Looking for Home:
A Yearlong Focus on the Work of Mary Ellen Mark
The Museum of Street Culture, in association with the Mary Ellen Mark Foundation, featured 30 years of Marks' photographs of Erin Blackwell Charles, a.k.a. Tiny. The installation in Encore Park presented a series of curated exhibitions tracing the life of Tiny, a 13-year-old runaway teen when Mark first encountered her in Seattle, Washington, in 1983, while Mark was working on a story for Life magazine. After the article was published, Mark continued to document Tiny's life.
Each exhibition was phased in, and depicted different periods of Tiny's experiences on and off the streets between 1983 and 2014, and the obstacles she faced and sought to overcome.
October 1, 2017
Streetwise: Tiny and Runaway Children in Seattle (1983)
Mary Ellen Mark’s earliest photographs of Tiny and street kids in Seattle
January 27, 2018
Tiny and Her Children (1985-1999)
Picturing Homelessness - Artworks by Saturday Kids' Club children
April 14, 2018
Tiny’s Family Life (2003-2005)
Photography and Social Justice - Artworks by the Junior and Venturing Crews
The exhibition was on view outdoors and inside The Stewpot
(1822 Young Street, Dallas, TX, 75201)
A broad range of programs were presented in conjunction with Looking for Home: A Yearlong Focus on the Work of Mary Ellen Mark, including the screening of Mary Ellen Mark and Martin Bells’ documentary film Streetwise and a public dialogue series, pairing artists and arts professionals with social and human service providers.
Looking for Home was curated by Alan Govenar (Founding Director,
The Museum of Street Culture) and Martin Bell, Meredith Lue, and Julia Bezgin (Mary Ellen Mark Foundation).
Exhibition Design: Studio Adrien Gardère
Architects: Oglesby Greene
Looking for Home: A Yearlong Focus on the Work of Mary Ellen Mark was supported in part by Encore Park Dallas, Documentary Arts, The Florence Gould Foundation, The Kaleta A. Doolin Foundation, The Sister Fund,
The Stewpot, The First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, Moody Foundation, Restoration Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas, and
The Jim and Jill Cochran Family Foundation.
“To have a unique museum like this is something that we can be very proud of. Nobody has really ventured into this area and I really think it's breakthrough.”
~Mike Rawlings, Mayor, City of Dallas