From Vince Aletti’s review for The New Yorker:
“Hesitating Beauty,” an exhibition of photographs (and a related book) with a title borrowed from Woody Guthrie, is a work of creative nonfiction. The beauty it revolves around is Lutz’s vivacious and unstable mother, who was occasionally institutionalized for her mental illness but remained a magnetic force in his life. Her story is told, scrapbook-style, through a combination of family snapshots and pictures taken by Lutz, some of which were digitally manipulated or staged with surrogates for his mother and father. The confusion between document and invention reflects Lutz’s mother’s loose grasp on reality, as well as the photographer’s ambivalence about transforming his personal history into this artful, unsettling narrative. Through May 18.