Rose Marasco in her own words

Rose Marasco in her own words

Over the past forty years, Rose Marasco has built a photographic career that offers an extraordinary narrative about the transformative power of art. Rose Marasco: index brings that career together at the Portland Museum of Art in the artist's first-ever retrospective.

The exhibition highlights the vitality, dynamism, and overall spirit of American photography in the post-war period, when artists were turning away from the idea that a single print was the summation of artistic excellence, and instead thinking about how photographs could tell stories—how they could move us, make us think, and appeal to our ideas of what the world could be, as well as what it is.

Marasco is not only one of the finest narrative photographers in the country and beloved artists in Maine, but also an eloquent storyteller in her own right. In preparation for Rose Marasco: index, I sat down with Rose as she walked us through the milestones of her life's work. In this poignant and touching excerpt from those interviews (which became the catalogue Rose Marasco: index, available here), Rose reflects on her Catholic roots and upbringing in Utica, New York, and how the knowledge of oneself as an artist is inextricably tied to the past, as well as one's work.

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April 28, 2015
Deputy Director and Robert and Elizabeth Nanovic Chief Curator

Jessica May, PMA Deputy Director and Robert and Elizabeth Nanovic Chief Curator, was the project director of the museum’s acclaimed reinstallation project, Your Museum, Reimagined. May served as co-curator and co-author of Richard Estes’ Realism (PMA and Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2014), and curated the 2013 Portland Museum of Art Biennial, Piece Work. Her research and curatorial interests include the history of documentary practice, contemporary photography, and postwar figurative painting in America. Prior to coming to Portland, May was Associate Curator of Photographs at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas. She is the co-author of American Modern: Documentary Photography by Abbott, Evans, and Bourke-White (University of California Press, 2010), and the Subhankar Banerjee: Where I Live I Hope to Know (ACMAA, 2011). She graduated from Barnard College and received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, where she wrote a dissertation on Walker Evans. She lives in South Portland with her partner and son.