Angela Grauerholz: Sententia I to LXII

Installation shot, Museum of Contemporary Photography, 2000

About the Exhibition

Angela Grauerholz’s exhibition questioned the veracity of information housed in historic archives and underscored the role of the archive as a place of intellectual “travel.” Sententia I to LXII (1998) was comprised of sixty-two images housed in a specially made wooden cabinet that resembled a piece of antique library furniture, a fine retail display case or, when closed, a tomb. To see the images, the viewer was required to slide the photographs from the case one at a time. The massive cabinet suggested permanence, importance, and authority. In contrast, the photographs were ambiguous and moody, soft-focus images of transitional spaces: windows, doors, railroad tracks, a fleeting glimpse of passers-by.