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From Jessica Steinhoff’s review for Isthmus / The Daily Page:

Don’t let the name of Edgewood College Gallery’s latest exhibition fool you. “Art Lesson: The Boston School Considered” (through Feb. 24) isn’t really about Boston. Some would say these photos are about New York during the birth of punk and the emergence of AIDS, but that’s not the whole story either. They’re also about in-between places: the couches we crash on while waiting for a more permanent address, the rocks that separate land from sea, the film that lies between a photographer and his subject. These are the spaces where transitions occur, or where something—or someone—disappears.

Mark Morrisroe embodied the risks that come with living on the margins. As a teenager, he worked as a prostitute to pay the rent. The Boston Strangler was his mother’s landlord. He died of AIDS in 1989, at age 30, after documenting his physical decline on film. Though Art Lesson’s other photographers, Nan Goldin and Jack Pierson, achieved more recognition, Morrisroe’s contributions are perhaps the most memorable.

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