In a new exhibit at the Westchester Children’s Museum, documentary photographer Sandra Wong Geroux of Larchmont, conveys the diversity and exuberance of childhood. The exhibit is titled, STAY AWHILE in the Lavan Family Gallery and will be on view through Jan. 31, 2020.
In the exhibit, Geroux captures with deft authenticity the fleeting moments of childhood. These new photographs were created with the support of a 2019 ArtsAlive Grant from ArtsWestchester. They feature children from throughout the Westchester area, including children whose experiences are elsewhere overlooked.
“Geroux’s visual stories reveal deeper truths about what it means to be human,” says Palmer Davis, of the International Center for Photography. “She captures the deeply felt trials and tribulations as well as the joys and triumphs of childhood.”
In one of her photographs from a local parade, a boy breakouts in a surprised laugh as his best friend blows a toy trumpet straight into his ear. In another, a boy waiting for a bus backflips in mid-air. In one close-up portrait, a summer camper’s sweat-streaked face wrinkles with the intensity of play; in another, a girl holds her fist to her chin in concentration, her eyes focused beyond the photo’s frame. Geroux’s photographs offer a candid, unvarnished glimpse of childhood: tender, empathic and grounded in the profound experience of growing up.
Notable among these photographs are Geroux’s portraits of children from the Boys & Girls Club of Mt. Vernon staring out on the Rye Playland Boardwalk from the Museum’s windows. STAY AWHILE offers a meaningful space of representation and inclusion. In Geroux’s large-scale photographs children throughout the Westchester area will find their stories celebrated.
“The determination and exuberance of Sandra’s subjects offer empowering narratives to Museum visitors of all ages,” says Alexandra Tagami Vargo, Chair of the Lavan Family Gallery. “Her close studies of children reveal an authentic and affirming perspective on growing up in our region.”
With its depth and honest joy, this exhibit offers rich rewards for all viewers, both children and adults.
This special exhibition is curated by artist Cynthia Ann Kerby.
American photographer Sandra Wong Geroux has used photography to explore her communities for over twenty-five years. Geroux received her degree in Photojournalism and International Relations from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University in 1992. She started work as a photojournalist for newspapers in Rochester, N.Y., then went on to manage the studio of photographer Mary Ellen Mark and produce a radio series for NPR with The Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, in San Francisco. Geroux currently lives in Larchmont with her husband and her son.
The Westchester Children’s Museum in Rye, is a colorful, vibrant learning space for children of all ages. The Museum offers experiences in science, art, technology, and design, with places to create, build, and explore. The Museum recently expanded its programming to include formally organized art exhibitions in the Museum’s newly named Lavan Family Gallery.
The Museum and Gallery are open from 10:00am - 4:00pm every day except Tuesdays.