A new exhibit “Tommy Brown: Upstate,” featuring pictures of people, farms, and landscapes of Central New York, is set to run from February 9th through April 7th, in the Museum of Art, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. Brown will discuss his work during a gallery talk at 2 pm Sunday, March 10, 2019.
This is a retrospective of photographer Tommy Brown’s decades-long study of his home in and around Chenango and Madison counties. “Tommy Brown: Upstate” is the first museum exhibition of the photographs Brown has composed. The exhibition includes 42 large prints, ranging from the early 1980s through last summer.
Brown’s earliest images include black-and-white portraits of startling frankness. His color photographs of farm structures resonate with the poetic geometry of Modernist American paintings by artists such as Charles Sheeler or Georgia O’Keeffe.
Born in Norwich, NY, Brown earned his undergraduate degree from Colgate University and his Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University. His works are in the permanent collections of Colgate’s Picker Art Gallery, Munson-Williams Proctor Art Institute, Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection Yale University, Colby College Museum of Art, The Parrish Art Museum, Addison Gallery of American Art, Lightwork Collection Syracuse University, The Museum of the City of New York, and many private collections.
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute is a fine arts center serving diverse audiences through three program divisions — Museum of Art, Performing Arts, and School of Art. For more information, visit their website.
Photo: The Forest Doesn’t Hate Itself by Tommy Brown, 2018.