Columbus

Tina Barney

Columbus Museum of Art

In this selection of her work from the past twenty years, Tina Barney invites us into the pastel preserves of America’s WASPs. The twenty-seven chromogenic color prints on view in “Photographic Tableaux: Tina Barney’s Family Album” display bedrooms and bathrooms, living rooms and kitchens, in which infants, teenagers, mothers, and fathers appear to be casually expending a surfeit of leisure time. In nearly every “episode”—all the images seem infused with a vague sense of narrative—the figures are preoccupied with some mundane activity: carrying a book or a puppy, scanning the Sunday Times, fixing a snack.

Almost every aspect of the photographs seems to facilitate our entrance into this world. As if to acknowledge our presence, the subjects, with names like Jill, Polly, and Marina, often face us head on, as does Barney herself in the double portrait Jill and I, 1993. Future is positioned

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