Dana Hoey has examined what it means to be female through her photography for more than 20 years. In exploring issues of gender and culture, Hoey uses both staged and directed photography. She began her work photographing friends in a narrative manner, often focusing on aspects of female aggression and competitiveness. Since then, Hoey has expanded her vision to include scenarios in which older women play central roles and typical female activities take on an elevated status. In reframing ideas about beauty, aging, and female identity, Hoey’s newest images retain threads of earlier narrative work, while reflecting a distinctly inward focus.
Dana Hoey: The Phantom Sex
2012, softcover, 108 pages, 9 x 11 inches, 82 color images. Introduction by Corinna Ripps Schaming, essay by Johanna Burton.
The museum is grateful to the following for their support of the exhibition, catalogue, and programs: University at Albany Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, The University at Albany Foundation, University Auxiliary Services, and the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation.