Closing Reception and Book Signing with Artist Kelli Connell

Embrace, 2020, by Kelli Connell

Exhibition News

Book Signing and Closing Reception with Artist Kelli Connell
Saturday, November 27 from 3-6 pm

The Center for Photography would like to invite you to join us for the closing reception of the current exhibition, Kelli Connell: Double Life, 20 Years, on Saturday, November 27 from 3-6 pm, including a book signing with the artist, Kelli Connell.

This reception marks the end of CPW’s nearly four-decade-long chapter at the iconic 59 Tinker Street building, and we would like to share this moment with you all. We are forever grateful to each person who contributed to CPW’s mission of supporting artists and helped cultivate the community we have today.

During the closing reception, we will be hosting a CPW tote bag giveaway and taking a moment to look back on all of the memories that have been made here. If you would like to submit a memory of your time at CPW, please reply to this email to be included.

This event will be the last opportunity to visit us in Woodstock, until we open our doors again in a few months at our new location at 474 Broadway, Kingston, NY. We look forward to greeting you in Midtown Kingston with the exhibition Wild Place: People of Kingston featuring photographs by Doug Menuez and curated by Charles Guice to be held at Prince Street Studios and our new space on Broadway. We look forward to closing one chapter and beginning the next one with you all.


Photographer Kelli Connell’s twenty-year project with one model represents an autobiographical questioning of sexuality and gender roles that shape the identity of the self in intimate relationships. The project’s multiyear span opens up new dialogues on women and aging and explores polarities of identity such as the masculine and feminine psyche, the irrational and rational self, the exterior and interior self, and the motivated and resigned. By combining multiple photographic negatives of the same model in each image, the dualities of the self are defined by body language and clothing. The importance of these images lies in the representation of interior dilemmas portrayed as an external object: a photograph. Through these images, the audience is presented with constructed realities.


Kelli Connell is an artist whose work investigates sexuality, gender, identity, and photographer/sitter relationships. Her work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the J Paul Getty Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, among others. Publications of her work include PhotoWork: Forty Photographers on Process and Practice (Aperture), Photo Art: The New World of Photography (Aperture), and the monograph Kelli Connell: Double Life (DECODE Books). Connell has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, PLAYA, Peaked Hill Trust, LATITUDE, Light Work, and The Center for Creative Photography. Connell is a publisher at SKYLARK Editions and also teaches at Columbia College Chicago.

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