LaToya Ruby Frazier, a photographer who has won accolades for her vital images of workers across America, will have her biggest US survey to date at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 2024.
Opening on May 12 of that year, the show will include a range of photographic installations made over the past two decades. Among these pieces will be one being debuted at the 100-work show: what is being billed as a “monument” to Chicana labor activist Dolores Huerta, who will be portrayed by Frazier in an eight-foot-tall portrait.
Many of Frazier’s works have powerfully broached vital issues related to class, labor, race, and gender, touching on how oppression often works in unseen ways that extend across multiple generations. Relying on a style derived from documentary photography of the first half of the 20th century, she often takes portraits of her sitters, with whom she comes to develops close ties and then enlists as collaborators. Frequently, her focus is Black workers, in particular Black women.
That series about Baltimore health workers, which recently appeared in the Carnegie International, is set to show at Gladstone Gallery in New York starting today. Her participation in the Carnegie International won her the Carnegie International’s prize. In 2015, she won a MacArthur “genius” fellowship.
In a statement, Frazier said, “It is incumbent upon me to resist—one photograph at a time, one photo essay at a time, one body of work at a time, one book at a time, one workers’ monument at a time—historical erasure and amnesia.”
LaToya Ruby Frazier, Sandra Gould Ford Wearing Her Work Jacket and Hard Hat in Her Meditation Room in Homewood, PA from “On the Making of Steel Genesis: Sandra Gould Ford,” 2017.
LaToya Ruby Frazier, LaToya Ruby Frazier Takes on Levi’s, 2010.
LaToya Ruby Frazier, Shea Brushing Zion’s Teeth with Bottled Water in Her Bathroom, Flint, Michigan from “Flint is Family in Three Acts,” 2016–17.
LaToya Ruby Frazier, Edgar Thomson Plant and The Bottom from “A Despoliation of Water: From the Housatonic to the Monongahela River (1930-2013),” 2013.
LaToya Ruby Frazier, Dr. Anika L. Hines from “More Than Conquerors: A Monument For Community Health Workers of Baltimore, Maryland,” 2021–22.