2009 Davis Orton Gallery Exhibitions

October 23 to January 3, 2010

Nadine Boughton

Emily Corbató & Carol Krauss

The Pleasures of Modern Living
Photocollage by Nadine Boughton

Dude RanchDude Ranch by Nadine Boughton


Framing the View by Nadine BoughtonUsing vintage magazines and materials, Boughton scans and compose digital collages, piecing together fragments of memory into new narratives.  “My intention is to blend the nostalgia for the past with the darkness beneath ‘the pleasures of modern living.’  I am interested in the portrayal of women and domestic culture; the illusion of security; food as an object of desire and comfort; and the grip of materiality.”

Nadine Boughton, a native of Rochester, NY, studied photography with Garry Winogrand and at the Visual Studies Workshop/Rochester and Lesley and Radcliffe Seminars. “The Pleasures of Modern Living” was recently exhibited at the Griffin Museum of Photography. Her work has also appeared at the Danforth Museum of Photography and Boston area galleries including:  Panopticon, Nave and Bromfield. (above: Framing the View by Nadine Boughton)

Photographs by Emily Corbató and Carol Krauss


Emily Corbató and Carol Krauss’s elegant black and white photographs of buildings in steel and wood, modern and traditional are unified by skeletal structures, form and light. Side-by-side, Frank Gehry’s MIT Stata Center for the “intelligence sciences” and the anonymously built barn in New England can be viewed with a fresh perspective.

Emily Corbato has exhibited throughout New England and the US. Her work is in private and public collections including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Museum of Computer History (CA) and the Fitchburg Art Museums.  An exhibition of her landscapes from Plum Island, MA, “Absolution
of the Wind”, can be seen at Boston University: Rubin-Frankel Gallery, through December 21, 2009. She has been an Artist/Scholar at Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University since 2001.

Carol Krauss is an award winning photographer who has exhibited throughout New England. Krauss is currently President of the Board of Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts where she maintains a studio. In addition to her freelance and publication work, she teaches black and white photography in Concord MA.

November 21 to January 3, 2010 – Holiday Art Fair and Exhibition


Small Works including: mixed media and painting by Nancy Hart, photographs by Emily Corbato, Polaroid transfer prints by Carol Krauss, fiber-art by Cassandra Goldwater, jewelry by Flo Shulman and photobooks by Andrea Rosenthal, Meg Birnbaum, Emily Corbato, Mark Orton and Karen Davis. (left: “Jeanne”, mixed media by Nancy Hart)

Corn Dogs, Blue Ribbons and the American Pastoral

Meg Birnbaum

Also featured in group show:
The photographs of Ellen Feldman, Cassandra Goldwater and Frank Tadley 

Corn Dogs, Blue Ribbons and the American Pastoral
Meg Birnbaum

Cheek to Cheek by Meg Birnbaum
Cheek to Cheek by Meg Birnbaum

Artist Statement: This is a portfolio of photographs taken over a two-year period at fourteen summer fairs in New England ranging in size from small 4H events to giant ‘expos’. I was immediately attracted to the young members of 4H and Future Farmers of America. The deep connection with their animals was particularly intriguing and, for me, enviable. Coming from an urban area, I was surprised and delighted by how open and generous the 4H and FFA communities were.

Cow Flop by Meg Birnbaum

I found fairs to be a complicated balance of startling innocence and huckster sleaze. Everything is for sale, from whirlpool baths to religious salvation. So many disparate elements, and all exist in harmony against a backdrop of gleeful screams, bells and whistles, mixed with the pungent essence of livestock and the aroma of fried food. “We’ll fry anything,” one sign read, and indeed they do: fried dough, fried Oreos, and fried cheesecake just for starters.

This project presents an emotional and somewhat wistful visual record of this long-standing American tradition. I shot with black and white film using extremely basic plastic “toy” cameras because I wanted to lose sharp detail and capture just a fleeting moment, the broad stroke, a distillation of my experience during those hot summer days and nights. (above: Cow Flop by Meg Birnbaum)

BIO: Meg Birnbaum is a graphic designer and fine art photographer based in Massachusetts. She has work in the permanent collection at the Museum of Fine Art, Houston, the corporate program of the DeCordova Museum and the art collection of Meditech Corporation. Corn Dogs and Blue Ribbons has been exhibited at the Griffin Museum of Photography and Montserrat College of Art.