EXHIBITION

Denny, Frances F., Edith, with a portrait of her ancestor
Edith, with a portrait of her ancestor
Denny, Frances F., Floral Patterns
Floral patterns
Denny, Frances F., Portrait of my grandmother, at my mother's house
Portrait of my grandmother, in my mother’s house
Denny, Frances F., Hope, in the guest bedroom
Hope, in the guest bedroom
Denny, Frances F., Moving Boxes
Moving boxes
Denny, Frances F., Aunt N., before her portrait
Aunt N., before her portrait
Denny, Frances F., Lali Woods Hole
Lali, Woods Hole
Denny, Frances F., Polka dot blouse
Polka dot blouse
Denny, Frances F., Attic
Attic
Denny, Frances F., China pantry
China pantry
Denny, Frances F., Cake
Cake
Frances F. Denny, My mother (Thanksgiving)
My mother (Thanksgiving)
Denny, Frances F., Wallpaper
Wallpaper
Denny, Frances F., Edith with the Blue Volvo
Edith, with the blue Volvo
Denny, Frances F., Walk
Walk
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Touch
Denny, Frances F., Hierarchies
Hierarchies
Denny, Frances F., My mother's hands
My mother’s hands
Let Virtue Be Your Guide, Installation 1
Installation Image 1
Let Virtue Be Your Guide, Installation Image 2
Installation Image 2
Let Virtue Be Your Guide, Installation Image 3
Installation Image 3
Let Virtue Be Your Guide, Installation Image 4
Installation Image 4
Let Virtue Be Your Guide, Installation Image 5
Installation Image 5
Let Virtue Be Your Guide, Installation Image 6
Installation Image 6
Let Virtue Be Your Guide, Installation Image 7
Installation Image 7

November 19 – December 30, 2015 [EXTENDED]

Opening reception:
Thursday, November 19, 2015
6.00 to 8.00 pm

ClampArt is pleased to present “Frances F. Denny: Let Virtue Be Your Guide”—an exhibition to coincide with the release of the artist’s monograph of the same title from Radius Books (Hardcover, 9.75 x 10.5 inches, 128 pages, 36 color plates, $45). This is Frances F. Denny’s first solo show.

“Let Virtue Be Your Guide” examines the artist’s family and their deeply rooted history as early settlers of New England. One ancestor, John Howland, was a deckhand aboard The Mayflower. Unearthing the idea of feminine “virtue” from the confines of its historical meaning, the photographs of the women in the artist’s family have a watchful quality, as if the artist is defining for herself what it means to be a woman. Her sitters, and the domestic spaces they inhabit, together evoke a distinct and well-worn privilege. In the photographs seams pull apart exposing the shifts occurring across generations of women. The resulting collection of images becomes a search for meaning in heritage, a challenge to the notion of legacy, and the artist’s reckoning with a traditional version of American femininity.

The photographs included in “Let Virtue Be Your Guide” were taken between 2011-2014. They were shot in nine private residences located in Maine, Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island.

Frances F. Denny (b. 1984) is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York, whose work investigates the development of female selfhood and identity. She holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BA from the Gallatin School at New York University.

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