Generations of Brooklyn


Nina Talbot


Generations of Brooklyn

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Nina Talbot’s series of oil portrait paintings of Pakistani, Chinese, Polish and other immigrants from different Brooklyn neighborhoods are based on what might be called oral history. Can they be called a performance of these immigrant stories? The panelists would argue that they can. The artist’s preparation for this "Generations of Brooklyn" series involved extensive interviews with the people she planned to paint and a series of drawings of them at home and at work and with their families. The portraits themselves are influenced by these interviews, and the backgrounds are painted with multiple elements from the personal histories revealed in the interviews. Talbot will present slides of the ten images and read selections from the subjects’ stories. She will discuss the process of creating the portraits and the historical background elements, and reflect on the relationship between the personal stories and images with the historical events and movements with which they intersect. The responses of the subjects, and of other audiences, to Talbot’s "performance on canvas" of these immigrant stories, will conclude the presentation.


Generations of Brooklyn [Nina Talbot]

About the Author

Nina Talbot was born in Bronx, New York in 1954. She has had one-person shows at The Bread & Roses Gallery, The Ingber Gallery, and The Williamsburg Historical Center, and her work has been featured in group shows at museums including The Bronx Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, and in "Three Brooklyn Artists", a tour organized by The Smithsonian Institute. In addition her work is in public and corporate collections, including those at Proctor & Gamble corporate headquarters and the NY Hospital for Special Surgery. Talbot was the recipient of two awards from The Brooklyn Art Council in 2001, for her Shoprite series. She earned a citation from the Brooklyn Borough President in 2005 for her Generations of Brooklyn paintings. In 2006 her image, “New York Cares” was selected to represent the NY Health & Hospitals Corporation health campaign. Nina Talbot attended The Philadelphia College of Art and The NY Studio School. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.