Hovsepian is among the artists featured in the upcoming exhibition, Affinities for Abstraction: Women Artists on Eastern Long Island, 1950–2020

Kelly Taxter. Photo: Jenny Gorman; Sheree Hovsepian (American, born Iran, 1974) Mimesis, 2020. Silver gelatin prints, photograms, nylon, walnut artist frame, optium museum acrylic. 49 3/8 X 37 3/8 X 4 1/2 inchesCourtesy Higher Pictures Generation, New York; Sheree Hovsepian. Photo: Firooz Zahedi


WATER MILL, 04/23/2021—The Parrish presents a recorded conversation with Museum Director Kelly Taxter and Sheree Hovsepian (American b. Iran), who is among the 40 artists featured in the Museum’s new exhibition Affinities for Abstraction: Women Artists on Eastern Long Island1950–2020, opening May 2, 2021. In her conversation with Taxter on Friday, April 30, 5pm, Hovsepian will discuss her use of film-based cameras, light-sensitive paper, objects, and the human body to produce her acclaimed assemblage. The program is free; advance registration required at

Hovsepian’s work highlights the physicality of the photograph and photography’s relationship to the human body. Coaxed into sculptural forms, layered with tactile materials, and assembled into larger compositions, her pictures oscillate between object and image, creating a sensuous, bodily experience of the photographic document. Hovsepian’s work is in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Bronx Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Studio Museum in Harlem, among others. She was recently featured in solo and two-person exhibitions at The Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY; Halsey Mckay Gallery, East Hampton, NY; Higher Pictures Gallery, New York; Team Bungalow, Los Angeles with Paul Mpagi Sepuya; and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago. Hovsepian earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a dual BFA/BA from the University of Toledo, and studied at the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland in 1998.She serves on the Art Advisory Committee of Baxter Street Camera Club of New York, and lives and works in New York City and Bridgehampton, NY.

Kelly Taxter began her tenure as Director of the Parrish Art Museum on March 22, 2021. Previously, she joined the Jewish Museum in 2013, most recently named the Barnett and Annalee Newman Curator of Contemporary Art. Taxter led commissions, projects, and exhibitions with Math Bass, Eliza Douglas, Alex Israel, Eva LeWitt, Peter Shire, Laurie Simmons, Valeska Soares, Vivan Suter, and Lawrence Weiner, among others; and co-curated an exhibition on Isaac Mizrahi and thematic group exhibitions includingTake Me (I’m Yours) and Unorthodox. Taxter also organized major surveys of Marc Camille Chaimowicz and Rachel Feinstein and will serve as guest curator for the first U.S. survey of filmmaker Jonas Mekas in 2022. At the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, Taxter organized major solo exhibitions of Martin Creed, Harry Dodge, and Robert Longo. In 2003, with Pascal Spengemann, Taxter co-founded Taxter & Spengemann gallery, representing artists Lutz Bacher, Frank Benson, Xavier Cha, Matt Johnson, Kalup Linzy, Wardell Milan, and A.L. Steiner, and others. Taxter studied fine art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University, where she earned her B.A. She received her M.A. from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.


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