Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Plural Marriage, Wyler Residence, Colorado City, Arizona
Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Plural Marriage, Wyler Residence, Colorado City, Arizona

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Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Plural Marriage, Wyler Residence, Colorado City, Arizona

Marvin Wyler, a polygamist, fathered 34 children, with his three wives Charlette, Esther and Laurie. Wyler has over 110 grandchildren.

In 1935 a group of excommunicated members of LDS, seeking to preserve polygamy, founded the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS) and with it, Colorado City. Colorado City and its twin city, Hildale, Utah are considered the primary centers of polygamist practice. The region is isolated from law enforcement and the nearby Colorado-Utah state border allows for easy crossing to avoid arrest.

About Taryn Simon

Conceptual artist Taryn Simon’s photographs and accompanied writing are the result of a long process of research and investigation. For her 2011 work A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters, produced over a four-year period, Simon traveled around the world collecting stories and images that mapped the relationships among chance, blood, and other components of fate. Her work Contraband (2010) presented 1,075 images of items that were detained or seized from passengers and mail entering the United States from abroad. An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar (2007), revealed objects, sites, and spaces that are integral to America's foundation or daily functioning but remain inaccessible or unknown to the public audience, including a nuclear waste storage facility, a braille edition of Playboy, and the art collection of the CIA. Equally concerned with formalism and realism, Simon seeks seductive images of inaccessible and unrecognized, but symbolic, subjects, and maintains a diverse practice that extends to film, sculpture, and performance.

American, b. 1975, New York, New York, based in New York, New York

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Paperwork and the Will of Capital, Almine Rech, Brussels
2014
Taryn Simon: Birds of the West Indies, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills
2012
Taryn Simon: Black Square, Gagosian Gallery, Athens
2010
Taryn Simon: Contraband, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills

Group Shows on Artsy

2014
Installment 1: Inaugural Exhibition, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

Fair History on Artsy