Katy Grannan: The 99

The 99, Grannan’s fourth solo exhibition at the gallery, is the result of three years of work in the Central Valley, in which she revisits the region of Dorothea Lange’s work in California during the Great Depression. The exhibition features new, large-scale color portraits and black-and-white photographs, and is accompanied by a two-volume publication.

Grannan’s new work is set in the parched landscape and forgotten towns along Highway 99, including Modesto, Fresno and Bakersfield. In her intensely vivid color portraits, the artist works at midday when the sun is direct and the heat is unrelenting, presenting each individual, often simultaneously heroic and vulnerable, against stark, white backgrounds.

In the black-and-white photographs, many of her subjects re-appear on Modesto’s South 9th Street and along the banks of the Tuolumne River. Everyday rituals, small interactions and moments of beauty on the fringes of society are depicted in detail, conferring significance to what is often overlooked.

Katy Grannan lives and works in Berkeley. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.

There will be a book signing with the artist at the opening reception for the exhibition, on Thursday, March 13, 2014, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Katy Grannan, Anonymous, Modesto, CA, 2013
Katy Grannan, Kings County, Central Valley, CA, 2013
Katy Grannan, Anonymous, Bakersfield, CA, 2011
Katy Grannan, Anonymous Oakland, CA, 2011
Katy Grannan, Inessa Waits Near South 9th Street, Modesto, CA, 2012
Katy Grannan, Anonymous, Modesto, CA, 2013
Katy Grannan, Deb Soaking Wet, Tuolumne River, Modesto, CA, 2013
Katy Grannan, Anonymous, Bakersfield, CA
, 2011
Katy Grannan, Anonymous, Modesto, CA
, 2012
Katy Grannan, April and Robert on Mattress Under 9th Street Bridge, Modesto, CA, 2013
Katy Grannan, Anonymous, Modesto, CA , 2013
Katy Grannan, Kiki Pays Debt, Room 123, Travelers Motel, Modesto, CA, 2013
Katy Grannan, Christ's Hands, True Love Family Church, Modesto, CA, 2012
Katy Grannan, Anonymous, Modesto, CA, 2013
Katy Grannan, Man Walks Alone Through Empty Lot, Intersection of South 9th Street and River Road, Modesto, CA, 2012
Katy Grannan, Anonymous, Modesto, CA
, 2013
Katy Grannan, View of Stanislaus County from California Aqueduct Vista Point, Newman, CA, 2011