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Queer Photography: A Reflection

June 24th, 2016
Peter Hujar, David Wojnarowicz, 1981 © The Peter Hujar Archive LLC

Vince Aletti recalls Tomorrow’s Man, Peter Hujar, James Dean, and the thrill of discovering queer pictures.

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  • Jun 29

    Tiny: Streetwise Revisited with Martin Bell and Bill Hunt

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    In 1983 Mary Ellen Mark began photographing a group of fiercely independent homeless and troubled youth who were making their way on the streets of Seattle as pimps, prostitutes, panhandlers, and smalltime drug dealers. Initially published in July of that same year in Life magazine, this work culminated in the 1988 publication Streetwise, and the 1984 documentary film of the same name by Mark’s husband, filmmaker Martin BellTiny: Streetwise Revisited, on view at Aperture Gallery through June 30, incorporates the most powerful images from Streetwise and also includes Bell’s film. His soon-to-be-released documentary film, TINY: The Life of Erin Blackwell, also weaves together thirty years of at-times devastating footage, including never-before-seen sequences from the filming of Streetwise, to intimately chronicle Erin Blackwell’s complex story.

    Bell will be joined by Bill Hunt for a conversation about this landmark work, and the commitment both Mark and Bell made to narrating Tiny’s life; the very fact of this long-term, ongoing relationship, and the trust it engendered, is in itself extraordinary.

    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.

    W. M. (Bill) Hunt has been collecting, looking at, and talking about photography for over forty years. Hunt is an author (The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the Unconscious, Aperture, 2011; L’Oeil de la Photographie), dealer (Hasted Hunt, Ricco/Maresca), and teacher (School of Visual Arts, Aperture, ICP). His collections have been exhibited at the Rencontres in Arles, Musée de l’Élysée, FOAM, George Eastman Museum, and Foto Industria. His exhibition Hunt’s Three Ring Circus: American Groups before 1950 was presented last fall by the ICP in New York.

    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: Tiny, Halloween, Seattle, 1983 © Mary Ellen Mark

     

  • Jul 6

    Aperture Connect Member Meetup

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    INVITE ONLY

    New York City gallerist and collector, Taymour Grahne is hosting the second annual meetup event for Aperture Connect Members. Aperture Connect is a dynamic group of supporters (ages 21 to 37), residing in the New York Tri-state area, who seek to further their knowledge and understanding of photography, publishing, and the international photo community.

    About Taymour Grahne

    Taymour Grahne is the founder of Taymour Grahne Gallery, an international contemporary art gallery located in Tribeca. Grahne’s roots, which straddle Finland and Lebanon as well as his experiences living in London and Beirut, helped cultivate his deep appreciation for the global art scene. His time in New York City solidified his desire to open a gallery in 2013. Grahne was recognized by Modern Painters as one of the 50 Most Exciting Collectors Under 50, and is active with museums and institutions worldwide. Collection highlights for this tour and discussion include work by Hassan Hajjaj, Youssef Nabil, Bouchra Khalili, and Mitra Tabrizian.

    Not an Aperture Connect Member? Become one today to receive an exclusive invitation to see the private photography collection of Taymour Grahne and participate in other educational gatherings year round!

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    Image: Hassan Hajjaj, Hindi Kahlo, 2006 Metallic lambda print on 3 mm Dibond

  • Jul 9

    Walter Chandoha at The Doylestown Bookshop

    The Doylestown Bookshop

    16 South Main Street

    Doylestown,PA

    Join Walter Chandoha at The Doylestown Bookshop for a discussion and book signing of his recent publication Walter Chandoha: The Cat Photographer (Aperture, 2015).

    The book, which was on Vogue.com and the New York Times Magazine’s best books of 2015 lists, captures fifty of Chandoha’s greatest cat images—from the fluffiest to the grumpiest—and provides insight into his life and work, as well as tips for capturing the perfect cat portrait. Chandoha is the original master of cat photography, and his work predates the internet cat craze. With a career that spans from the 1950s onward, Chandoha’s photographs of furry felines have appeared in the pages of National Geographic and Life, among other national publications, as well as in more than twelve books about cats and other animals.

    For more information, visit doylestownbookshop.com

    Walter Chandoha (born in Bayonne, New Jersey, 1920) is a veteran photographer and writer who has worked as a professional freelancer for over sixty years. His flora and fauna photography has appeared on over three hundred magazine covers; in thousands of advertisements for various companies, from small businesses to the Fortune 500; in numerous book publications; and on posters, billboards, various printed matter, and even credit cards.

    Image: © Walter Chandoha

  • Jul 14

    2016 Aperture Summer Open: Photography Is Magic

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    Join us for the opening reception of the 2016 Aperture Summer Open: Photography is Magic. This year was a call for contributions to the idea of photography as a magical form.

    Curator Charlotte Cotton writes: “The photographic practices represented in the final selection for this year’s Summer Open are rich with vitality and deep curiosity for the magical medium of photography. They share a fascination with and substantial knowledge of the historical roots and the contemporary state of photography. These artists actively play with the medium’s heritage—re-animating and re-contextualizing its alchemical properties—to render ideas about its contemporary material value. They are astutely aware of the viewers’ perceptions and trains of thought, grounded in our shared context of an ever-expanding image world. They invite us to pay attention to the thriving possibility of photography as an experimental platform, rich with materiality and visual sleight of hand.”

    Click here for a list of participating photographers.

    About the Aperture Summer Open
    Aperture Summer Open is an annual open-submission exhibition at Aperture Foundation’s gallery that features a wide variety of work drawn from members of our photographic community. Selected annually by a prominent curator or editor, the exhibition seeks to reveal and report on critical themes and trends driving international contemporary photographic practice. The exhibition opens the doors of the Foundation to all photographers, both well- and lesser-known, as it fosters and promotes new ideas and talent.

    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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  • Jul 18

    Charlotte Cotton and Ultra Violet Production House in Conversation

    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 is pleased to present Charlotte Cotton in conversation with Joshua Citarella and Brad Troemel of Ultra Violet Production House. Ultra Violet Production House (UV) is an Etsy store that provides collectors with high-quality material kits and fabrication guidance for all-original works. UV product images are digitally composited combinations of pre-existing products found through on-demand Internet retailers such as Amazon, eBay, Alibaba, and Etsy itself. These products have never been fabricated or seen in person by the artists. Collectors assume responsibility for the realization of materials received based on parts, tools, and tutorials sent to them at the point of purchase. UV has no overhead, no fabrication, no studio, no tools, no hand-shipping, no clearance for visibility. It is a fully outsourced online inventory of material goods, an attempt to lessen the risk and debt associated with artistic production today.

    The conversation will engage topics surrounding engineered virality, long-tail combinations, post-lens photography, and new models for labor and production of artworks. The speakers will also address the potential of the Internet in regards to cultural production, and the circular ecosystem of traffic with respect to Etsy, Pinterest, Facebook, and other social sites.

    Charlotte Cotton has been at the forefront of the appraisal of contemporary art photography for more than twenty years. She is the first curator in residence at the International Center of Photography, responsible for the inaugural exhibition and program at ICP’s 250 Bowery space opening this summer. She has held curatorial positions at institutions including the Victoria and Albert Museum and The Photographers’ Gallery, London, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She has been a visiting scholar and critic at institutions including Parsons the New School for Design, New York University, and the School of Visual Arts, New York; California College of the Arts, San Francisco; Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles; and Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. She is the author of The Photograph as Contemporary Art (2004) and founder of the discussion forum Words Without Pictures. Her most recent publication is Photography Is Magic (Aperture, 2015).

    Joshua Citarella (b. 1987, New York) graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2010 and currently lives and works in New York City. He has had solo shows at Higher Pictures, New York (2013, 2015) and Carroll/Fletcher, London (2016). Selected group exhibitions include Planes, BFI, Miami; Figure 8, Clifton Benevento, New York; Mediated Images, Brand New Gallery, Milan (all 2015); Under Construction: New Positions in American Photography, Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam and Pioneer Works, New York (2014–15); and MOCAtv Presents: A Jogging Screening at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2014). He was organizer of Compression Artifacts (2013) and thePSDshow.org (2012) and was a member of the collaborative artist project Jogging. He currently collaborates with Brad Troemel as Ultra Violet Production House.

    Brad Troemel (b. 1987) is an artist and writer based in New York. In 2009 he cofounded Jogging, a viral blogging platform contributed to by thousands of artists that fostered a call-and-response culture of image compositing and memetic format making. His writing has focused on the dissemination of art images through social media and their subsequent usage and interpretation by non-art audiences.

    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: 700 MONARCH magnetic levitation (Symmetry through imagination) Variable height and breath holding, 2016

     

  • Aug 19 - Aug 23

  • 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.

  • 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.

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