After Minnie Griswold passed away in 1952, her sons locked up their mother’s house in Pawlet, Vermont and left all her belongings in place, unaltered. Thirty years later, Pawlet documentarians Susanne and Neil Rappaport would enter the home at the invitation of one of the brothers, Charlie, and go on to produce a collection of hand-colored photographs of Minnie’s home.
Exhibit on Display at the bennington museum march 30, 2019 through june 11, 2019
Today, nearly thirty years after Susanne and Neil entered the home, this rarely seen collection of over 45 hand-colored photographs comes to the Vermont Folklife Center as a new exhibition entitled, Up Home.
Below the surface, Up Home invites an examination of the intersection of documentary and artistic representation. “The photographs are beautiful, arresting, and mysterious,” writes Ned Castle, Vermont Folklife Center Vision & Voice Gallery Curator. “Beyond the prints themselves, and what they can tell us about Minnie Griswold, the exhibit offers the unique opportunity to contemplate the complexity and nuance of the documentary exercise.”
“Who is Minnie Griswold?” remains the central question and fascination of the exhibition, Up Home. Susanne writes in closing, “It took Neil about a month to make these images, and it has taken me almost a year to complete the colorings. It is clear to me that I have done my part for Charlie above all else, wanting him to know that in this process I have come to understand his act of reverence and the closeness he has to his Mother. I hope these photographs extend her spirit and his meaning and devotion, as I have given myself expression.”
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 PM the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury, VT will host a public reception and gallery talk with complimentary locally sourced food and drink, including beer, wine, craft cheeses, produce, and more will be served.