Tina Freeman: Lamentations
September 13, 2019 – March 15, 2020
Gallery Talk with Brian Piper: Wednesday, Nov 13, 12-1pm
Gallery Talk with Lily Brooks: Wednesday, Dec 11, 3-4pm
Book Signing: Saturday, Dec 14, 1pm
Over the past seven years, Tina Freeman has photographed the wetlands of Louisiana and the glacial landscapes of the Arctic and Antarctica. In Lamentations, Freeman pairs images from these dissimilar regions in a series of diptychs that function as stories about climate change, ecological balance, and the symbiotic relationship between disparate environments over time. Each pairing is chosen for the ways in which they relate, aesthetically and practically, demonstrating how rising sea level along the coast of Louisiana is both visually and physically connected to melting glaciers at the poles, despite the separation of vast distances. The large, color photographs in Lamentations make plain the crucial, threatening, and global dialogue between water in two physical states.
Gallery Talk: Tina Freeman: Lamentations with Brian Piper, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Assistant Curator of Photographs
Wed, November 13th at 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Artist’s Perspective: Photographer Lily Brooks discusses Tina Freeman: Lamentations
Wednesday, Dec 11 at 3pm.
Book Signing: On Saturday Dec 14 there will be a book signing in the museum store, beginning at 1pm.
For the past thirty-five years, Tina Freeman’s photography has focused on revealing interior subjects through the exploration of physical environments and natural light. In addition to architecture and interiors in her native New Orleans and around the United States and Europe, Freeman’s subjects include urban warehouses and Louisiana’s natural landscape and backcountry swamps. She is currently working on a project that juxtaposes images of the Louisiana wetlands and ice in the Arctic and Antarctic.
Earlier in her career as an editorial photographer, Freeman produced photographs for Color: Natural Palettes for Painted Rooms, which described ways to incorporate colors inspired by nature into home interiors. More recently, her examination (with Morgan Molthrop) of the interrelationship of artists with their work environments, Artist Spaces: New Orleans (2014) was published by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press. An exhibition of the same name was mounted at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans from March to September 2015. Longue Vue House and Gardens, a photographic study of one of New Orleans’s notable twentieth-century homes and formal gardens, was published by Skira Rizzoli Publications in 2015.
Freeman’s photographs have also been published by The New York Times Magazine, Art and Antiques, Connoisseur, House & Garden, Elle Decor, and Architectural Digest. In addition to receiving an “Art in Public Places” commission from National Endowment for the Arts, Freeman’s work has been exhibited in New Orleans, New York, Los Angeles, London and Moscow, and is included in permanent collections of the Bibliotheque Nationale de France (Paris), the National Media Museum (Bradford, UK), the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Luiciano Benetton Imago Mundi Collection in Italy.