Laurel Nakadate, American (b. December 15, 1975), 365 Days: A Catalogue of Tears, 2011: March 31, 2010, January 16, 2010. C- Print, 40 x 50 inches, 31 framed color photographs. Gift of the Tony Podesta Collection, Washington DC, 2019.9.

May 25 – August 22, 2021

Laurel Nakadate is a video artist, filmmaker, and photographer, born in Austin, Texas in 1975 and raised in Ames, Iowa. She received a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University in 1998. Since completing her MFA at Yale University in 2001, she has participated in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries worldwide.

365 Days: A Catalogue of Tears comprises 365 photographic images taken throughout the year 2010, when the artist photographed herself before, during, and after crying. In an effort to connect with herself and others who had begun to feel isolated and sad because of certain social media platforms, she used her photography to raise awareness for the modified ‘perfection’ of social media postings. She had to be extremely disciplined in her efforts and made the photographs while carrying out her day-to-day activities.

Photographs were made in her New York apartment, her childhood bedroom in Iowa, on planes, trains and in hotel rooms. Each day and each month of the year is a true window into the emotions and actions of Nakadate and have a value both separately and as a group. The series was donated to the Vero Beach Museum of Art comprises 31 individual c-prints of March 1st – March 31st, 2010. A selection is on view.