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Ann & Marie Ponce








On November 20th, Packer Schopf Gallery presents ON TV/OFF TV, two intertwined yet distinct solo shows by Ann Ponce and Maria Ponce. Exploring the identities of television anchors, reporters, and journalists, after the cameras have been turned off, these complementary bodies of work challenge the roles we create for these celebrities and news personalities. Linda Yu, Mark Suppelsa, Warner Saunders, Alison Rosati, and Kathy Brock, are just a few of the subjects in the exhibition.

In one of the show's signature pieces, Ann Ponce appropriates John Singer Sargent's infamous portrait of Madame X (Madame Gautreau 1859-1915), executing it in its exact size. Ponce parallels the idea of "the x factor"... and chooses as her model, the former NBC TV personality and journalist Anna Davlantes. With a stark X hovering in the background, Ponce does a contemporary version of this classic work... and adds what is now an obsolete tiny portable television for humorous effect.

Maria Ponce follows in her mother's artistic footsteps, except she carries a camera. Photography critic Michael Weinstein described her as "the coolest, toughest, photographic portraitist in Chicago - or maybe on the planet." Maria captures her subjects, in their own "decisive moment". Working in black and white with two images in one photo, Maria creates just the right amount of tension and animation.

A percentage of opening night sales will be donated to the NATAS Chicago Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity and the scholarship arm of the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.