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Isaac Julien, Mise en Scene No 2, Looking for Langston (Vintage series), 1989-2016. Courtesy the artist and Jessica Silverman Gallery

The Pleasure of the Image: A Conversation with Isaac Julien

April 29th, 2016
Isaac Julien, Mise en Scene No 2, Looking for Langston (Vintage series), 1989-2016. Courtesy the artist and Jessica Silverman Gallery

In a new exhibition, the celebrated filmmaker returns to his pioneering work about queer black identity.

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  • May 5 - May 8

    Chicago Patron Weekend

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    Join or renew as a Patron Member today to receive your invitation for this trip and other exclusive events throughout the year.

    Aperture Foundation’s Chicago Patron Weekend itinerary includes highlights such as curator-led exhibition tours of Mana Contemporary, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, and the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as special visits to see the private collections of John Hass and Mary Frances Budig, and Richard and Ellen Sandor, as well as to the studios of Aimée Beaubien, Laura Letinsky, Jan Tichy, and Beate Geissler and Oliver Sann.

    Our trip to Chicago is offered to Aperture Trustees or Members at the Patron Circle ($1,000) level or above, with a supplemental registration fee* of $2,285 for individuals, or $3,250 for couples requiring a double occupancy room.

    Registration fee* includes: hotel accommodation for three nights (check-in: May 5; check-out: May 8) in a Classic King room at the Langham, the luxurious skyscraper hotel; two full days (Friday, May 6, and Saturday May 7) of private tours and studio and collection visits, including transportation by bus to and from each activity (each day will start at the Langham); Langham Club privileges, such as breakfast buffet, afternoon tea, and evening cocktails, as well as butler service, choice of daily international newspaper, valet assistance, and access to special reading library with books and magazines; and breakfast every day, two lunches, one dinner (Friday, May 6), and two cocktail parties.

    *Registration fee does not include airfare or car transfers to and from airport.

    For more information or to request the trip itinerary, please contact egrillo@aperture.org or 212.946.7103. Space is limited.

    Image: Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #12, 1978. Courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

  • May 7

    Mickalene Thomas at 1:54 Fair

    Pioneer Works

    159 Pioneer Street

    Brooklyn,NY

    Mickalene Thomas will sign her recently published monograph, Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs (Aperture, 2015), at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. Select photographs from the book will be installed in the space, offering visitors the opportunity to meet the artist and view her works in print and in person.

    For more information, visit 1-54.com

    Mickalene Thomas (born in Camden, New Jersey, 1971) earned her BFA in painting at Pratt Institute in 2000 and an MFA at the Yale University School of Art in 2002. Thomas participated in residencies at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, 2000–2003, and at the Versailles Foundation Munn Artists Program, Giverny, France, 2011. Her work has been included in countless exhibitions worldwide, including at La Conservera, Ceutí, Spain (2009); National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. (2010); Hara Museum, Tokyo (2011); Santa Monica Museum of Art, California (2012); and Brooklyn Museum (2012–13). She is represented by Lehmann Maupin in New York, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, and Galerie Nathalie Obadia in Paris.

  • May 7

    Olivia Bee: Kids in Love

    Nationale

    3360 SE Division

    Portland,OR

    Join Portland native Olivia Bee for a book signing to celebrate the release of Kids in Love (Aperture, 2016). The Portland band Super Hit (Kyle Handley & Co.) performs acoustically at 5:30 p.m.

    For more information, visit nationale.us

    Olivia Bee (born in Portland, Oregon, 1994) is based in Brooklyn. After the recognition received for her photographs on social media, Converse commissioned Bee, at the age of fifteen, to shoot her first ad. She has since gone on to shoot campaigns for brands such as Hermès, Levi’s, and Apple, and editorial features for publications such as Vogue, ViceNew York, the New York Times, and Le Monde. Her photography has been featured in solo shows at Agnès B, New York, and Bernal Espacio, Madrid. In January 2016, Bee was featured as one of Forbe’s “30 under 30” to watch list of artist and style innovators, “creating and designing the future, from the gallery to the runway.”

  • May 11

    Border Cantos with Richard Misrach and Guillermo Galindo

    Diesel Bookstore

    5433 College Avenue

    Oakland,CA

    Diesel Bookstore welcomes Richard Misrach and Guillermo Galindo to discuss their recently released book, Border Cantos (Aperture, 2016). A book signing will follow.

    Border Cantos is a cross-disciplinary exploration of the U.S.–Mexico border, developed collaboratively by photographer Richard Misrach and composer Guillermo Galindo. The project features monumental landscapes by Misrach and musical instruments created by Galindo from found objects recovered at the border: a shoe, a water bottle, a backpack. Border Cantos offers new avenues for approaching heated political issues around immigration, border security, and immigration reform, and is a poetic response to the often polarizing discussions concerning these topics.

    For more information, visit dieselbookstore.com

    Richard Misrach (born in Los Angeles, 1949) is one of the most influential photographers of his generation, well-known for his ongoing project Desert Cantos. His work is held by major institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Metropolitan Museum of Art, all in New York, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. He is the recipient of four National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Kulturpreis for Lifetime Achievement in Photography. His other books with Aperture include Violent Legacies (1992), On the Beach (2007), Destroy This Memory (2010), Petrochemical America (with Kate Orff, 2012), Golden Gate (2012), and The Mysterious Opacity of Other Beings (2015). He is represented by Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco; Mark Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles; and Pace/MacGill, New York.

    Guillermo Galindo (born in Mexico City) is an experimental composer. His interpretations of concepts such as musical form, time perception, music notation, sonic archetypes, and sound-generating devices span a wide spectrum of artistic works performed and shown at major festivals, concert halls, and art exhibitions throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. His orchestral composition includes two symphonies: Ome Acatl, premiered in Mexico City by the Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM (OFUNAM, 1997), and Trade Routes (2006), commissioned and premiered by the Oakland East Bay Symphony orchestra and chorus. His operas include two major works: Califas 2000, with text and performance by MacArthur Fellow Guillermo Gómez-Peña, and Decreation/Fight Cherries, with text by MacArthur Fellow poet Anne Carson.

    Image: Richard Misrach, Wall, near Brownsville, Texas, 2013, from Border Cantos (Aperture, 2016)
    © Richard Misrach

  • May 14 - May 15

    PGH Photo Fair

    Carnegie Museum of Art

    4400 Forbes Aveue

    Pittsburgh,PA

    Visit Aperture Foundation at the PGH Photo Fair, a two-day event that features a range of exhibitors.

    PGH Photo Fair is free and open to the public, however entrance to Carnegie Museum of Art exhibits requires ticket purchase.

    For more information, visit pghphotofair.com

     

  • May 19 - May 22

    Photo London

    Somerset House

    Strand

    London,United Kingdom

    Visit Aperture Foundation at Photo London, a major international photography fair bringing together 80 of the world’s leading galleries. Photo London harnesses the city’s outstanding creative talent and brings the world’s leading photographers, curators, exhibitors, and dealers and the public to celebrate photography, the medium of our time.

    Book signing schedule:

    Friday, May 20
    3:00–4:30 p.m.: Richard Misrach

    Saturday, May 21
    2:00–3:00 p.m.: Richard Learoyd

    Sunday, May 22
    1:00–2:00 p.m.: Olivo Barbieri

    Additional book signings to be announced.

    For more information, visit photolondon.org
    To purchase tickets, visit photolondon.seetickets.com

  • May 21

    Aperture On Sight: Teaching Visual Literacy through Photography

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    This exhibition features photographs and photobooks made by students of Aperture’s 2015/16 visual literacy program, Aperture On Sight. Over the course of twenty classes, these students strengthened their visual literacy skills by learning how to analyze and interpret images—a cognitive ability that is decidedly valuable in today’s wired world. Aperture’s curriculum expands students’ visual literacy by teaching them to look carefully, articulate ideas using photographic language, and interpret and create meaning through an understanding of form, content, and context. The lessons encourage collaboration and inquiry-based learning so that students may connect personally with photographs made by both their peers and master photographers. These students learn how to visually communicate their ideas, construct and defend their interpretations, create photographs with intention and meaning, and make self-published photobooks that share their stories. It will be the visually literate among us who will be the most effective communicators in the digital age, which is why Aperture Foundation is committed to helping young people strengthen their visual literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills.

    Aperture’s program this year reached over one hundred students at seven locations, which include Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School (BCAM), Highland Park Community School, I.S. 61 Leonardo da Vinci, M.S. 136 Charles O. Dewey, Storefront Academy Harlem, East Side Community High School, and Grand St. Settlement’s after-school programs, facilitated by the Beacon Community Center and School’s Out New York City (SONYC).

    Aperture’s teaching artists include Community Partnerships Coordinator Alice Proujansky, Zalika Azim, Adair Ewin, Alexis Lambrou, Christopher Lopez, Pete Pin, Nancy Schneider, and José Soto. Additional support was provided by school staff members Trayisha Adams, Gordon Baldwin, Logan Blouin, David Dennis, Brightwan Harold, Kyle Heyward, Leigh Klonsky, Sarina Maros, Victor Munoz, and James O’Brien. Aperture’s Education staff includes Deputy Director Sarah McNear, Education and Public Programs Assistant Ashley Strazzinski, and Education Work Scholar Becca Imrich.

    The 2015/16 programs have been made possible with support from The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Bay and Paul Foundations, The Pinkerton Foundation, The Reba Judith Sandler Foundation, and a gift from Agnes Gund. Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council and Grand St. Settlement. The curriculum aligns with the national Common Core standards for college readiness and the New York City Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts.

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    Image: Photo by Yasmeen D., grade 7, Storefront Academy

  • May 25

    Tiny: Streetwise Revisited, photographs by Mary Ellen Mark

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    In 1983, Mary Ellen Mark began a project called Streetwise. Five years later, it became a poignant document of a fiercely independent group of homeless and troubled youth who made their way on the streets of Seattle as pimps, prostitutes, panhandlers, and small-time drug dealers. Streetwise introduced several unforgettable children, including Tiny, who dreamed of a horse farm, diamonds and furs, and a baby of her own. Since meeting Tiny thirty years ago, Mark continued to photograph her, creating what became one of Mark’s most significant and long-term projects. The exhibition Tiny: Streetwise Revisited incorporates the most powerful images from Streetwise, taking us from thirteen-year-old Tiny to the middle-aged mom of ten we meet today. Exhibition texts and captions are drawn from conversations between Tiny and Mary Ellen Mark, as well as with Mark’s husband, filmmaker Martin Bell, who made the landmark film Streetwise, also included in the exhibition.

    Accompanying publication:
    Tiny: Streetwise Revisited (Aperture, 2016), photographs and afterword by Mary Ellen Mark, with essays by Isabel Allende and John Irving

    Renowned photographer Mary Ellen Mark’s (born in Philadelphia, 1940; died in New York, 2015) numerous honors and awards included a Fulbright Scholarship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Cornell Capa Award, and the 2014 Lifetime Achievement in Photography Award from George Eastman House. During her lifetime, her photo-essays and portraits were exhibited worldwide and appeared in numerous publications, including Life, the New York Times Magazine, and the New Yorker. Her photo-essay on runaway children in Seattle became the basis of the Academy Award–nominated film Streetwise, directed and photographed by her husband, Martin Bell, and was published in book form in 1988. Mark published twenty-one books, including American Odyssey (Aperture, 1999), Twins (Aperture, 2003),Exposure (2005), Seen Behind the Scene (2009), Prom (2012), and Tiny: Streetwise Revisited (Aperture, 2015). In addition to producing her own work, Mark taught photography workshops for nearly thirty years; her thoughts on teaching are captured in one of her final titles, Mary Ellen Mark on the Portrait and the Moment (Aperture’s Photography Workshop Series, 2015).

    Martin Bell (born 1943) started out as a freelance cinematographer for documentaries and television dramas in his native England before coming to the United States thirty-five years ago. Bell has directed documentaries such as the Academy Award–nominated Streetwise (1984), which followed the lives of runaway kids on the streets of Seattle, and The Amazing Plastic Lady (1993), set in the Indian Circus. He has directed narrative feature films, including Hidden in America (1996), a portrait of a family struggling with poverty, featuring Beau and Jeff Bridges. His film Prom (2010) explores the complex lives of teenagers as they transition from childhood to adulthood, and is a companion piece to his wife Mary Ellen Mark’s photographic project of the same name. Bell recently completed six short films about pediatric healthcare for Novartis, shot in Los Angeles, Ukraine, India, and China. An ongoing film project, A New York Story, aims to capture the energy and resilient spirit of New York City since September 11, 2001.

    Special thanks to Chuck Kelton for making the exhibition prints, and to ILFORD for graciously donating the ILFORD MULTIGRADE FB CLASSIC Gloss paper.

    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.

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  • Jun 17

    Olivia Bee at LOOK3

    The Paramount Theater

    215 East Main Street

    Charlottesville,Virginia

    Join Olivia Bee as she talks about her new book, Kids in Love (Aperture, 2016), at LOOK3. A book signing of Kids in Love will follow.

    Olivia Bee: Kids in Love is the first book by the twenty-two-year-old photographer, whose work follows in the tradition of Nan Goldin and Ryan McGinley. Bee is celebrated for her dreamy and evocative portraits of her friends, her new loves, and the young people around her, all of whom are on the brink of adulthood and new possibilities.

    For more information and ticketing, visit look3.org

    The LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph features artist presentations and exhibitions by legendary photographers, as well as outdoor projections, community events, and educational initiatives. Everything takes place along Charlottesville’s historic pedestrian corridor known as the “Downtown Mall,” and at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. LOOK3’s world-class exhibition program is free and open to the public, as are the Friday Evening Projections and many special events.

    Olivia Bee (born in Portland, Oregon, 1994) is based in Brooklyn. After the recognition received for her photographs on social media, Converse commissioned Bee, at the age of fifteen, to shoot her first ad. She has since gone on to shoot campaigns for brands such as Hermès, Levi’s, and Apple, and editorial features for publications such as Vogue, ViceNew York, the New York Times, and Le Monde. Her photography has been featured in solo shows at Agnès B, New York, and Bernal Espacio, Madrid. In January 2016, Bee was featured as one of Forbes’s “30 under 30” to watch list of artist and style innovators, “creating and designing the future, from the gallery to the runway.”

  • Jun 18

    Doug DuBois at LOOK3

    The Paramount Theater

    215 East Main Street

    Charlottesville,Virginia

    Join Doug DuBois as he talks about his recent book, My Last Day At Seventeen (Aperture, 2016), at LOOK3. A book signing of My Last Day At Seventeen will follow.

    Over the course of five years, DuBois photographed a group of teenagers from the Russell Heights housing estate in Cobh, Ireland, and became fascinated by the complex connections between the teenagers in the insular neighborhood. A powerful follow-up to DuBois’ acclaimed first book, All the Days and Nights (Aperture, 2009), this volume provides an incisive examination of the uncertainties of growing up in Ireland today, while highlighting the unique relationship sustained between artist and subject.

    For more information and ticketing, visit look3.org

    The LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph features artist presentations and exhibitions by legendary photographers, as well as outdoor projections, community events, and educational initiatives. Everything takes place along Charlottesville’s historic pedestrian corridor known as the “Downtown Mall,” and at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. LOOK3’s world-class exhibition program is free and open to the public, as are the Friday Evening Projections and many special events.

    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.

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