photograph-and-text works that confront and challenge narrow, conventional views of gender, identity, culture history and memory. While the pieces may appear straightforward, the photographs and accompanying text often confront the viewer with the underlying racism still found in American culture.
On loan from the Microsoft Art Collection.
Artists: Marsha Burns and Lorna Simpson
Date of Exhibition: Nov 2014 - Nov 2016