Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

The Little Chapel of Esoteric Cosmetology: Jonnie Anderson | Underground

WHAT: Solo exhibition in the Underground
WHO: Jonnie Anderson
WHEN: Opening Reception: Friday, June 4, 2010 | 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Gallery Talk: Saturday, June 5, 2010 | 12 noon
Exhibition continues through July 24, 2010
WHERE: Underground, Lower level of the Bemis Center


Jonnie Anderson

In these portraits of women who work as prostitutes on the streets most stripped of the manufactured glitz and glamour that is Las Vegas, we see the defiant joy of a glamour that forces its way past the cuts, bruises, and other marks of desolation that addiction creates. These women gaze into the camera and the camera, without judgment, gazes back, all the while subverting the poses and props of glamour and dehumanization of poverty and prostitution.

Jonnie Andersen grew up in rural Nebraska before getting a BFA in photography from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Andersen then moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where The Little Chapel project was made. She took two years off from southern Nevada to get an MFA in photography from Yale University School of Art. Andersen interned with Martin Parr in London before returning to Las Vegas to complete this project. Jonnie has worked as a cocktail waitress, fine dining captain, Glamour Shots photographer, pizza delivery driver, professor of photography at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and College of Southern Nevada, bartender, sommelier, web designer, news reporter, vintage connoisseur, modern furniture salesperson, horse trainer, seamstress, pool cleaner and she had an extremely brief career in professional boxing. She currently resides in Superior, Nebraska.

In the news:
Identity Check by Michael J. Krainak, June 16, 2010

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