Memory is a Verb: Exploring Time and Transience

Peer through the lens of eleven women photographers as they reflect on memory, nostalgia, time, and human identity in this poignant installation curated by Emily Edwards.

April 15 – May 13, 2023

Opening Reception:
April 15 from 6-8pm

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday – Friday 11am – 5pm
Saturday 12pm – 5pm
or by appointment.

Memory is a Verb: Exploring Time and Transience brings together eleven women photographic artists exploring the liminal space between time and transience. Represented in this body of work are the universal concepts of loss, mortality, and legacy, and the exploration of what inspires us to seek solace and reexamine our histories; subsequently unearthing discoveries about ourselves, our relationships, and our place in the universe.

Through the artistic expression found in Memory is a Verb: Exploring Time and Transience, this group of creators from different geographies, experiences, and backgrounds, give voice not only to their reality, but to the multitude of perspectives and possibilities contained within. It is a universal desire to be connected and remembered – to honor our past into our future.  The search for meaning during a time of profound disruption is a humbling human journey eloquently captured in Memory is a Verb: Exploring Time and Transience.

Elizabeth Bailey, House Next Door
Annette LeMay Burke, Dining Room Dinghy
Dena Eber
Sarah Hadley, Crossing Paris
Diane Hemingway, Buttercups
Susan Lapides, Sina, age 20
Annie Omens
Lori Ordover
Jennifer Pritchard, The Offing 2
Rosalie Rosenthal, Josephine Seen and Unseen
Aline Smithson, Lisa
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Remarking on Lucia Moholy’s quote from her 1939 text, A Hundred Years of Photography, Lisa Volpe, Associate Curator of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, considers Lucia’s sentiment to that of the times we live in today:

“I am of my times.” Lucia’s call echoes down to us. Is our time different? Are we still in the shadows? Time marches on and yet we are besieged by stunning setbacks, social criticism, and even the erasure of rights. Recent political and legal maneuvers have reminded women that they are second-class citizens. Despite priding itself on liberal and progressive values, the art world is no different. On average, art by men commands ten times higher prices than that of a woman artist. Men’s work, or men themselves are valued more than women. We are all a product of our times, our value determined by sociopolitical forces. And yet, women move forward.” – Excerpt from Memory is a Verb exhibition catalog

Curated by Dallas’ own Emily Edwards, Memory is a Verb: Exploring Time and Transience is the first in a series of exhibitions and events at DCP in 2023 dedicated to presenting and celebrating the work of non-male creatives working within the field of photography.

The exhibition’s participating artists are:

Elizabeth Bailey
Annette LeMay Burke
Dena Eber
Sarah Hadley
Diane Hemingway
Susan Lapides
Annie Omens
Lori Ordover
Jennifer Pritchard
Rosalie Rosenthal
Aline Smithson

Distinct experiences compelled these women to reclaim their histories. The journey of encouragement and growth comes to the Dallas Center for Photography. Now more than ever, it is important to highlight women’s visual narratives and continue the long history of women photographers telling their stories their way. With the advent of digital technologies and the world wide web in the 21st century, photography has remained a significant tool of self-determination.

Visit the group’s website here to learn more about the individual artists.

Emily Edwards is the Assistant Curator at Dallas Contemporary. While there, she has curated solo exhibitions of artists Gabrielle Goliath, Natalie Wadlington, Shilpa Gupta, Ariel Rene Jackson, and Margarita Cabrera and assisted over thirty exhibitions. She is currently working on presentations of artists Bianca Bondi and Chloe Chiasson. Prior to Dallas, she worked at the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Her research interests include memorialization, diasporic art, and sociopolitical commentary. She graduated with a BFA with Honors in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA in Art History and Museum Studies from Georgetown University.