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Tanya Marcuse


Tanya Marcuse

Division: Arts
Appointment: 2000

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AA Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 1983
BA Oberlin College, Art History, Studio Art, 1985
MFA Photography, Yale University School of Art, 1990

Professional History:

State University of New York
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Yale University School of Music and Art

Areas of Interest:

First and foremost I am interested in Photography. I teach photography at all levels, and have developed hybrid seminars that combine studio practice with photography history and theory, such as Portrait/Self-Portrait: History and Practice and Documentary Photography: History and Practice. I also teach Critical Issues in Contemporary Photography where we create an anthology of student writing about photography.

Research Interests/Professional Service:

My own work often references painting; recently I have been studying late Medieval painting and creating a body of photographs based on the triptych by Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights.

Recently, I gave a talk called "Concept and Object" at Yale University, as part of a day-long seminar on Photographic Materials and Processes organized by the directors of the Photography and Memory working group.

I've given other talks on my work at the International Center of Photography, NYU, Parsons, and the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Publications/Book Chapters/Exhibitions/Performances:

I have published three books, Undergarments and Armor (2005), Fruitless (2007) and Wax Bodies (2011). My photographs have been exhibited internationally including at the Julie Saul Gallery, (where my work is represented in NYC), Hemphill Fine Art, Yoshii Gallery, Stephen Cohen Gallery, the Museum at FIT, Belfast Exposed Photography in Northern Ireland, Las Palmas II Art Exhibition Centre in Rotterdam, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Corcoran Museum of Art. Undergarments and Armor was featured in Dress Codes: the Triennial of Photography and Video Art at the International Center of Photography in NYC and in Heroines at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid. My work has been reviewed or featured in The New York Times, Cabinet Magazine, Source Magazine, Orion Magazine, Photo-Eye, New York Magazine, the Village Voice, Artnews, Art in America, PDN, Art Issues and Artforum. My photographs are in the collections of the Corcoran Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, JGS, the Yale Art Gallery, and the Library of Congress.


I received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002-2003 to pursue my project Undergarments and Armor, which also won a 2005 JGS Book Project Award. I won a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship in 1985 and lived in the rain forest photographing a small group of South American Indians called the Bari. Other awards include the George Sakier Memorial Prize for Excellence in Photography from Yale, a John Anson Kittredge Award (Harvard), as well as two fellowships from the Center for Photography at Woodstock; I was a 2008-2009 nominee for the Real Photography Award, an international contemporary photography award.

Other Activities

Long distance open water swimming, reading about plants and gardens.