Girls In Trees is an exhibition and publication curated by Rebecca Godfrey. Gathering together emerging and established artists, the project aims to explore and initiate a moment when wilderness and childhood collude.
Inspired by the offhand iPhone photographs she took of her young daughter tree-climbing, Godfrey was interested to see how other artists, including photographers, novelists, painters and poets, experience this fleeting moment of beauty, a moment when girls are precarious, agile, careless, carefree. Girls In Trees investigates and celebrates the moment of girls in trees as an often secret place of wildness, a time before they are girls in cars, in uniforms, in schools, in contained and restrictive spaces. The exhibit also aims to present and explore scenes of girls in trees found in literature, bringing to gallery walls images that match moments found in beloved books. In Wuthering Heights, for example, Emily Bronte describes Catherine in the trees, “swinging twenty feet above the ground (with) no necessity for descending... half thinking, half dreaming, happier than words can express.”
Rebecca Godfrey is the author of the novel, The Torn Skirt, and Under The Bridge, a work of reportage about the 1997 murder of a teenage girl. She is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo and MacDowell and a Visiting Artist at the American Academy of Rome. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and teaches Creative Writing at Columbia University. She lives in Red Hook, New York.
Opening Exhibit: October 15th 5-7pm
Viewing Hours: Oct. 16th, 22nd, 23rd 12-5pm
Book Launch Party & Reading: October 22nd 6-8pm
Extended Viewing Hours: Nov. 5 & 6th 12-6pm