Collection Rotation: Tammy Rae Carland

Our regular feature, Collection Rotation. Every month, I invite a guest to organize a mini-exhibition from our collection works online. Please welcome artist, filmmaker, and founder of Mr. Lady Records, Tammy Rae Carland. Superb.

C. Seaver Jr., View at Skinnersville, ca. 1874; Collection SFMOMA

Eadweard Muybridge, Woman jumping over barrier, 1887; Collection SFMOMA

Gertrude Käsebier, My Neighbors, 1905; Collection SFMOMA

Claude Cahun, Untitled (Self-Portrait), ca. 1928; Collection SFMOMA © Estate of Claude Cahun

Tato (Guglielmo Sansoni), Il perfetto borghese (The Perfect Bourgeois), 1930; Collection SFMOMA

John Gutmann, Two Girls, 1935; Collection of the Sack Photographic Trust © 1998 Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents

Clarence John Laughlin, The Mirror of Nothingness, 1957; Collection SFMOMA © The Historic New Orleans Collection

Leland Rice, Untitled, 1969; Collection SFMOMA © Leland Rice

Robert Heinecken, Figure Horizon, 1971; Collection SFMOMA © Estate of Robert Heinecken

Candace Plummer Gaudiani, Stephanie’s Wedding, Halloween, 1998; Collection SFMOMA © Candace Plummer Gaudiani

Richard Barnes, Unknown (Ovoid Nest, Pt. Reyes), from the series Grid of Nests, 2000; Collection SFMOMA © Richard Barnes

My cruising of SFMOMA’s collection was inspired by an essay written by Catherine Lord and published in Frame Work magazine in the early 1990’s. The essay, titled “Looking For My Museum,” is really more of a meandering memoir piece and has been a touchstone for me around many conversations about queer visibility, memory and personal history. — TRC


Tammy Rae Carland‘s work has been screened and exhibited in galleries and museums internationally including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berlin and Sydney. She has been featured in numerous publications, including Artforum and Pulse. She is co-founder and owner of Mr. Lady Records, an independent record label and video distribution company, and is currently chair of Photography at California College of the Arts. She lives and works in Oakland, California, and is represented by Silverman Gallery, San Francisco.

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