Personalities by
Gary Beeber
Exhibit: Sept 14 –
Oct 6, 2017

Honor Thy Mother
by Rocio de Alba
Exhibit: Sept 14 –
Oct 6, 2017

Personalities by
Gary Beeber
Exhibit: Sept 14 –
Oct 6, 2017

Personalities by
Gary Beeber
Exhibit: Sept 14 –
Oct 6, 2017

Honor Thy Mother
by Rocio de Alba
Exhibit: Sept 14 –
Oct 6, 2017

Photography by Gary Beeber & Rocio de Alba

Exhibit: September 14 – October 6, 2017
Opening Reception: September 21st from 5:00 – 9:00pm

Personalities by Gary Beeber

Personalities, a photo series from Gary Beeber offers a glimpse into the “lives of others” and features eye-catching, intimate images of people who lead unconventional lives. In 2006 Gary Beeber began making documentary films of sideshow performers and burlesque artists (Dirty Martini & the New Burlesque, and Bally-Master). The films he produced led him to the Triad Theater on West 72nd Street in Manhattan where he produced the hit, long-running live vaudeville  variety show Gotham Burlesque. Beeber photographed many of the performers featured in the show at locales from Sag Harbor to Coney Island, Times Square and the Lower East & Upper West Side neighborhoods of Manhattan.

In Personalities, the viewer is introduced to Mona Marlowe, a transgender NYC nightlife personality who idolizes Marilyn Monroe. Beeber, who spent a few months photographing her says, “Mona sacrificed everything to become the femme fatale she always wanted to be.” He continues, “When I photographed Mona I remember how intensely the room smelled of perfume.”

Beeber’s exhibit includes former Metropolitan Opera Singer Shelly Watson; Steve D., a red-blooded American with a strong point of view; Jimmy Mack, a truly unconventional fellow who Beeber met at a Polar Bear plunge when Mack, to raise money for charity, arrived in a head-to-toe mermaid costume; Coney Island Sideshow Artist known as The Twisted Shockmeister, Scott Baker; International Burlesque Star and Pin-Up Model Bettina May; Late-Night Host and a “walking art-piece” Early Ross; transformative Nightlife Entertainer Mss Vee; and collage artist David Slater.

Gary Beeber is an award-winning American photographer and filmmaker who has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States and Europe. Solo exhibitions include two at Generous Miracles Gallery in NYC and this show (2017) at The Griffin Museum of Photography. His work has been included in juried exhibitions throughout the country. Among Fortune 500 companies who collect his work are Pfizer Pharmaceutical, Goldman Sachs, and Chase Bank.

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Honor Thy Mother by Rocio de Alba

In Rocio de Alba’s early twenties her pious “old fashion” Hispanic parents divorced. Years later they confessed their most devoted accomplishment was “sparing [the children] the un-pleasantries associated with step-parents.” Yet almost immediately her mother began a relationship with a man who had two sons, while her father courted many women. Baffled, she witnessed her strict marital ethics unravel through the adults that enforced them and seamlessly integrated into a “modern family.” As this dynamic ensued, it revolutionized societal doctrines that enforce what a mother should look like and instead beckoned she reinvent herself unconventionally. 

In the series Honor thy Mother, Rocio creates humorous and dynamic self-portraits concentrating on the gamut of the contemporary mother prototype using props, make-up, and minimal post-production. The title of each image is significant as they persuade the viewer not just to question their own biases towards physical appearances, but also their paradigm ideologies of what they conceive to be a “suitable” mother.

Today, the mother archetype is a fierce and independent crusader. She is inducted to motherhood in unconventional methods such as artificial insemination arrangements, self-commissioned adoption agreements, volunteered foster custodial responsibilities, and of course conventional marriages. Augmenting to the layers of today’s family narrative is the legalization of interracial marriages (since 1967) and same sex marriages initiated in 2016. And due to new age media, feminist movements, and plastic surgery these women live longer, appear younger, and remarry multiple times. The modern matriarch may embody a flamboyant and defiant demeanor that inevitably rejects the gender-infected façade endorsed by masculine dominated status-quos, which were exemplified in the mid twentieth century.

Rocio (rohsee-oh) de Alba is an interdisciplinary artist and conceptual documentary photographer based in Queens, New York. She received a BFA from The School of Visual Arts and is an award-winning book designer and photography instructor. Rocio is a grant recipient of the Queens Council on the Arts with public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Her work has been shown internationally including exhibitions, features, and screenings at Month of Photography Los Angeles’ (MOPLA) Projekt – curated by Scott Thode; CNN Photos, New York Magazine, The New York Times Lens, and L’Oeil de la Photographie.

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Special thanks

Personalities and Honor Thy Mother are currently on display at the Griffin Museum of Photography from July 6 through September 1, 2017. Special thanks to Executive Director Paula Tognarelli who curated both exhibits, and Associate Director Mike Bodall who coordinated with the artists and arranged for shipment to Providence.

About Providence Center for Photographic Arts 

PCPA was founded to inspire creative development and provide opportunities to engage with the community through exhibitions, publications, education, and mutual support. We strive to advance our members’ careers, strengthen the appreciation of photo-based media, and foster dialogue around innovation in the arts. Our talented member artists come from both the local Providence area and far beyond. PCPA is non-profit organization led by dedicated volunteers. We run a full calendar of professional workshops, juried, group, and individual artist exhibits, member salons, and other activities throughout the year. All exhibits are free and open to the public. 

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