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Klown Portrait Polaroid Workshop
January 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Do you want to be the model, makeup artist, photographer—or why not all three? In this interactive workshop by acclaimed visual artist Gail Thacker, participants will play with makeup, wigs, backdrops, and costumes to create an original Polaroid portrait photograph in the style known as Klown—denoting an exaggeration of everyday makeup and wear. Participants work together in rotating groups of three, to build an original story concept utilizing materials provided and create personal portraits that can be taken with them at the close of the workshop. Bring your own expressive props and wigs. All materials including makeup, Polaroid cameras, and Polaroid 600 color and black and white instant film are provided.
This workshop is recommended for ages 18+. LGBTQIA+/QTPOC friendly and allied space.
About Gail Thacker
Gail Thacker is a visual artist most known for her unique use of type 665 Polaroid Positive/Negative film, in which her subjects—friends, lovers, the city—become intertwined with the process and chemistry of her photos. She attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts and has lived and worked in New York City since 1982. She has been exhibited at the Museum of the City of New York, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, Daniel Cooney Fine Arts, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, ClampArt, and Grey Art Gallery in New York, as well as Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporáneo (CGAC) in Spain. Her work is included in numerous collections, including The Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston), Museum of the City of New York, Fotomuseum Winterthur (Switzerland), CGAC (Spain), The New York Public Library, and The Polaroid Collection (Massachusetts). Publications include Between the Sun and the Moon: Gail Thacker’s Polaroids (City University of New York), The Polaroid Book (Taschen), Mark Dirt (Paper Chase Press), Tabboo! The Art of Stephen Tashjian (Damiani), There Was a Sense of Family: The Friends of Mark Morrisroe (Moderne Kunst Nürnberg) and Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies (University of Nebraska Press).