' Susan Wides
Susan Wides
and something happens to the light
May 02 - July 25, 2020

Press Release


and something happens to the light — The title of the photographs is a line from a poem that Robert Kelly wrote in response to Wides’ work. The setting for these photographs is close to home at her muse, the Cloves of the eastern Catskills. Here are the same luminous mountain canyons favored by Thomas Cole, the works reflecting across time on this site’s spiritual rhythms and its imperiled nature, today more severe than ever before.

…the beauty of such landscapes are quickly passing away–the ravages of the axe are daily increasing–the most noble scenes are made desolate, and oftentimes with a wantonness and barbarism…(Thomas Cole)

Every period has its own optical focus.(Laszlo Maholy-Nagy)

Using a single exposure of a handheld camera with focal manipulations of the lens, Wides fuses a supple language inspired by contemporary abstract painting and Bauhaus photographic experimentation with an ecologically driven representation. Seeking to entice the viewer’s perceptual and emotional awareness of the self and nature, Wides constructed the images using branches along streams in the forest. Wides worked on-site with the camera’s lens’ focus, the depth of her set and its surround, and spatial imagination. 

Primarily abstract defocussed areas of color and sharply focused bits evoke the immediacy of sensory awareness, bodily experience, and memory, coalescing in a a multivalent visualization of a place. Here, ephemeral light on fast-moving water, made perceptible only in the photographs, takes on unlikely shapes in spaces untethered from their origin–forms that press close to the viewer and moments of vanishing resources held in suspension.

 and something happens to the light 



link to artist website



BROOKLYN RAIL February 08,2018 by Hearne Pardee Susan Wides: this:seasons

link to Brooklyn Rail review

Just as Impressionists brought viewers into contact with the reception of light in the eye, Susan Wides immerses them in the more active process of focus. The apparently stable, seamless visual field is just a convenient fiction: our eyes, in conjunction with other senses, are actually in constant motion…

Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX has acquired September 3, 2016_11:02:10 by Susan Wides for their Photography Department.


2020 Kim Foster Gallery, New York, and something happens in the light

2017  Kim Foster Gallery, New York, This–Seasons

2016 ‘T’ Space, Rhinebeck, New York

2013  Kim Foster Gallery, New York All the Worlds

2011  Hudson River Museum, New York Hudson: Mannahatta to Kaaterskill

2010 Kim Foster Gallery, New York Art & Entertainment

2007 Kim Foster Gallery, New York Mannahatta

2006 Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, NY Hudson River Landscape

2005 Kim Foster Gallery, New York Kaaterskill

2003 Kim Foster Gallery, New York Arachnoid

2001 Kim Foster Gallery, New York Fresh Kills

2000 Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ Name of the Rose

1999 Barry Singer Gallery, Petaluma, CA

1998 Kim Foster Gallery, New York Mobile Views

1996 Kim Foster Gallery, New York Signs, flowers and other memories

John Jay College Gallery, New York You’ll Be History

1993 Metropolitan Transit Authority Arts for Transit Exhibition, New York The Name of the Rose. Bowling Green & Yankee Stadium Subway Stations (through 1995)

1991  Art in General, New York Past & Present

1990 Urbi et Orbi Galerie, Paris, France World of Wax

PS 122, New York Femme Fatality

The Hudson River Museum, Westchester, NY Emerald City & Strange Love

Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY

1984 Hidden Noise, New York, NY



2019 Hearst Galleries, art.now.2019 metamorphosis : changing climate, curator Betty Levin, New York, NY 

2018 Studio 10 ‘Somewhere, Somehow’ Artists: Gary Stephan, Steel Stillman, Susan Wides, Brooklyn, NY 

2018 Human/Nature, Wayne State University, Elaine Jacob Gallery, Detroit, MI

2017 Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel, The Wax Museum: Approaching Celebrities

2015-17 US Art in Embassies Program, Ankara, Turkey 

2015 The Hewitt Gallery, Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY

Athens Cultural Center “Taking Root: Caniskek and the Meeting of Two Worlds

2014 CRIO, Hudson, NY, Heavy Equipment

Eastern Standard, Catskill, NY, Indirect Lines to the Hudson River School

2013 Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY Recent Acquisitions

Scenic Hudson 50 Anniversary Exhibit, Of Time and Place curated by Kate Menconeri, Hudson Opera House, Grand Central Station and other locations along the Hudson

2012 Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, NY New York in Color

Westport Art Center, Westport, CT Toy Stories curated by Helen During & Dominick Lombardi

Islip Art Museum, Islip, New York Urban/ Suburban

Tremaine Gallery, Hotchkiss School, CT Fabricated curated by Melissa Stafford

Prographica, Seattle, WA Landscape: Urban and Rural curated by Norman Lundin

2011 Athens Cultural Center, Athens, NY Constant Gardeners: Susan Wides and Jim Holl

Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY Monkey Spoon curated by Dominick Lombardi

Brik Gallery, Catskill, NY Cowgirls of the Hudson curated by Richard Timperio

2010 Alan Klotz Gallery, New York, NY Coming of Spring

Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY PQ:IOO

Fotofest 2010 Biennial, Houston, TX Re-Imagining Place

2009 Philoctetes Center, New York, NY Hive/Web/Mind curated by Hallie Cohen

Nicole Fiacco Gallery, Hudson, NY Upstate

Alan Klotz Gallery, New York, NY Seeing the Hudson

2008 Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY, Triennial 2008

2007 Samuel Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz NY Defining Art: New Acquisitions

2006 Cornell Fine Art Museum, Rollins College, FL Revising Arcadia: The Landscape in Contemporary Art curated by Luanne McKinnon

Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY Terrain

Kleinert James Art Center, Woodstock, NY Unexpected Catskills curated by Portia Munson

Center For Photography, Woodstock, NY

2005 New Jersey Center For The Visual Arts, NJ Among the Trees curated by Kimberly Marrero
2003 Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

2002 Here is New York: A Democracy of Photographs worldwide traveling exhibition

New Gallery, University of Miami, FL Land

Center For Photography, Woodstock, NY

2001 Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY Fresh Kills: To the Closure

Municipal Arts Society, New York, NY Fresh Kills: To the Closure

Museum of Contemporary Art, Baltimore, MD Snapshot

2000 Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT, After Eden: Garden Varieties in Contemporary Art. Artists: Beuys, Campus, Goldsworthy, Graham, Holzer, Marshall, Wides, et al.

Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ Recent Acquisitions

The Museum of the City of New York, NY New York Now Artists: Epstein, Lutter, Morrell, Moore, Wides et al

Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY

Karen McCready Gallery, New York, NY My Girlfriend Iris

Herbert Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Syracuse, NY One man’s eye: photographs from the Alan Siegel collection

1999  Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY Souvenirs: Collecting, Memory and Visual Culture

Wessel O’Connor Gallery, NY Women curated by Vince Aletti

Pingree Gallery, East Hampton, NY Landscape: Three Views

Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle, NY Psychological Realism

1998  Joseloff Gallery, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, CT Beyond the Label

Troyer Fitzpatrick Lassman, Washington D.C.

1997  The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, Museum Studies curated by Ellen Fleurov

Artists: Sugimoto, Wides, Wilson, et al.

1995  Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY

1994  Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey, Apples & Oranges: Contemporary Artists and  the Emerson / Rejlander Debate curated by Ellen Handy

Carl D’Aquino Gallery, New York, NY

1993  Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton University, New Jersey, Recent Acquisitions:  Contemporary Photography curated by Peter Bunnell. Artists: Barney, Heineken, Parr, Simpson, Wides, et al.

Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY. Foreign Ferns: Botanical Studies from Talbot to the Present. Traveled to Hiram Butler Gallery, TX

SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA Paradise Lost­

Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ, Contacts/ Proofs curated by Gary Sangster

Marymount Manhattan College Gallery, New York, NY

1992  Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA curated by Maurice Tuchman

The Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY The Surrogate Figure: Intercepted Identities in Contemporary Photography. Artists: Barrette, Bieber, Ellis, Ross, Simmons, Wides.        Traveled to the Rosa Esman Gallery, New York, NY and the Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Portland, OR, curated by Julia Ballerini

The New York Public Library, New York, NY, Selections from the Collection

Deson Saunders Gallery, Chicago, IL, Artforms

The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY

1991   Pierre Bernard Gallery, Nice, France. Sphinx: Bill Henson, Thomas Ruff, Susan Wides

Coup de Grace Gallery, New York, NY

Herron Gallery, Indianapolis Center Contemporary Art, Indiana

1990  Soho Center of Visual Arts, New York, NY Made in Photography

Trenkmann Gallery, New York, NY

1989  Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY Recent Acquisitions curated by Barbara Millstein

Squibb Gallery, Princeton, NJ Fictive Strategies: Actuality and Originality in Contemporary Art. Artists: Casebere, Lawler, Levinthal, Samaras, Sherman, Simmons, Wides, et al.

1988  The Burden Gallery, Aperture Foundation, NY Suitable for Display: Museum, Spectacle, History. Artists: Faust, Ladda, Neumaier, Ross, Wides



Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX

La Bibliotheque Nationale de France

The Brooklyn Museum

Center for Creative Photography

Center for Photography

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College

Hudson River Museum

Indiana University Museum

International Center for Photography

JP Morgan Chase

Kenyon College

Museum of the City of New York

New York Public Library

Norton Museum of Art

New School for Social Research

Norton Museum of Art

The Art Museum, Princeton University

Samuel Dorsky Museum, SUNY New Paltz, NY



BROOKLYN RAIL February 08,2018 by Hearne Pardee Susan Wides: this:seasons

Brooklyn, A Photographer’s City. Published by Rizzoli 2018. Kennedy, Marla Hamburg

Seeing Seen. Catalogue for Kim Foster Gallery exhibition 2017. Ratcliff, Carter

All the Worlds. Catalogue for Kim Foster Gallery exhibition 2013. Holl, Jim

2011  New York in Color. Published by Abrams. Shamis, Robert

Susan Wides: Hudson Valley: Manahatta to Kaaterskill, Published by the Hudson River  Museum. Bland, Bartholomew; Panetta, Roger

Horizontal New York. Published by Rizzoli. Kennedy, Marla Hamburg

2010 Lives of the Hudson, Published by Prestel. Lewis, Tom; Berry, Ian

FotoFest 2010 Biennial Contemporary U.S. Photography. Co-published by Schilt Publishing, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Catalogue for the exhibition.

2006 Focus, Contrast, History: Susan Wides and the Cultural Landscape. Catalogue for the exhibition at The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. Wolf, Reva

Among the Trees. Catalogue for the exhibition at The New Jersey Center for Visual Arts. Marrero, Kimberly

Revising Arcadia: The Landscape in Contemporary Art. Catalogue for the exhibition at The Cornell Museum. McKinnon, E. Luanne

2005 Alive and Looking. Catalogue for the ‘Kaaterskill’ show at Kim Foster Gallery. Rexer, Lyle

2002  Here is New York: A Democracy of Photographs. Published by Scalo. George, Alice Rose;  Peress, Gilles; Shuland, Michael; Traub, Charles

2000  One Man’s Eye, Photographs from Alan Siegel Collection. Harry N. Abrams 2000.  Sobieszek, Robert; Siegel, Alan.

The Perception of Perception.  Catalogue for exhibition at Kim Foster Gallery.  Handy, Ellen.

1998  Paradise Lost, The Garden in Art. Catalogue for exhibition at Middlebury College Museum of  Art.  Heartney, Eleanor

Mobile Views at Kim Foster Gallery.  Catalogue for exhibition.  Frank, Madelyn

1996   Signs flower and other memories. Catalogue for exhibition at Kim Foster Gallery. Ballerini,  Julia

1993  Foreign Ferns.  Essay for gallery exhibition at Julie Saul Gallery.  Fineman, Mia

1992   The Surrogate Figure.  Catalogue for traveling exhibition originating at The Center for Photography at Woodstock.  Ballerini, Julia

1990   World of Wax. Catalogue for exhibition at Urbi et Orbi Galerie. Dusein, Gilles

1989   Fictive Strategies. Catalogue for exhibition at Squibb Gallery.  Rauch, Joseph

1988   Suitable for Display: Museum, Spectacle, History. Catalogue for exhibition at The Burden Gallery. Samore, Sam; Dietz, Steve



2018  Brooklyn Rail, “Susan Wides : this:seasons,” February. Pardee, Hearne

2013  Artnews Magazine, “Review: Susan Wides” September. Robertson, Rebecca

2012  Harper’s Magazine, “Witnessing the birth of Occupy Wall Street,’’ February. Schneider, Nathan (photographs)

The Guardian, “New York in Color – Review of Howard Greenberg Gallery Exhibition” March 9. Conrad, Peter

Chronogram, “On the Cover: Susan Wides” September. Gutman, Jennifer. (also video interview)

2011  The New York Times, “Perspectives Along the Urban-Rural Spectrum” July 22. Hodara, Susan

The New York Times “LENS: Rediscovering the Urban Palette” September 30. Gonzalez, David

AI_AP/DART, “Susan Wides: Hudson” August 18. Roalf, Peggy

Westchester Magazine, “Susan Wides at Hudson River Museum” April/May. Ann, Kathleen

2010  Artnews Magazine, “Review: Susan Wides” September. Robertson, Rebecca

The New Yorker, “Susan Wides at Kim Foster” May 30. Aletti, Vince

The Woodstock Times,“Shift and tilt” April 2. Smart, Paul

2009  Harper’s Magazine, “The General Electric Superfraud: Why the Hudson River will never run clean” December. Gargill, David (photographs)

2008   Big, Red & Shiny, “Interview with Susan Wides”  Dugan, Jess

Photography Quarterly, “The Camera Always Lies” PQ #99. Wilson, Beth E.

2007    The New Yorker, “Susan Wides at Kim Foster” Dec 12. Aletti, Vince

Chronogram, “Portfolio:  Susan Wides” December. Wilson, Beth E.

Village Voice, “Best in Show:  Susan Wides Mannahatta”, December 12. Baker, RC

2006  Art in America, “Susan Wides at Kim Foster” June/July. Ebony, David

The Believer, “Ancient Trees and the Seeds of our America” February. Strand, Ginger

2005  The Woodstock Times “Wides’ open spaces” Sept 16. Smart, Paul

This Week in New York “Susan Wides: Kaaterskill” Sept. 28

New York, “Because, Well, Look Around” Dec 26-Jan2, pp. 88-89. Bonanos, Christopher

2004  Hampton Jitney, “Artist’s Perspective” August.  Gifford, Helen

Swink Magazine, “Against Connoiseurship” April. Strand, Ginger

2003  New York Times, “Susan Wides at Kim Foster Gallery” Feb 28. Johnson, Ken

Village Voice, “Critic’s Short List, Susan Wides” March 3. Aletti, Vince

2wice, “Glow: Downtown” Vol.6 No.2. pp 96-99 (photos) Miller, J. Abbott

Papotage, “Arachnoid by Susan Wides” May

2001 Photo Insider, “Susan Wides: From Landfills to Wax Museums” July/August. Pollack, Barbara

DoubleTake, “Mobile Views, Fresh Kills Landfill” Summer issue (photos). Wides, Susan

Artchitecture, “Talking Trash” June issue. Bernstein, Fred

Harper’s Magazine, “Readings” June issue (photo)

Architecture, ‘Freshkills Landfill,’ May issue (photo)

2000  The Southampton Press, “The Transformational Power of Film” June 1. Cummings, Mary

New York Magazine, Cue Section, ‘Municipal Art Society,’ April (photo)

The New York Times, “What Makes New York ‘the’ City and Not ‘a’ City,” 8. 25. Goldberg, Vicki

The Village Voice, “Voice Choices: Susan Wides” May 20. Aletti, Vince

1999  The Sunday New York Times, “Up-To-Date Ideas From Emerging Talents” May 2.Braff, Phyllis

The East Hampton Star, “Subterranean Collaborator,” August 15. Watson, Sasha

The Village Voice, Voice Choices, April 17-May 25.  Aletti, Vince

The Washington Post, “Shooting Rules” February 5. Smith, Watson

1997  Atlanta Journal/Constitution, “Photos at Museums Cabinet of Curiosities” May 30. Cullum, Jerry

1996 Camerawork, “Genius loci, Ingenious Locations, and Landscape Photography Today” Volume 23 No. 2 Winter. Handy, Ellen

The Object as Subject, “Recasting Ancestry” Ballerini, Julia

The Village Voice, Voice Choices, April 2. Aletti, Vince

1993  The New York Times “Foreign Ferns” December 17, Hagen, Charles

New Yorker “Goings on About Town” December 27

The Bay Guardian “Critic’s Choice Art”, February 3. Roche, Harry

1992  ARTFORUM, “The Magic Kingdom of the Museum” April. Kuspit, Donald

The New York Times, “How to Warm a Post Modernist’s Heart” .2. 9. Vicki Goldberg,

The Village Voice, Voice Choices, March 24. Aletti, Vince

The Oregonian, February 9. Gragg, Randy

1991  Harvard Magazine, “Visual Communications Award,” July-August

Afterimage “Waxing Profound” January. Shattuc, Jane

The Indianapolis Star “Omnibus Exhibit” November 18. Cunningham, Anne

1990 Le Monde “Fausses Realities” May 29. Roegiers, Patrick

Le Monde, “Susan Wides” May 24. Beuve Mery, Hubert

Gannet Westchester Papers “Hudson River Museum” 9/21. Gouveia, Georgette

The New York Times, “In Yonkers, Art with a River View” October 14

Democrat & Chronicle “Transforming Reality, March 11. Netsky, Ron

1989  The New York Times “Photographic Works of Fantasy” 3/12. Raynor, Vivian

Cliches Magazine, “Gilles Dusein: Galeriste, Acrobate, Collectionneur” issue #56

The Brooklyn Museum, Exhibition Poster Image “Selected Photographs”

The Princeton Packet, “Fictive Strategies” March 10, Sinclair, Estelle

1988 The New York Observer, “Photographs Deconstruct Museums”, November 7, Coleman, A.D.

1987  New York Daily News “Musee to Wax Anew” January 16. Farrell, Bill

1985  The Village Voice, “The End of the World in Wax” April 15. Trebay, Guy



1978  Indiana University, Bloomington, IN,

Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art

Studied with Henry Holmes Smith

Area of Specialization:  Photography

1974-5   Kenyon College, Gambier, OH