Phantom Bodies: Photographs by Tanya Marcuse

January 22-February 26

Co-Curated by Lucy Bowditch, PhD
Visiting Artist Events Friday, January 27
Reception: 5-7 PM
Artist Lecture: 7PM, Saint Joseph Hall Auditorium, 985 Madison Ave., Albany

Tanya Marcuse investigates what remains, what is saved and what is lost, both in nature and culture. Phantom Bodies presents 42 platinum and 23 pigment prints, haunting photographs that bring together two seminal projects: Undergarments and Armor (2002–2004) and Wax Bodies (2006–2008). Both probe unsettling tensions between absence and presence, body and image, past and present. Undergarments and Armor is a culmination of the artist’s travels to archives and museums across the United States and England with the support of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Wax Bodies presents haunting images of 18th century wax anatomical models found in two little-known museum collections. La Specola, The Royal Museum of Physics and Natural History in Florence, Italy, was established at the height of the Enlightenment. The so-called “Phantom Bodies” were created to teach new scientific knowledge of the body, anatomy, childbirth and disease. The artist also photographed the collection of models at the Josephinum in Vienna (once the Military Surgical-Medical Academy in the 1780s).

Marcuse received a master of fine arts degree from Yale University and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her project “Undergarments and Armor.” Marcuse’s photographs are held in numerous museum collections including the Corcoran Museum of Art, Library of Congress, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, George Eastman House, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale University Art Gallery and Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale. Exhibitions include the International Center for Photography in New York; Deutsches Hygiene-Museum in Dresden, Germany; Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid; and the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Her work has been reviewed in numerous publications including The New Yorker, Cabinet Magazine, New York Magazine, Artforum, Artnews, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. The artist has published three books with Nazraeli Press: Undergarments and Armor (2005), Fruitless (2007), and Wax Bodies (2012). The artist is represented by Julie Saul Gallery, New York, and teaches photography at Bard College. Visit:

The Esther Massry Gallery gratefully acknowledges Claire Rogan, Curator, Davison Art Center at Wesleyan University for providing information and support in organizing the exhibition.

Esther Massry Gallery hours for this exhibition: Monday–Saturday noon–5 p.m., Wednesday–Thursday noon–8 p.m., closed Sunday except January 22 and February 26. The gallery will be open for 1st Friday, February 3, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Danny Ginsburg ’14
Hitting Bumps on the School Bus

Standish Atrium Gallery
September 9- February 26

Reception: Friday, September 9, 5-7 p.m.

Lively, abstract paintings executed in mixed media explore the jumbled barrage of everyday life, from random thoughts and mundane experiences to challenging events that saturate our psyche.  Colorful, layered patterns, shapes and spaces communicate feelings and ideas left open-ended like puzzles that remain unsolved. Danny graduated with a B.F.A. in painting in 2014 and is in his first year of the M.F.A. program in painting and printmaking at Yale University.

Danny Ginsburg Juice 2016Danny Ginsburg The Inferior White Male 2016



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