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Rose Marasco: index

September 8, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Rose Marasco: index is a retrospective of a photographer’s inventive reflections on her world. Marasco’s provocative images mine concepts of framing, point of view, and orientation to create photographs with a complex relationship to the everyday. Curiosity informs her exciting, sometimes unconventional, approaches to the medium—processes include film, pinhole photography, montage, and artist’s books, in both black and white and color.

Raised in East Utica, NY, Marasco was the first photography instructor in the late 1970s at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute School of Art. Her earliest black-and-white pictures from that era capture Utica’s Italian-American experience in public religious festivals and intimate domestic interiors alike. Marasco subsequently moved to Portland, ME, where she found a wealth of inspiration. Much of her work, such as the Grange Halls series, can be characterized as documentary, while Domestic Objects and other projects are poetic interpretations of historical subjects and past lives.

Rose Marasco: index was organized by Jessica May, Deputy Director and Robert and Elizabeth Nanovic Chief Curator at the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME, and is accompanied by an exhibition catalog.

Learn more about the artist at her website,

Exhibition Programs

My Utica Exhibition 520 x 372 Event Image
Rose Marasco: index

In the exhibition, Rose Marasco: index, Rose Marasco’s distinctive views of Utica reflect her singular experience, capturing the city from her particular perspective at a particular time – approximately 40 years ago. Rose’s work has inspired us to invite our community members and visitors to send us their images of Utica so that Museum visitors can observe the many ways we see our city. A slideshow of the photos we receive will be available on a video monitor in the gallery through January 6, 2019.

  • Wednesday, September 19 - Saturday, December 1, 2018

New York State Council on the Arts with the support of
Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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