Record of Cherry Road
NYU's Gulf & Western Gallery
New York, NY
December 4, 2014 – January 25, 2015
The Department of Photography & Imaging presents Record of Cherry Road, an exhibition of photographs by alum Elizabeth Moran, recipient of the Department's 2013 Tierney Fellowship. Moran writes, "Record of Cherry Road investigates the myths that surround my family's home, the farmhouse of an old plantation in Memphis, Tennessee. Storied to be haunted, the house contains a multitude of histories that are ever-present yet hidden. With the help of my aunt and uncle, both paranormal investigators, the project seeks a presence that exists within familial lore... Documentation of paranormal activity from my mother's childhood, like a map of footsteps or a flash in a window, further conflate myth and history. Referencing spirit photography from the nineteenth century, when ectoplasm was made of cotton, and contemporary images of the paranormal, where chromatic aberrations are not just an artifact of a digital sensor, the project questions our continued reliance on photography to prove a belief." Photographs from Record of Cherry Road has been featured in the New York Times Lens Blog, BBC World News, Wired, Lenscratch, and Don/Dean.