THE LOCAL PLANET, NORTHWEST NEWS & CULTURE: SPOKANE, WA
"May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, and
that’s a cause for celebration over having the travelling
exhibition Children of Children here at our doorstep. . . Go inside,
and before you is a most intriguing gallery walk of sight and sound.
Making your way around the room allows you to pick and choose which
portraits to stand before, put headphones on, and listen. As soon
as you hear the first clear word, you are entranced. It’s
as though someone is about to tell a great story. If you’re
open to it, the room is full. . . Jerre Freshley, exhibit attendee
and daughter of a teen parent. . . (states) " This exhibit
gives me hope." Zan
THE NEWS: STUART,
FLORIDA, FEBRUARY 2, 2001
"It crosses generations, all races and ethnicities are represented.
And it’s as much about teen dads telling their stories as
teen moms . . . The teen pregnancy Task Force of Martin County Healthy
Start Coalition is presenting the show as a result of a focus group
in May. . . Results of the focus group showed that teens needed
to be informed by something "real." Nye’s exhibit
fits that description", said Sarah Gosney, executive director
of Healthy Start." Brian Bixier
MUSEUM OF ART
"Most of their eyes look straight at you. There is no shame
or defensiveness. Although few smile, most appear strong, open,
alive. They have a story to tell . . . I saw the exhibit a year
ago in Hillsborough County and knew we had to bring it to Tallahassee,
said Ann Davis, Director of the Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition.
. . "I think it’s so powerful". The people he interviewed
spoke honestly about their lives: how they felt being a parent,
what they want for the future, the dreams they had and lost and
perhaps found again". . . " Sharon Rauch
"Each life portrayed in Michael Nye’s photographs has
felt the effects of teen pregnancy. . . Children of Children is
more than a collection of photos. With each picture is a narrative
explaining how a teen pregnancy affected the lives and families
of the person photographed and changed the person’s vision
of the future. . . The exhibit is very powerful educational tool,"
said Lynn Carrigan, spokeswoman for the Nevada Public Health Foundation.
. . A board member saw the exhibit in another state and brought
it to our attention. We thought it would be a very effective way
to speak to teens about pregnancy." Susan Skorupa
THE PALM BEACH
POST: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
"Kristine Beane, the teen pregnancy prevention coordinator
for Palm Beach County fell in love with Michael Nye’s work
last fall. . . when she walked into his exhibit, the faces, the
stories, the tears. They made her come alive. Because Nye’s
show isn’t just photographs. It’s voices as well. .
. "I don’t know what it was, but I saw it and I just
thought, this is so wonderful. We have to have it here." Emily
"The hallmark of Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Month, the exhibit
was brought to Fort Lauderdale for five weeks by the Broward Campaign
to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. We want parents to see this. We want
community leaders to see it. We want policy makers to see it,"
says Marilyn Bonilla Krantz, chairwoman, . . The beauty of this
exhibit is that it really speaks to the heart and soul of those
who have experienced teen pregnancy. It is a very human portrayal."
COUNTY: SEBRING, FLORIDA
". . . simple and mesmerizing art exhibit. It opens Saturday
at The South Florida Community College. . . Nye’s goal wasn’t
to condemn, condone or romanticize teen pregnancy, but to provide
a forum where young parents could explain to their peers what the
experience is really like." Sharon Jones
THE LOCAL PLANET,
NORTHWEST NEWS & CULTURE: SPOKANE, WA
"May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, and that’s
a cause for celebration over having the travelling exhibition Children
of Children here at our doorstep. . . Go inside, and before you
is a most intriguing gallery walk of sight and sound. Making your
way around the room allows you to pick and choose which portraits
to stand before, put headphones on, and listen. As soon as you hear
the first clear word, you are entranced. It’s as though someone
is about to tell a great story. If you’re open to it, the
room is full. . . Jerre Freshley, exhibit attendee and daughter
of a teen parent. . . (states) " This exhibit gives me hope."
CALLER-TIMES: CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS
"Children of Children is currently on display at the Corpus
Christi Museum of Science and History. . . Nye’s subjects
are diverse. Their ages span nine decades. A young woman, herself
once adopted, speaks of deciding to put her child up for adoption.
An aging dancer describes growing up in her grandfather’s
circus and meeting her husband while working in a theater when she
was 16. A middle-aged writer, the child of teen parents, reminisced
about sitting in her father’s black sedan on Galveston Beach.
. . remembering her young parent’s love for each other. .
. "Graphically, his work is superb," said artist and photographer
Barbara Riley. . . "The prints just jump off the wall at you.
I’m dazzled by them. . ." Paige Ross
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE:
"Sometimes a photograph of a person, that split-second portraiture,
can convey emotions and attitudes that would otherwise escape notice.
Such is the case with the evocative black and white photos by Michael
Nye appearing in the show, at the Tampa Museum of Art through Jan.
15. Without condoning or condemning, the 50 photos depict people
of all ages who have been affected by teen pregnancy. Grandmothers,
babies, aunts and uncles and of course, teenage parents all come
alive in surprising and touching ways through Nye’s lens.
Augmenting the effect of each photo is an accompanying sound recording
by the subject, offering personal reflections of this life-changing
event. Don’t miss this opportunity to view the works of this
renowned artist." Esther Hammer
"With the added inspiration to record each subject and let
their own words tell their stories, Nye created an exhibit that
takes two-dimensional photographs and adds a stunning third dimension.
"It was exactly what the Grace Museum and the Community Foundation
of Abilene was looking for," said Kathy Mayer, project administrator.
It is incredibly powerful and unbelievably moving, it shows what
happens when people have their lives impacted by teen pregnancy."
THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE:
"I got home from the opening of Michael Nye’s photo exhibit,
Children of Children at the Witte Museum in San Antonio determined
to inspire as many people as I could to see it. . . I am certain
this outstanding exhibition will go on to be seen around the country.
If this were just a show of photographs, it would be phenomenal.
But the pictures are only half of what’s offered here. Beneath
each image is a pair of headphones, and when you put them on, you
hear the voice of the subject. . . as it turns out, the way Nye
listens is similar to the way he sees. . . He honors the stories
the way he honors faces, and in doing so gives us almost shockingly
immediate access to a stranger’s humanity. As you listen to
the stories, staring into the speakers’ eyes, the meaning
of the show quickly transcends its stated topic. Teen parenthood
becomes a window through which all of life is seen: love, courage,
family, aspiration, sorrow, and abuse, the way a destiny takes shape,
the interplay between fate and will. There are so many stories I
will never forget." Marion Winik (NPR commentator)
CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT
MAGAZINE: SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
"Michael Nye labored more than three years to create a personal
and humane perspective on teenage parenthood. These photographs
are large, quite dramatic studio portraits that invite the viewer
to inspect the person while listening to their voice . . . The impact
of pregnancy upon the young people and their families is revealed
in a non-judgmental way, and their particular struggles with complex
and difficult conditions stir in us emotions. . . The voices are
diverse, including elderly and middle aged women and men, young
fathers and pregnant girls. Some of the people are unschooled and
some are well educated, but all speak eloquently about growing up,
love, family, responsibility, weakness, strength and hope."
Dr. Karen Stothert
SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS:
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
"For many people, teen-age pregnancy is a set of alarming statistics,
a social issue, a problem that challenges families, policymakers,
health-care providers and educators alike. But in Children of Children,
Nye’s documentarylike collection of 50 haunting portraits
and compelling stories in a show opening at the Witte Museum, he
shows us the humanity behind the statistics – the individual
lives, sometimes the generations of a family, profoundly altered
or significantly affected by teen pregnancies. Men, women, young,
old, they are all here in an exhibit that smashes teen-mom stereotypes
and presents stories "without condoning or condemning"
as Nye puts it." Marina Pisano
Children of Children exhibition has traveled
to over 50 cities throughout the United States and most of these
venues have included programs in collaboration with the exhibit.
Forming a community collaborative committees
brings expertise and experience to the planning of programs.
Opportunities for Public Programming:
-- Public lecture presentations on the topic
of teen pregnancy.
-- Public forums on the dilemma of teenage pregnancy and parenting
to develop parenting skills, sharing and learning with your child,
fatherhood, nutrition and healthy eating habits.
-- Teen summits focusing on pressures of everyday life, stress management,
and being a teen parent.
-- Evenings for educators to preview exhibit and discuss issues
and progress of teen pregnancy programs.
-- Review of exhibit and programming of local teen pregnancy organizations
through television, radio and newspaper.
Resources to seek out:
-- Health district personnel involved with
birth and teenage parenting programs.
-- Social service organizations working with pregnant and parenting
-- Adoption services and agencies.
-- Medical personnel involved with pregnant and parenting teens.
-- Parenting programs in the school districts.
-- Art and cultural organizations.
-- School districts.
-- Teen parents and former teen parents.
-- Community Centers from neighborhoods with teen parent programs.
-- Representatives of the Faith Communities.
-- Business and economic development organizations.
-- Representatives from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.