March 16 - June 1, 2017
"Return to the Clouds"
Massachusetts State House, Boston
The Executive Director of the Griffin Museum of photography Paula Tognarelli is the curator of the exhibition 'Return to the Clouds'. She says, "We are excited to exhibit Fran Forman once again as her last exhibition with us was in 2008." Tognarelli says more about the exhibition: "Much of what Fran Forman speaks to in her artwork is humankind's relationship to the past, to history and myth, our animal brethren and the concept of hope. The Return to the Clouds bird-cage shows itself in many of Forman's images due to her influence by the surrealist artist, Rene Magritte. The bird is a reoccurring character in her narratives that speak to freedom, escape and the natural world."
Fran Forman received her BA from Brandeis University in sociology and art, an MSW in psychiatric social work, and an MFA from Boston University. Forman is a Resident Scholar at the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis and represented by Pucker Gallery in Boston, Afterimage, Dallas TX and Susan Spiritus, Los Angeles, CA. A monograph, 'Escape Artist, the Art of Fran Forman,' was published in 2014 from Schiffer Books. Curator and designer Elizabeth Avedon selected it as one of the best photo books of 2014, and it won first prize in an international juried competition selected by 21st Editions.