September 18 to October 24, 2015. There will be an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, September 18.
The works in this exhibition consist of 12 photos based on the idea of the Encyclopaedia, or a Systematic Dictionary of the Sciences, Arts and Crafts, a mid-eighteenth century French publication. The work presented a "taxonomy of human knowledge. The book categorizes branches of understanding the world into three categories: memory, imagination and reason.
Tan painstakingly selected images from her negatives to create each silver-gelatin print, which was then stained. Each piece was then coated in liquid emulsion and a new image was exposed. The images are mostly from sites important in American history--with the caveat that these sites tend to be lesser-known.
Tan holds a BFA from NYU and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts. Her work is in the collection of the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Crystal Bridges Museum, Hirshorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, the Albright-Knox Gallery and the Orlando Museum of Art.