Ann Chernow’s work is based on impressions related to images from movies from the l930s and l940s. She uses film clips, studio publicity material, fan magazines and other memorabilia as points of departure and then freely reinterpret without altering the spirit of the past cinematic information. She tries to create a sense of déjà vu or nostalgia without the sentimentality often associated with specific 'star' references. The content is historical, the intent is to make the image universal. Depicting a common gesture and establishing dramatic moments are paramount.
Once experienced, a movie is never totally forgotten. Memories from films are channels, metaphor and private reverie through which Chernow addresses the human condition.
Her inspiration is film noir (literally, “black film”) movies of the 1940s –crime dramas and psychological thrillers exposing the dark side of human nature and the randomness of fate. Filmed in a stark visual style in black and white, these noir movies feature long-suffering “good girls,” who find themselves victims of unsolicited, often dangerous circumstances beyond their control, and femme fatales, seductive “bad girls” willing to go to almost any length to get what they want.
These characters first came to the public by way of pulp fiction, both in literature and cover illustration.
The subversive is present in all of us.
Ann Chernow was born and brought up in New York, and experienced much of the New York art world of the 1950’s and l960’s. She has since created a personal, defining body of work with media skill, emotional impact and aesthetic significance -- a genre that is recognized as unique: moments of suspended reality based on material from all aspects of American movies from the l930s and l940s, but totally reinvented in her own vocabulary.
Chernow’s work has been exhibited at many galleries around the globe: ODETTA in Brooklyn, New York, Hubert Gallery in New York City, the International Print Center in New York City, the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, the Lessedra Gallery in Sophia, Bulgaria, The Tel Aviv Museum.,The Albert Merola Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Adams PMW Gallery in Stamford, Connecticut, Dorothy Rogers Fine Art in Sante Fe, New Mexico, The Silvermine Center in Connecticut, The College of the National University of Taiwan, The Chinese Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries in Yangzhou, China, Galerie Matarasso in Nice, France and other international venues.
Public Collections include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale University, the Museums of San Francisco and many others. The Gabor Peterdi International Print Collection housed at the Silvermine Center for the Arts in Connecticut has recently acquired an archive of 388 original prints by Chernow. The Housatonic Museum of Art in Connecticut and the Westport Arts Center in Connecticut recently mounted major exhibitions of her "Noir" work.
A documentary by Martin West is being filmed about Ann’s life and work. She co-stars in a recent film by Manny Kirchheimer: "Art is... the Permanent Revolution.
Selected Public Collections:
Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Brooklyn Museum; DeCordova Museum; Elvehjem Museum of Art; The National Academy of Design; Museum of the City of New York; Zimmerli Museum; The Portland Museum; The Tel Aviv Museum; The Achenbach Foundation; Yale University Art Gallery; National Museum of Women in the Arts; The United Nations, The New York Public Library Print Collection; The Oakland Museum of Art; The Housatonic Museum; Museum of Alaska North; Sacred Heart University Art Collection; The Toledo Museum; The San Diego Museum of Art; The Museum of the City of New York: Silvermine Center Permanent Print Collection; Fairfield University; Wheaton College; Library of Congress, many others.
Selected Related Experience:
Elected Member, lecturer and instructor of drawing at the National Academy of Design, NYC; Yale University, Art and Learning Program; Connecticut Humanities Scholar; Guest Lecturer and visiting artist throughout the USA and Europe, Creative Director: “A Gathering of Glory” and “Years in the Making” documentaries; 2000 and 2009: Member: New York Society of Etchers, American Print Alliance; Boston Printmakers, Los Angeles Printmakers, California Society of Printmakers, visiting artist, Studio Cerqueux, France; Professor Emerita, State of Connecticut Community Colleges: Who’s Who in American Art; Who’s Who in America. M.A. with honors, New York University. Commissioned 2015 to make print images for promoting new Indie film(imaginaut Films) in Los Angeles. Subject of film by Manny Kirchheimer: Art Is....The Permanent Revolution. Subject of upcoming documentary by Martin West.
List of Captions for Noir 1 Lithographs
NOIR LITHOGRAPHS AND THEIR CAPTIONS
1- DETOUR: "Why are we going this way? "Better scenery"
2- FOLLOW ME: "How did you get past the 'no visitors' sign? "I never noticed it."
3- TROUBLE: "If you want fresh air, don't look for it in this town."
4- SEE NO EVIL: "I was born when you kissed me, I died when you left me, I lived a few
weeks while you loved me."
5- CLEAN BEDS: "You call this dump a hotel?" "That's what the sign says, fresh sheets every
day." "How often do they change the fleas?"
6- MOONLIGHT: "I can be framed easier than Whistler's Mother."
7- LAURA WALKING: It's lavish, but I call it home."
8- IDA, SWEET AS APPLE CIDER: "Men like to see women cry. It makes them feel superior. "
9- A FOGGY DAY: "Sure I'm meeting somebody, just anybody handy as long as he's a man."
10- ALL CHOKED UP: " I did something wrong , once."
11- THE SHADOW: "Doesn't it ever enter a man's head that a woman can do without him?
12- FALLEN ANGELS: "You don't seem very sorry." "I am sorry. Sorry that I was caught."
13- A BIRD IN THE BUSH: "I go where I want to, with anybody I want. I'm that kind of girl."
14- MONA LISA: " I wouldn't give ya the skin off a grape."
15- RENDEZVOUS IN BLACK: "The moment they met it was murder!"