Reading Grey Gardens examines the personal library of the Beale familyâ€”notably â€œLittleâ€ Edie Bouvier Beale, and her mother â€œBigâ€ Edieâ€”relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and subjects of the landmark Maysles brothersâ€™ documentary Grey Gardens.
Mary Ellen Bartley is known for her photographs exploring the tactile and formal qualities of the printed book and its potential for abstraction. . By emphasizing the unique â€œauraâ€ and materiality of printed matter, Bartleyâ€™s work offers a celebration of textural and haptic properties, a particularly potent act in this increasingly digital age. She has exhibited in numerous institutions including The Queens Museum, The Walker Art Center, Houston Center for Photography, Parrish Art Museum, The Watermill Center, and National Museum of Archeology and Ethnology, Guatemala. Her work is represented by Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York.