Spotlight

Francesca Woodman: Alternate Stories

Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
November 2 - December 23, 2021

Francesca Woodman: Alternate Stories was a solo presentation of vintage photographs by Francesca Woodman at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York from November 2 - December 23, 2021. The exhibition included more than twenty previously unseen works, and drew on the artist's writings about her practice in newly available archival material from the Foundation's holdings. The show presented thematic threads and groupings of images in relational contexts, offering a fresh perspective on Woodman's work.

Here you'll find a round-up of press about the exhibition; video vignettes by an array of art historians, curators and artists speaking on Woodman's photographs; and our own "backstories," which share additional archival materials and images which shed light on specific works in the exhibition.

Please also visit Marian Goodman Gallery's website to learn more about the exhibition and the related catalogue with a newly commissioned essay by novelist and critic Chris Kraus.

Press

Videos

Video vignettes by scholars, curators, and artists commissioned by Marian Goodman Gallery on the occasion of the exhibition: Chris Kraus, Drew Sawyer, Isolde Brielmaier, Kevin Moore, Elisabeth Sussman, Sabina Mirri, and Rosalind Krauss.

Chris Kraus on the work of Francesca Woodman: "Francesca Woodman: Alternate Stories," Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

In this video, Chris Kraus, the American critic and writer, talks through Francesca Woodman's artistic process.

Drew Sawyer on the work of Francesca Woodman: "Francesca Woodman: Alternate Stories," Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

In this video, Drew Sawyer, the Brooklyn Museum's Phillip Leonian and Edith Rosenbaum Leonian Curator, discusses Woodman's historical references and artistic affinities among her and her peers.

Ann Gabhart on the work of Francesca Woodman: "Francesca Woodman: Alternate Stories," Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

In this video, Ann Gabhart, Woodman Family Foundation Board member, former Director of the Wellesley College Museum, and curator of Woodman’s first solo museum exhibition at Wellesley and Hunter Colleges in 1986, reflects on her early experiences with and impressions of Woodman’s work.

Francesca Woodman. "Untitled," MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire, 1980. 5 5/8 x 5 5/8 in. Gelatin silver print.
Francesca Woodman. "Untitled," MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire, 1980. 5 5/8 x 5 5/8 in. Gelatin silver print.
Isolde Brielmaier on the work of Francesca Woodman: "Francesca Woodman: Alternate Stories," Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

In this video, Isolde Brielmaier, Deputy Director of the New Museum and the Curator-at-Large at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York, shares her thoughts on Woodman’s use of the body and the nude in her highly crafted photographs.

Francesca Woodman. "Untitled," MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire, 1980. 5 5/8 x 5 5/8 in. Gelatin silver print.
Francesca Woodman. "Untitled," MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire, 1980. 5 5/8 x 5 5/8 in. Gelatin silver print.
Kevin Moore on the work of Francesca Woodman: "Francesca Woodman: Alternate Stories," Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

In this video, Kevin Moore, a New York based curator and writer, on Woodman's Victorian aesthetic, identity exploration and the artist's role in her artistic narrative.

Elisabeth Sussman on the work of Francesca Woodman: "Francesca Woodman: Alternate Stories," Marian Goodman Gallery New York

In this video, Elisabeth Sussman, the Curator and Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography at the Whitney Museum of American Art, contextualizes Woodman's work within the framework of its era.

Sabina Mirri on the work of Francesca Woodman: "Francesca Woodman: Alternate Stories," Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

In this video, Sabina Mirri, Italian artist and close friend of Woodman, shares her memories and impressions of Woodman as a singular, compelling young woman and artist during her time in Rome.

Rosalind Krauss on the work of Francesca Woodman: "Francesca Woodman: Alternate Stories," Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

In this video, Rosalind Krauss, art critic and theorist and Columbia University professor, discusses her initial responses to Woodman’s photographs when co-curating the retrospective exhibition at Hunter and Wellesley Colleges in 1986. She advocates for the formal power and intelligence of Woodman’s work, then and still today.

Backstories

Additional images and materials from Woodman’s archive which shed light on her process and elaborate on specific works in the exhibition.

L to R: All images by Francesca Woodman. “Untitled," Florence, Italy, c. 1976. 4 5/8 x 4 3/4 in. Gelatin silver print / “Untitled," Florence, Italy, c. 1976. 4 5/8 x 4 5/8 in. Gelatin silver print / “Untitled,” Florence, Italy, c. 1976. 5 3/16 x 5 3/16 in. Gelatin silver print / Images 4-7: “Untitled,” made at La Specola, Florence, Italy, c. 1971.
Francesca Woodman. “Untitled," Florence, Italy, c. 1976. 4 5/8 x 4 3/4 in. Gelatin silver print.
L to R: All artworks by Francesca Woodman. “Splatter Paint,” Rome, Italy, 1977-78. 4 5/8 x 4 5/8 in / “Untitled,” Italy, 1977-78. 4 5/8 x 4 5/8 in (Giuseppe Gallo with Francesca Woodman) / All gelatin silver prints / Giuseppe Gallo, Bruno Ceccobelli, Francesca Woodman, Angelo Segneri, and Gianni Dessi installing the exhibition “Cinque Giovani Artisti" at Galleria Ugo Ferranti, Rome, 1978, photo © Mimmo Capone / Ugo Ferranti Archive / 4-5: Invitation card for “Cinque Giovani Artisti" at Galleria Ugo Ferranti, Rome, 1978.
Francesca Woodman. “Splatter Paint,” Rome, Italy, 1977-78. 4 5/8 x 4 5/8 in.
L to R: All artworks by Francesca Woodman. 1-6: Select pages and cover from "Some Disordered Interior Geometries,” 1981. From original artist book, 24 pages + cover / “Angels,” Rome, Italy, 1977-78. 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 in. Gelatin silver print / “Untitled,” Rome, Italy, 1977-78. 4 9/16 x 4 11/16 in.
Francesca Woodman. Pages from "Some Disordered Interior Geometries,” 1981. From original artist book, 24 pages + cover.
L to R: Artworks and contact sheet by Francesca Woodman. “Untitled,” Providence, Rhode Island, 1975-78. 6 3/4 x 6 3/4 in / Contact sheet, Providence, Rhode Island, c. 1975-78. 10 x 8 in / “Untitled,” Providence, Rhode Island, 1975-78. 7 3/8 x 9 1/2 in. All gelatin silver prints. © Woodman Family Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Francesca Woodman. “Untitled,” Providence, Rhode Island, 1975-78. 6 3/4 x 6 3/4 in. Gelatin silver print.
L to R: Artworks by Francesca Woodman. “A waltz in three parts - 3,” Providence, Rhode Island, 1975-78. 5 7/16 x 5 7/16 in / “Untitled,” Providence, Rhode Island, 1975-78. 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 in / “A waltz in three parts,” Providence, Rhode Island, 1975-78. 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 in / “Untitled,” Providence, Rhode Island, 1975-78. 5 1/2 x 7 3/8 in / “Untitled,” Providence, Rhode Island, 1975-78. 5 1/2 x 6 1/2 in / “Untitled,” Providence, Rhode Island, 1975-78. 7 3/8 x 7 3/8 in.
Francesca Woodman. “A waltz in three parts - 3,” Providence, Rhode Island, 1975-78. 5 7/16 x 5 7/16 in. Gelatin silver print.