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Harry Callahan, Asheville, North Carolina, 1951, 1951  © the Estate of Harry Callahan and courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

Learning to See: Photography at Black Mountain College

February 22nd, 2017
Harry Callahan, Asheville, North Carolina, 1951, 1951  © the Estate of Harry Callahan and courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

How a small, liberal-arts college became a birthplace of modern photography.

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  • Feb 22

    Collective Thinking, For Freedoms

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    Join Aperture and For Freedoms for the opening reception of Collective Thinking, For Freedoms.

    Aperture has invited the artist-run super PAC, For Freedoms, to curate and implement an improvisational exhibition and series of dialogues that investigates the photographic collective as a model for responsive artistic production.

    This two-week project will feature live events that bring together several active photography communities to discuss the practices, benefits, and methodologies of collectivity, while focusing on the question of what defines “the political” in art-making today. The photographic collective is a form intended to amplify the individual voice and to provide a forum for artistic feedback and critique. Is the act of creating dialogue in and of itself political? Can diverse creative communities be inclusive while remaining coherent? What is there to learn from each other? How can an art space become, like a collective, a vehicle for dialogue? Each collective is invited to contribute a visual prompt for discussion and selected works to be presented in the space; the main propulsion for this activity, however, will be a series of in-person activities including meet-ups, salon-style conversations, and other events.

    The collectives included in the exhibition are EverydayClimateChange, Invisible Borders, Kamoinge, Piece of Cake, Rawi(ya), and WRRQ.

    See further details here.

    As a follow-up to this exhibition, For Freedoms and Aperture ask you, as global citizens, to participate in the 2017 Aperture Summer Open: On Freedom.

     

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  • Feb 24 - Feb 26

    LA Art Book Fair

    The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

    152 North Central Avenue

    Los Angeles,CA

    Visit Aperture Foundation at booth F19 at the fifth annual LA Art Book Fair, presented by Printed Matter. Free and open to the public, LA Art Book Fair is a unique event for artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by over 300 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers.

    Book signing at Aperture’s booth:
    Saturday, February 25
    3:30 p.m.: Todd Hido signing Intimate Distance

    For more information, visit laartbookfair.net.

  • Feb 25

    Collective Workday: Poster and Sign Making

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    For Freedoms invites the public to be a part of the collective experience by creating posters, signs, and billboard designs that speak to the four freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. There will be computer workstations, a large copier/printer, books, magazines, newspapers, scissors, and glue sticks. The proposals will be scanned, printed, and added to the public wall space of the exhibition and included in a compendium of posters and signs made throughout the exhibition. Contact education@aperture.org with questions.

    This event is part of a series of in-person activities produced in conjunction with the exhibition Collective Thinking, For Freedoms. Learn more about the exhibition’s other upcoming events here.

  • Feb 25

    Paul Strand Circle Dinner with Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb

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    By Invitation

    Join Aperture as a Paul Strand Circle ($5,000) Member and be invited to the home of an Aperture trustee for cocktails and dinner with special guests Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, who will discuss and present recent work.

    The Paul Strand Circle program offers exclusive events and trips, including insider tours, studio visits, collection visits, and receptions and dinners in New York, Paris, Miami, London, and beyond. To learn more, please contact Emily Grillo at 212.946.7103 or Hillary Beson at 212.946.7146.

    Alex Webb (born in San Francisco, 1952) is best known for his vibrant and complex color photography, often made in Latin America and the Caribbean. He has published eleven books, including Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba (with Rebecca Norris Webb) and The Suffering of Light (Aperture, 2011), a collection of thirty years of his color work. Alex became a full member of Magnum Photos in 1979. His work has been shown widely, including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. He’s received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, and GEO, among other publications.

    Rebecca Norris Webb (born in Rushville, Indiana, 1956), originally a poet, has published three photography books that explore the complicated relationship between people and the natural world: The Glass Between Us, Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba (with Alex Webb), and My Dakota. Her fourth book, Memory City (with Alex Webb), is a meditation on film, time, and the city of Rochester, New York, in what may be the last days of film as we know it. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; George Eastman House, Rochester, New York; Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York; and Robert Klein Gallery, Boston. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Time, National Geographic, and Le Monde Magazine.

     

    Image: Alex Webb, Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, 1985; from Alex Webb: La Calle (Aperture/Televisa Foundation, 2016)

  • Mar 1

    The Visual Resistance Forum

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    Hosted by WRRQ, The Visual Resistance (TVR) Community Action Forum is an open, interactive gathering where artists and other creative activists organize to resist oppressive policies. United by our belief that images are part of greater movement-building, this will be an evening to connect, build community, and share ideas, skills, and knowledge to support communities on the frontlines of attack.

    The TVR forum will be followed by an informal social hour featuring a short analog projection performance titled Reflectus by WRRQ artist Chris Berntsen. Reflectus is a projection collage that combines one man’s 1970’s personal queer archive with the artist’s contemporary queer imagery to explore themes of intimacy and connection that transcend time.

    Conversations will include: Hate-Free Zones, American History Revisited/Radical Education, TVR News (a web TV series in development), a youth-led Production House (meets every Friday at ICP), System Reboot/Imagine Liberation, Institutional Resistance (museums & curators & beyond), Distribution & Digital Security.

    If you want to host a conversation not listed above, please contact Quito Ziegler at aqziegler@gmail.com. Sign up here to join these conversations now.

    This event is part of a series of in-person activities produced in conjunction with the exhibition Collective Thinking, For Freedoms. Learn more about the exhibition’s other upcoming events here.

    WRRQ is an intergenerational community of artists and activists united in queerness who wrrq to transform our culture. Our core actions include community-building, activism, art, video, fashion, and food justice. Many of us connected at the homeless youth shelter guided by the spirit of Sylvia Rivera where many of us have spent time, or by collaborating on large-scale art projects in queer and trans spaces. Not every collective member is involved in every project and our individual work continues freely, yet a shared sense of queer family runs throughout all the wrrq we collaborate on. Every summer we retreat to the mountains for Arts in the Woods, an intergenerational residency where we co-create with queer artists surviving homeless shelter systems. Our parent organization, Allied Productions, connects us to rich queer activist history in the Lower East Side, where they operate a community garden refuge (Le Petit Versailles) to gather, perform, and share wrrq. Together, we dream of shifting American culture away from violence, misogyny, and transphobia towards interdependence, restorative justice, accountability, and self-determination.

  • Mar 2 - Mar 5

    Art on Paper

    Pier 36

    299 South Street

    New York,NY

    Visit Aperture at booth G3 at Art on Paper.

    Art on Paper returns to downtown Manhattan’s Pier 36 in March of 2017 to build on the success of the fair’s first two editions. Art on Paper’s medium-driven focus lends itself to significant projects – unique moments that have set the fair apart and established a new and important destination for the arts in New York City.

    For more information, visit thepaperfair.com

  • Mar 7

    Artist Talk: David Hartt

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    This event is free for students with ID and Aperture Members at the $50 level and above.

    Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with the Department of Photography at Parsons The New School for Design, is pleased to present an artist talk with David Hartt. The work of Hartt centers around the specificity of sites, and what narratives and ideologies are revealed through it. Interested mostly in “purpose built” spaces—the Johnson Publishing Company Headquarters and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy—his photographs bring to light the outward expression and culmination of ideals that these designed spaces are meant to portray. Hartt explores the difference between the ideological potential of these sites and how the site actually defines itself, often creating gaps between the experience and the actuality of the space.

    With both photography and film, Hartt uses his own biographical inquires as a foundation for his investigation of these built spaces. “Ultimately I consider my work an opportunity to dimensionalize my experience of the world and my place in it.” His photographs are precise yet quietly romantic, often letting the subject—the spaces he occupies—speak for themselves. Although his process includes intense research and conceptual thinking, upon visiting a space Hartt is interested in the encounter and immediacy of experiencing a particular place for the first time. Hartt prefers his work to be slow-moving and awkward, which gives the viewer an opportunity to engage with ideas that they may not have considered.

    David Hartt (b. 1967, Montreal) lives and works in Philadelphia. He received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1994), and has since had exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Or Gallery, Vancouver; and the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. Hartt’s work was a part of Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015, the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He is the recipient of the Canada Council Project Grant, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists, and the United States Artists Cruz Fellowship.

    Image: The Last Poet, 2017

  • Mar 9 - Mar 12

    SPE National Conference

    Hilton Orlando

    6001 Destination Pkwy

    Orlando,Florida

    Join Aperture at booth 27 for the 54th annual Society for Photographic Education conference.

    The concept of “family” has become increasingly inclusive paralleled by a focus of growing public exchange. Photographers have been at the leading edge of this cultural shift by raising questions that ask us to consider, “Whose family values?” No matter the basis—governmental, legal, love, lineage, support, companionship, responsibility, or shared beliefs—family values figure heavily in how we express our relationship to the world around us.

    SPE’s national conference is a bit like a family reunion. We come together to share images, to think, to inspire, to be inspired, and to discuss our photographic and teaching practices with the members of our photographic family. This year the conference will gather in one of the most “family friendly” places in the world, Orlando, Florida, to explore how family – intimate, blood, intentional or extended – has impacted our lives, our practice, our teaching, and our ever-changing social and photographic landscape.

    Thursday, March 9
    7:00–8:30 p.m. | Guest Speaker Latoya Ruby Frazier

    Latoya Ruby Frazier will present her work The Notion of Family , followed by a book signing.

    LaToya Ruby Frazier (born in Braddock, Pennsylvania, 1982) received her BFA from Edinboro University, Pennsylvania, in 2004, and her MFA from the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University, New York, in 2007. She has received numerous grants and awards, including a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship, 2014 USA Weitz Fellowship, and 2015 MacArthur Fellowship. Frazier teaches in the Department of Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is a visiting critic at Yale University. Her work has been included in exhibitions at major institutions worldwide.

    For more information, visit www.spenational.org.

  • Mar 15

    Member Exhibition Preview

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    Open to all Aperture Members

    Not an Aperture Member? Join today to attend this event and others throughout the year.

    Aperture Members are invited to enjoy a special exhibition preview and reception on Wednesday, March 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to celebrate the opening of The Library Exhibition with photographs by Thomas R. Schiff.

    Contextualized by Schiff’s photographs, this exhibition also features a photobook reading room installation, selected by Aperture staff.

    5:30–7:00 p.m.
    Private reception

    6:15 p.m.
    Exhibition walk-through

    7:00–8:30 p.m.
    Public opening

    Exhibition on view
    March 15 – April 20 2017

    Thomas R. Schiff studied photography under Clarence White, Jr. and Arnold Gassan while earning a BBA degree from Ohio University in 1970. Schiff began experimenting with panoramic photography in the mid-1980s, making use of a Hulcherama 360 panoramic camera. He has published six books: Panoramic Cincinnati (2003), Panoramic Ohio (2002), Panoramic Parks (2005), Vegas 360 (2008), Wright Panorama (2010), and Prospect (2012). Schiff helped establish Images Center in Cincinnati in 1980 and he is the founder of FotoFocus, a lens-based art biennial held in Cincinnati. He has just completed a book about the architectural legacy of J. Irwin Miller and the city of Columbus, Indiana.

     

    Aperture’s exhibitions are funded, in part, with support from the Grace Jones Richardson Testamentary Trust, and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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    Image: Thomas R. Schiff, George Peabody Library, Baltimore MD (detail) from The Library Book

  • Mar 15

    The Library Exhibition: Thomas R. Schiff

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    Join Aperture Foundation for the opening reception of The Library Exhibition with photographs by Thomas R. Schiff.

    In 38 sweeping 360° panoramic photographs by Thomas R. Schiff, The Library Exhibition, based off the forthcoming publication The Library Book (Aperture, 2017), describes many of the great libraries of the United States of America, built between the 18th century and the present.  In pre–Revolutionary War America, libraries were member-driven collections for the elite; it was not until 1790 that Benjamin Franklin helped to establish the first public lending library. Throughout the subsequent centuries the library has evolved, but always remained central to the cultural life of the nation. Thomas R. Schiff ’s photographs trace the history of the library through aesthetic and style while featuring legendary architects such as Charles F. McKim; Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge; and I. M. Pei. The Library Exhibition celebrates the library as an institution at the heart of American civilization, telling the related stories of America’s architecture, philanthropy, and civic idealism.

    Contextualized by Schiff’s photographs, this exhibition also features a photobook reading room installation, selected by Aperture staff.

    Thomas R. Schiff studied photography under Clarence White, Jr. and Arnold Gassan while earning a BBA degree from Ohio University in 1970. Schiff began experimenting with panoramic photography in the mid-1980s, making use of a Hulcherama 360 panoramic camera. He has published six books: Panoramic Cincinnati (2003), Panoramic Ohio (2002), Panoramic Parks (2005), Vegas 360 (2008), Wright Panorama (2010), and Prospect (2012). Schiff helped establish Images Center in Cincinnati in 1980 and he is the founder of FotoFocus, a lens-based art biennial held in Cincinnati. He has just completed a book about the architectural legacy of J. Irwin Miller and the city of Columbus, Indiana.

    Aperture’s exhibitions are funded, in part, with support from the Grace Jones Richardson Testamentary Trust, and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.logos

     

     

    Image: Thomas R. Schiff, George Peabody Library, Baltimore, 2010. © Thomas R. Schiff

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  • Mar 25 - Mar 26

    Jason Fulford: CHANCE

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

  • Mar 31

    2017 Aperture Spring Party and Auction

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street

    New York,NY

    The 2017 Spring Party and Auction theme is inspired by the forthcoming publication Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style.

    Featuring Shantrelle P. Lewis, curator and author of Dandy Lion.

    Spring Party Co-cohairs
    Taymour Grahne
    Thomas R. Schiff

    Click here for more information or to buy tickets.

    Tickets start at $75 ($50 for Aperture Members).

    Dandy attire

    Spring Party ticket and auction proceeds directly benefit Aperture’s publications and public programs, locally and internationally.

    Dandy Lion presents and celebrates individual dandy personalities, designers and tailors, movements and events that define contemporary dandyism. Described as “high-styled rebels” by Lewis, black men with a penchant for color and refined fashion, both new and vintage, have gained popular attention in recent years, influencing mainstream fashion.

    Shantrelle P. Lewis is a U.S.-based curator and researcher specializing in diasporic aesthetics, and the survival and evolution of African retentions. She was a 2014 United Nations Program for People of African Descent Fellow and a 2012–13 Andy Warhol Curatorial Fellow. Her traveling curatorial initiative, The Dandy Lion Project, examines global black dandyism through photography and film.

    Image: Hassan Hajjaj, Joe Casely-Hayford, 2012 (detail) from Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style

  • Apr 8 - Apr 9

    Mary Virginia Swanson: Marketing Your Photographs

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY