Christine Osinski

September 2008

Christine Osinski arrived in Syracuse in a car loaded to the brim with beautiful digital papers. She plans to use the majority of her time printing editions, in varying sizes, of images from her series Drawn to Water, which focuses on a group of women who have been in the same swimming club on Staten Island for over forty years. The founder of the group, Alice Robinson, is over eighty years old; her grace, agility, and perseverance attest to the strength and beauty of all the swim club members. Drawn to Water asks the viewer to reconsider attitudes towards age, appearance, and vitality, especially as these concepts relate to women in American culture.

Osinski’s work has been exhibited domestically and internationally at venues such as the Museum of Modern Art, NY; The Alice Austen House Museum, Staten Island, NY; the Dallas Women’s Museum, TX; and Jingshan Tushuguan in China. Her images are part of the permanent collections of institutions including the Museum of the City of New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship in 2005. Osinski is a Professor of photography at The Cooper Union in New York City.