GALLERY | BOOKS | VIDEO | DOWNLOADS | BIO | CV | CONTACT | INTRO Wallpaper.com Arles Discovery Award Nominee ŌPortrait ProjectsÕ is the title of Gay BlockÕs exhibition, encompassing a range of photographs from different projects undertaken throughout the last three decades.
"Twelve Great Books Published During The Year 2003"-Bertha Alyce Mother exPosed ... books that the editors of RALPH found to be the very best of 2003.
THE Magazine, October 2003: The Universe of Gay Block
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
RESCUERS: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust - Gay Block and Malka Drucker
FROM 1990 - 2004 RESCUERS WAS SHOWN IN 51 VENUES IN THE U.S. AND EUROPE:
1992 Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
1993 Mahn Und Gedenkstaate, Dusseldorf, Germany
Melanchthon Akademie, Cologne, Germany
The Des Moines Art Center, IA
The Corcoran Art Gallery, Washington, DC
Tufts University, Medford, MA
1994 Texas A&M University, College Station 1995 Witte Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX
Mead Museum, Amherst, MA
Goethe Institute, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Museum at Stonybrook, CUNY at Stonybrook, NY
1996 Grand Rapids Museum, IA
Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN
Harold Washington Library, Chicago, IL
1997 Indianapolis Children's Museum, Indianapolis, IN
Boston Public Library, Boston, MA
University of Bern, (U.S. Embassy sponsorship) Switzerland
1999 St, Leo College, St. Leo, FL 2000 El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX
Houston Holocaust Museum Houston, TX
2001 Museum of Art, University of CT
MORE SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2007 "Discovery Awards Exhibition", Arles, France 2005 "Out in Santa Fe: Portraits by Gay Block" Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM 2005 "People and Places", St. JohnÕs College Art Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2004 Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX, "Bertha Alyce: A Photographic Biography" 2003 University Art Museum, U. of New Mexico, Albuquerque, "Bertha Alyce: A Photographic Biography" 1996 Rhode Island School Of Design, Portraits: 2 Projects 1994 The Museum Of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM
"Summer Camp", The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
1986 Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY 1985 Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY
Northlight Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
1982 Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX 1977 Portland School Of Art, Portland, ME
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2004 "Visions of Passage," High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA 2002 "Photographers, Writers and the American Scene," MOCA, San Diego, CA 2000 "Texas: A Sense of Place" Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
"New Mexico 2000," Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM
1999 "The Changing Face of the Family: Photographs from the Collection," Jewish Museum, NY 1987 "Portrait: Faces Of The 80's", Virginia Museum Of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA (Catalogue) 1986 "Contemporary Texas", Amon Carter Museum, Ft. Worth, TX
"Western States Biennial", Brooklyn Museum, NY (Catalogue)
1985 "Naked", University Of Colorado, Boulder, CO
"The Family", University Of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
1984 "Personal Assignments: Four Photographers", Boston College of Art, Boston, MA
"Contemporary Color Photography", Sioux City Art Center, IA
1981 "Inside/Out: The Self Beyond Likeness", Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA
"Texas Photographers", Washington Project For The Arts, Washington, DC
1980 "SECA Invitational", San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art, CA (Catalogue)
"Response", Tyler Museum Of Art, Tyler, TX (Catalogue)
1977 "Four Texas Photographers", Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX (Catalogue)
"Images of Women", Portland Museum Of Art, ME
1975 "Breadth of Vision: Portfolios Of Women Photographers", FIT, New York
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Center For Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ
The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
University of Texas, Humanities Research Center, Austin, TX
Fort Worth Art Museum, Ft. Worth, TX
2003 White Fire: A Portrait of Women Spiritual Leaders in America, By Malka Drucker with photographs by Gay Block, Skylight Paths
Bertha Alyce, Mother exPosed, UNM Press, New Mexico
1992 Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage In The Holocaust, Gay Block and Malka Drucker, Holmes & Meier, New York
2001 "Bertha Alyce", A 24-minute video accompanying Bertha Alyce: Mother exPosed
Shown in 26 film festivals 2001-2005, awarded best short documentary in 4 of them
1991 "They Risked Their Lives: Rescuers Of The Holocaust", A 55-Minute Video Tape
FILM FESTIVALS, BERTHA ALYCE
2005 Mardi Gras Film Festival, Australia 2004 Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, Michigan
Madrid International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Spain.
Awarded People's Choice and Best Documentary
The Rochester Lesbian & Gay Film and Video Festival, NY.
Austin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, TX.
Awarded Best Girl Short Film.
2003 MIX: The New York Lesbian and Gay Experimental Film/Video Festival.
The 22nd Chicago Lesbian and Gay International Film Festival.
19th Berlin Lesbian Film Festival, Germany.
1st Person Cinema, Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, WA.
Minneapolis/St.Paul LGBT Film Festival, MN.
Oakland International Film Festival, CA.
Awarded Best Short Documentary.
Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, PA.
Outfest 2003: Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, CA.
Newport Beach Film Festival, CA.
Kansas City Jubilee, KS.
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Durham, NC.
Cucalorus Film Festival, Wilmington, NC.
New York Jewish Film Festival, NY.
2002 Santa Fe Film Festival, NM.
Dallas OutTakes Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, TX.
Denver International Film Festival, CO.
Mill Valley Film Festival, CA.
Boulder Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, CO.
Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, CA.
Dallas Video Festival, TX.
Taos Talking Pictures, NM.
As a portrait photographer, Gay Block began in 1973 with portraits of her own affluent Jewish community in Houston and later expanded this study to include South Miami Beach and girls at summer camp. Her landmark work with writer Malka Drucker, RESCUERS: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust, both a book and traveling exhibit, has been seen in over fifty venues in the US and abroad, including the Museum of Modern Art, NY, in 1992. In 2003 Block's 30-year portrait of her Mother in photographs, video, and words, Bertha Alyce: Mother exPosed, was published by UNM Press and began as a traveling exhibit. Also published in 2003 by Skylight Paths is another collaboration with Drucker, White Fire: A Portrait of Women Spiritual Leaders in America. In 2006, Block re-photographed women who were girls in her 1981 series from Camp Pinecliffe, twenty-five years before. Block's photographs are included in museums and private collections including MoMA New York, San Francisco MoMA, and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.