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Photography is Magic: An Inside Look at the 2016 Aperture Summer Open

July 28th, 2016
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Participating artists discuss the illusory nature of photography, and the impact it’s had on their work.

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  • Aug 12

    Bookstore open, Main Gallery closed for installation

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

  • Aug 13

    Gallery and Bookstore closed

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

  • Aug 15 - Aug 19

    Bookstore open, Main Gallery closed for installation

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

  • Aug 19 - Aug 23

  • Aug 20

    Gallery and Bookstore closed

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

  • Aug 22 - Aug 26

    Bookstore open, Main Gallery closed for installation

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

  • Aug 27

    Gallery and Bookstore closed

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

  • Aug 29 - Sep 2

    Bookstore open, Main Gallery closed for installation

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

  • Sep 2

    Gallery and Bookstore closing at 2pm

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

  • Sep 3

    Gallery and Bookstore closed

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

  • Sep 5

    Gallery and Bookstore closed

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

  • Sep 6 - Sep 7

    Bookstore open, Main Gallery closed for installation

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

  • Sep 7

    Alex Webb: La Calle

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    La Calle brings together more than thirty years of photography from the streets of Mexico by Alex Webb, spanning from 1975 to 2007. Whether in black and white or color, Webb’s richly layered and complex compositions touch on multiple genres. Webb’s ability to distill gesture, light, and cultural tensions into single, beguiling frames results in evocative images that convey a sense of mystery, irony, and humor. La Calle, along with its accompanying publication, presents a commemoration of the Mexican street as a sociopolitical bellwether—albeit one that has undergone significant transformation since Webb’s first trips to the country.

    Alex Webb (born in San Francisco, 1952) has published fifteen books, including Memory City (2014) and Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba (2009) with Rebecca Norris Webb, as well as a survey of his color work, The Suffering of Light (Aperture, 2011). Webb became a full member of Magnum Photos in 1979. His work has been shown widely, including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. He has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007 and the Leica Medal of Excellence in 2000.

    La Calle is organized by Aperture Foundation, New York and Televisa Foundation, Mexico City. Curated by Alfonso Morales. All prints courtesy the collection of Televisa Foundation.

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    Aperture’s exhibitions are funded, in part, by an award from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Charina Endowment Fund, 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: Alex Webb, Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, 1985; from Alex Webb: La Calle (Aperture/Televisa Foundation, 2016)

  • Sep 17 - Sep 18

  • Sep 23

    Slant Rhymes: The Photographs of Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb

    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, as well as workshop participants. 

    Photographers Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb will present a variety of work during this joint artist talk, featuring photographs from some of the creative couple’s collaborative books—including Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image (Aperture, 2014) and Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba (2009), as well as photographs from a new collaborative work-in-progress about Brooklyn, The City Within. The Webbs will also show work from Alex’s new Aperture monograph, La Calle: Photographs from Mexico (Aperture, 2016) and Rebecca’s newly reissued third book, My Dakota (2012, 2016). The talk will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.

    Best known for his vibrant and complex color work, especially from Latin America and the Caribbean, Alex Webb has published fourteen books, including The Suffering of Light (Aperture, 2011), a survey book of his color work, and most recently Memory City (2014, with Rebecca Norris Webb), a meditation about film, time, and the city of Rochester, New York, the longtime home of Kodak, in the year following the company’s bankruptcy. His fifteenth book, La Calle—which features some thirty years of his street photographs from Mexico—will be published in fall 2016 to coincide with the opening of the traveling exhibition of the work at Aperture Foundation in New York on September 7, 2016. Alex has exhibited at museums worldwide including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the Guggenheim Museum, New York. Alex became a full member of Magnum Photos in 1979. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, GEO Magazine, and other publications. He has received numerous awards and grants including a Hasselblad Foundation Grant in 1998 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007.

    Rebecca Norris Webb has published five photography books, including The Glass Between Us (2006), Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image (Aperture, 2014), and Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba (2009, with Alex Webb), the latter exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Originally a poet, Rebecca often interweaves her text and photographs in her books, most notably with My Dakota (2012)—an elegy for her brother who died unexpectedly—with a solo exhibition of the work this past summer at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Her photographs have appeared in the New Yorker, Time, Le Monde, and National Geographic, among other publications, and her work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Cleveland Museum of Art; and George Eastman Museum, Rochester, New York. This fall, Radius is reissuing My Dakota, which will be launched at Paris Photo, along with an Italian version of the book launched soon after in Rome. This summer, she was one of the guest curators of Documentum’s Pictures & Text issue, along with Teju Cole and Colette LaBouff Speer.

    This program is supported, in part, by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Charina Endowment Fund, William Talbott Hillman Foundation, Inc., and the Board of Trustees and Members of Aperture Foundation. Additional public funds are 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: Rebecca Norris Webb, Blackbirds, from My Dakota (left); Alex Webb, Nuevo Laredo, 1996, from La Calle (right)

  • Sep 24 - Sep 25

    Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb: Finding Your Vision

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    Join Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb for a two-day workshop.

  • Sep 24

    Exhibition Walkthrough of La Calle with Alex Webb

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    Photographer Alex Webb will lead a walkthrough of his exhibition La Calle, which brings together more than thirty years of photographs from the streets of Mexico, spanning from 1975 to 2007. This exhibition accompanies Webb’s most recent publication of the same name and is curated by Alfonso Morales and coproduced by Aperture Foundation, New York and Televisa Foundation, Mexico. Whether in black and white or color, Webb’s richly layered and complex compositions touch on multiple genres. As Geoff Dyer writes, “Wherever he goes, Webb always ends up in a Bermuda-shaped triangle where the distinctions between photojournalism, documentary, and art blur and disappear.”

    Alex Webb (born in San Francisco, 1952) has published fifteen books, including Memory City (2014) and Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba (2009) with Rebecca Norris Webb, as well as a survey of his color work, The Suffering of Light (Aperture, 2011). Webb became a full member of Magnum Photos in 1979. His work has been shown widely, including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. He has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007 and the Leica Medal of Excellence in 2000.

    Image: Alex Webb, Nuevo Laredo, 1996; from La Calle (Aperture, 2016)

  • Oct 8 - Oct 10

    Shelby Lee Adams: Your Voice in Portrait Lighting

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    For more info, click here.

  • Oct 10

    Gallery and Bookstore closed

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

  • Oct 24

    2016 Aperture Benefit Party and Auction

    The Edison Ballroom

    240 West 47th Street

    New York,N.Y.

    Don’t miss the most fun photography party of the year, the Aperture Benefit Party and Auction Dear Bill, an evening of art and entertainment in honor of William Eggleston.

    CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.
    Pricing starts at $150
    $100 for Aperture Members

    Cohosts
    David Byrne
    Sondra Gilman Gonzalez-Falla and
    Celso Gonzalez-Falla
    Elizabeth Ann Kahane and William Kahane
    Cathy Kaplan
    Nion McEvoy
    Jessica Nagle
    David Zwirner

    Colorful attire

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  • Nov 23

    Gallery and Bookstore closing at 2pm

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

  • Nov 24 - Nov 26

    Gallery and Bookstore closed

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

  • Dec 23

    Gallery and Bookstore closing at 2pm

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

  • Dec 24 - Jan 2

    Gallery and Bookstore closed

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

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