Ariella Heise for the Smith College Museum of Art:
Last Fall, I was part of a group of students, faculty, and staff at Smith College that crowded around a large television monitor in an attempt to fit within the frame of photographer Meryl Meisler’s zoom screen. Meisler sat alone in her home, gazing upon an anonymous crowd of masked faces. We had gathered that evening to make the difficult decision of choosing one out of ten of Meisler’s photographs for SCMA to incorporate into its vast collection. As a result of this seemingly impossible task, the group voted to acquire three different prints, including two images that speak to queer life in 1970s New York.