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The Call Begins: The 2016 Summer Open

February 8th, 2016
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The call officially begins for the 2016 Summer Open, Aperture’s third annual open-submission exhibition

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  • Feb 12 - Feb 14

    LA Art Book Fair

    The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

    152 North Central Avenue

    Los Angeles,CA

    Visit Aperture Foundation at booth E11 at the fourth annual LA Art Book Fair, presented by Printed Matter. Free and open to the public, the LA Art Book Fair is a unique event for artists’ books, art catalogues, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by over 250 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers.

    On February 13th, join artists Phil Chang, John Houck, Owen Kydd and Carter Mull and curator Charlotte Cotton in a discussion about contemporary photographic practices prompted by Photography is Magic (Aperture, 2015). More details.

    Book signing at Aperture’s booth:

    Saturday, February 13
    5:00 p.m.: Group signing with Charlotte Cotton / Photography is Magic

    For more information, visit laartbookfair.net.

  • Feb 13

    Panel Discussion: Photography Is Magic

    The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

    152 North Central Avenue

    Los Angeles,CA

    Artists Phil Chang, John Houck, Owen Kydd and Carter Mull join curator Charlotte Cotton in a discussion about contemporary photographic practices at the LA Art Book Fair. Prompted by Cotton’s recent survey publication Photography Is Magic (Aperture, 2015), it will focus on the book’s proposal that we are in the midst of an artist-led moment in the story of photography-as-contemporary-art, and an especially open and hybridized field of practice. A book signing at Aperture’s booth will follow.

    This event is part of The Classroom, a curated series of conversations, workshops, readings and other artist-led programs, organized by David Senior of the Museum of Modern Art Library.

    For more information, visit laartbookfair.net.

     

  • Feb 16

    Artist Talk: Torbjørn Rødland

    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 Torbjørn Rødland. Rødland’s photographs explore the symbolism of cultural mythologies and human nature. By staging common objects such as cotton buds, ropes of sausages, and high-top sneakers with the human body, he creates surreal images that elicit discomfort despite their ability to project a calm indifference toward the peculiarities depicted. In discussing the title of Rødland’s most recent publication, Torbjørn Rødland: Sasquatch Century (2015), Milena Hoegsberg, chief curator of Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, writes, “The term [Sasquatch] has a cadence that is both foreign and familiar . . . [Rødland] is invested in neutered symbols, or more precisely in reconfiguring symbols or motives that have undergone shifts in values or that have been partially drained of their cultural power.” Begins promptly at 7:00 p.m.

    Torbjørn Rødland (born in Stavanger, Norway, 1970) lives and works in Los Angeles. He has had solo exhibitions at venues including Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo (2015); STANDARD (OSLO) (2015); Kunsthall Stavanger, Norway (2014); Algus Greenspon, New York (2013); Nils Stærk, Copenhagen (2013); Air de Paris (2012); Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan (2010); Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2010); and MoMA PS1, New York (2006). Rødland participated in the 48th Venice Biennale (1999) and has exhibited in group exhibitions, including those at Casino Luxembourg Forum D’art Contemporain (2013); Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, France (2009); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2005); and Centre Pompidou, Paris (2000). Forthcoming exhibitions include the Manifesta 11 biennial, Zürich (2016).

    This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, 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.

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    Image: Rødland, Golden Lager, 2007, Chromogenic print

  • Feb 17

    Sama Alshaibi in Conversation with Maymanah Farhat

    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.

    Released in spring 2015, Sama Alshaibi’s Sand Rushes In is the first book by this rising artist. The book presents work from Silsila, a video and photographic installation that premiered at the 2013 Venice Biennale, as well as other series. Join Alshaibi in conversation with art historian and curator Maymanah Farhat as they discuss Alshaibi’s lyrical multimedia work, which uses the desert, borders, and the body as overarching symbols of the geopolitical and environmental issues and histories linking the Arabic-speaking world. The conversation will be followed by a book signing.

    Sama Alshaibi (born in Basra, Iraq, 1973) has exhibited in numerous biennials, museums, and institutions, including at the Maldives Pavilion of the 55th Venice Biennale; Museum of Modern Art, New York; FotoFest, Houston; and the Arab World Institute, Paris. She is a Fulbright Scholar, has been an artist-in-residence at various locations worldwide, and was granted the title of University of Arizona’s 1885 Society Distinguished Scholar. Alshaibi is the chair and associate professor of photography and video art at the University of Arizona. She is represented by Ayyam Gallery, and has upcoming exhibitions at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona, and the 2016 Tashkent Biennale, Uzbekistan.

    Maymanah Farhat is an art historian and curator specializing in modern and contemporary Arab art. Farhat is the artistic director and editor of publications at Ayyam Gallery, coeditor of Jadaliyya’s Culture section, and a curatorial advisor to the Arab American National Museum. She has organized exhibitions at international art spaces and institutions including the Virginia Commonwealth University Gallery, Qatar; Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, Michigan; and Beirut Exhibition Center, Lebanon. Her writings have appeared in Callaloo, Art Journal, Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, Apollo magazine, and Art + Auction magazine, among other publications. In 2014, she was listed among Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers.

    This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, 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.

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    Image: Sama Alshaibi, Taʾshīr (Marking), 2010. Courtesy of the artist and Ayyam Gallery

  • Mar 3 - Mar 6

    The Armory Show

    Piers 92 & 94

    711 12th Ave

    New York,NY

    Visit Aperture Foundation’s booth at the 2016 Armory Show, a leading international contemporary and modern art fair in New York. Aperture will present works by Kate Steciw, Matt Lipps, John Houck, Hannah Whitaker, and Drew Nikonowicz, as well as new titles by Gregory Crewdson and Mickalene Thomas, and more!

    For more information and ticketing, visit thearmoryshow.com.

  • Mar 10

    Gregory Crewdson at SPE

    Summerlin Ballroom at Red Rock Resort

    11011 West Charleston Blvd.

    Las Vegas,NV

    Gregory Crewdson will give an overview of his career as an artist in his keynote speech, “Trail Log: The Making of Cathedral of the Pines,” at the 2016 Society for Photographic Education National Conference. Crewdson’s photographs are elaborately staged and shot, with heightened attention to detail. He works with a large crew, similar to that of a feature film, and uses cinematic lighting and effects to evoke a story in a single image. His process has evolved through each successive series, shifting both technically and aesthetically. Cathedral of the Pines is quieter, more intimate, and less theatrical than much of his previous work, and he considers the pictures in the series his most personal to date. He will discuss this artistic progression, as well as his influences, inspirations, and intentions as an artist and storyteller. A book signing of Cathedral of the Pines (Aperture, 2016) will follow.

    For more information, visit spenational.org.

    Gregory Crewdson (born in Brooklyn, 1962) is a graduate of SUNY Purchase and the Yale School of Art, where he is now director of Graduate Studies in Photography. His series Beneath the Roses, which took nearly ten years and a crew of over one hundred people to complete, is the subject of the 2012 documentary Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters. His work has been exhibited widely in the United States and Europe, including a survey that toured throughout Europe from 2001 to 2008. Crewdson’s awards include the Skowhegan Medal for Photography, National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship, and Aaron Siskind Fellowship. He is represented by Gagosian Gallery, New York.

    Image: Gregory Crewdson, Woman at Sink, 2014; from Cathedral of the Pines (Aperture, 2016). © Gregory Crewdson. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery.

  • Mar 22

    Question Bridge: Black Males in America

    BRIC House

    647 Fulton Street

    New York,NY

    Register here

    Question Bridge is an innovative transmedia project led by artists Hank Willis Thomas, Chris Johnson, Bayeté Ross Smith, and Kamal Sinclair, and produced by art world luminaries Deborah Willis and Delroy Lindo. The video installation, book (Aperture/Campaign for Black Male Achievement, 2015), and website facilitate a dialogue between a critical mass of black men from diverse and contending backgrounds. Come and hear how this project creates a platform to represent and redefine black male identity in America.

    Bayeté Ross Smith will moderate an evening of dialogue between different generations of black men that have taken part in the Question Bridge project thus far.

    Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event through Greenlight Bookstore.

    For more information and registration, visit bricartsmedia.org.

    About Stoop at BRIC House
    Illuminating the arts and life around us in Brooklyn, BRIC’s Stoop Series features artistic performances, presentations, participatory activities and dynamic conversations. Drop in and explore music, visual art, film, media, storytelling, comedy, and other creative fields.

     

  • Mar 23

    In Good Time, photographs by Doug DuBois

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    The Hermès Foundation and Aperture Foundation are pleased to present the exhibition In Good Time, the first mid-career survey of Doug DuBois’ photographs, curated by Cory Jacobs. This retrospective contains three different bodies of work: All the Days and Nights, Avella, and My Last Day at Seventeen.

    Family is a recurring theme in DuBois’ work, and his first project on the subject, All the Days and Nights, took over twenty years to complete. For his series Avella, DuBois spent years photographing the residents of an old coal-mining town in Pennsylvania where his grandmother had lived. In his most recent series, My Last Day at Seventeen, DuBois traveled to Cobh, Ireland, where he was an artist-in-residence at the Sirius Arts Centre. What started as a month-long residency turned into a five-year project for DuBois, who was fascinated by the complex connections between the teenagers in the insular neighborhood of Russell Heights.

    Doug DuBois (born in Dearborn, Michigan, 1960) has photographs in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, MacDowell Colony, and National Endowment for the Arts. DuBois has exhibited at the J. Paul Getty Museum and MoMA. His first monograph was All the Days and Nights (Aperture, 2009). In 2015, Aperture published his latest book, My Last Day at Seventeen. He has also photographed for magazines including the New York Times Magazine, Time, Details, and GQ. DuBois teaches in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University.

    Cory Jacobs is an independent curator. She has collaborated with the Hermès Foundation for seven years, organizing exhibitions with contemporary photographers. Her work with the Hermès Foundation has also involved developing partnerships with other not-for-profits, such as Aperture and the French Institute Alliance Française. Additionally, she is overseeing a year-long corporate curation project for Hermès proper.

    About the Hermès Foundation’s alliance with Aperture Foundation
    In 2014, the Hermès Foundation launched a program of photographers’ residencies and exchanges, exhibitions, and publications with Aperture Foundation in New York. The program marks the Hermès Foundation’s renewed commitment to intervening upstream in the creative process, with support for the production of new photographic work, and a new partnership with a distinguished, internationally acclaimed photography institution.

    About the Hermès Foundation
    The Hermès Foundation supports people and organizations seeking to learn, perfect, transmit, and celebrate the skills and creativity that shape and inspire our lives today, into the future. Guided by our central focus on artisan expertise and creative artistry in the context of society’s changing needs, the Foundation’s activities explore two complementary avenues: know-how and creativity, know-how and the transmission of skills.

    The Foundation develops its own programs in the contemporary visual arts (exhibitions and artists’ residencies), photography (Immersion, in alliance with Aperture Foundation), performing arts (New Settings), design (the Prix Émile Hermès), and craftsmanship (the Skills Academy), together with international calls for projects promoting biodiversity and solidarity. At the same time, we support the activities of organizations in these areas around the world.

    The Foundation’s unique, diverse activities are governed by a single, over-arching belief: Our gestures define us.hermes

     

    Aperture’s exhibitions are funded in part by an award from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the Charina Endowment Fund. Additional funding for this exhibition is provided by The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Inc.

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    Image: Doug DuBois, Jordan Up the Pole, Russell Heights, Cobh, Ireland, 2010. © Doug DuBois

  • Apr 15

    Aperture Spring Party

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    Spring Party Co-Chairs
    Jessica Nagle
    Julie Meneret

    Support Aperture and celebrate the publication of The Photographer’s Cookbook by Aperture and George Eastman Museum—a book of recipes and photographs by the world’s leading photographers, gathered in the 1970s.

    Evening festivities will include food and cocktails inspired by the recipes featured in The Photographer’s Cookbook, and a guest DJ set with dancing until midnight.

    Proceeds benefit Aperture’s educational programs and community partnerships—such as Aperture On Sight: Teaching Visual Literacy Through Photography, designed to cultivate visual literacy through photography and photobook creation.

    Click here for more details about the 2016 Spring Party.

    For more information, please contact springparty@aperture.org or 212.946.7146/7126.

    Image: Barbara Crane, Private Views, 1980–84

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