List Projects 20: Becca Albee

On the floor of the gallery bathed in blue light, three monitors each play digital videos of horseshoe crabs at night.

Installation view, List Projects 20: Becca Albee, MIT List Visual Arts Center, 2020. Photo: Charles Mayer

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Using photography and the moving image, Becca Albee’s work draws on an array of visual and printed sources, variously culled from personal archives, official repositories, and the public realm.

Throughout, she employs strategies of re-photography, cropping, and overlays in an effort to interweave disparate narratives. Albee frequently shifts the context, content, and meaning of her source materials that include found photographs, film negatives, and other objects. List Projects 20: Becca Albee, the artist’s first institutional solo presentation engages two distinct sites of research and production—the archive of the late artist Robert Blanchon and Brooklyn’s Plumb Beach—to reflect on deep and mortal time scales, as well as the enduring impact of a relationship frozen in memory.

Becca Albee (b. United States) lives and works in Brooklyn. Her work has been presented in recent solo exhibitions at Situations, New York; Et al., San Francisco; and 356 Mission, Los Angeles. She has participated in group exhibitions at the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; CAM Raleigh, Raleigh, NC; and Art in General, Brooklyn, NY. Prior to her work as a visual artist, Albee was a member of Excuse 17, a punk band influential in the Pacific Northwest riot grrrl scene of the early 1990s. Albee is an Associate Professor of Photography at The City College of New York, CUNY. This work was supported by a MacDowell Colony Fellowship.

 List Projects 20: Becca Albee is organized by Yuri Stone, independent curator with Selby Nimrod, Assistant Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center.


Exhibitions at the List Center are made possible with the support of Fotene & Tom Coté, Audrey & James Foster, Idee German Schoenheimer, Joyce Linde, and Cynthia & John Reed.  In-kind media sponsorship provided by 90.9 WBUR. Additional funding for List Projects is also provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

General operating support is provided by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the Council for the Arts at MIT; Philip S. Khoury, Associate Provost at MIT; the MIT School of Architecture + Planning; the Mass Cultural Council; and many generous individual donors. The Advisory Committee Members of the List Visual Arts Center are gratefully acknowledged.