Discipline: Visual Art – photography

Tanya Marcuse

Discipline: Visual Art – photography
Region: Barrytown, NY
MacDowell fellowships: 2018

Tanya Marcuse is a photographer whose recent work investigates the natural world in immersive 5-foot x 10-foot photographs. These obsessively detailed photographs, each the product of weeks of collection and composition, are perched between the natural and the fantastic, evoking a Boschian world of allegory and fable. She has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim fellowship, and has published three books with Nazraeli Press, Undergarments and Armor (2005), Fruitless (2007) and Wax Bodies (2012). Her work is in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the George Eastman House, the Yale Art Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. Her work is represented by Julie Saul Gallery in New York City, where she has had four solo exhibitions. She studied art history and studio art at Oberlin and earned her M.F.A. from Yale. She lives and works in the Hudson Valley and teaches photography at Bard College. At MacDowell, she created a mock-up of her forthcoming book comprised of three major projects, Fruitless/Fallen/Woven, with Radius Press. In addition, she created a series of formal portraits of fellows and staff in the MacDowell community. Her recent series of large-scale photographs, “Woven,” was exhibited at Julie Saul Gallery in NYC in the fall of 2017. During her residency she installed a 66 x 126” studio print from the "Woven" series at the James Baldwin Library, and had a group of high school students visit her studio.



Tanya Marcuse worked in the Heinz studio.

The icehouse, built of fieldstone in 1914–1915, was a practical part of Mrs. MacDowell’s plan for a self-sufficient farm. Winter ice cut from a nearby pond was stored here for summer use on the property. Idle since 1940, it was a handsome but outdated farm building. In 1995, Mrs. Drue Heinz, a vice chairman of…

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