moyra davey: ornament and reproach
moyra davey is an acclaimed photographer, writer, and filmmaker based in new york. this exhibition presents notable projects that davey has undertaken with curator john goodwin since 1993.
Through an understated approach to photography and video, as well as her insightful critical writing on photography, she considers the meanings carried in everyday objects. This exhibition provides an overview of her practice with early works including the multiple Money Box (1993), published by Shark Editions, New York; photographs from her Newsstand series (1993-94) and Bottle Grid series (1996-2000); and video works. For her 2001 exhibition at goodwater in Toronto, she began producing photographic mailers that carry the physical traces of their journeys through the mail system, a practice that has continued for subsequent exhibitions. She has mailed over 1,000 photographs across the world. A new set of mailers – 27 folded photographs taken in Trinity Church Cemetery in upper Manhattan – will be featured in the exhibition.
Born in Canada, Moyra Davey studied photography at Concordia University and the University of California. She has an extensive exhibition history, including Tate Liverpool (2013), Whitney Biennale (2012), Kunsthalle Basel (2010), and Fogg Art Musuem (2008). Publications by Davey include Copperheads (Bywater Bros. Editions, 2010), Long Life Cool White (Yale University Press, 2008), and The Problem of Reading (Documents Books, 2003). Her works are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Moyra Davey is represented by goodwater, Toronto and Murray Guy, New York.
Moyra Davey: Ornament and Reproach is curated by John Goodwin, and organized by Presentation House Gallery.