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  • Sep 21 - Sep 24

    NY Art Book Fair

    MoMA PS1

    22-25 Jackson Ave. at the intersection of 46th Ave.

    Long Island City,NY

    Preview – Thursday, September 21: 6:00–9:00 p.m.
    Friday, September 22: 1:00–7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, September 23: 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
    Sunday, September 24: 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

    Visit Aperture Foundation at booth #001 at the twelfth annual NY Art Book Fair, a three-day event for artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines. Exhibitors range from photography and art book publishers, small and large, to individual artists and institutions.

    Details about Aperture’s programming are listed below.

    Friday, September 22
    4:00 p.m. – Dandy Lion panel discussion, featuring Larry Ossei-Mensah, Shantrelle P. Lewis and Olaronke Akinmowo
    6:00 p.m. – PhotoBook Awards Shortlist Announcement

    Saturday, September 23
    3:00 p.m. – The Last Testament book signing with Jonas Bendiksen

    For more information, see visit

  • Sep 22 - Sep 24



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    Friday, September 22: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Saturday, September 23: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Sunday, September 24: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Visit Aperture at #42 during Unseen, an international photography fair focused on undiscovered photography talent and underknown work by established photographers.

    More details about Aperture programming to come.

    For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

  • Sep 22

    Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style

    MoMA PS1

    22-25 Jackson Ave. at the intersection of 46th Ave.

    Long Island City,NY

    During the 2017 New York Art Book Fair, join Aperture at The Classroom, a curated engagement of informal conversations, workshops, readings, and other artist-led interventions for a panel discussion between Larry Ossei-Mensah, Shantrelle P. Lewis and Olaronke Akinmowo, founder of the Free Black Women’s Library. They will discuss the role of photography and Black men’s style as a form of personal politics across the Diaspora in honor of Lewis’s new book, Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style, a project that explores global Black dandyism. These men and women of African descent use style and fashion to define and inhabit a proud, radically independent public persona and cultural heritage. In the vein of Malick Sidibe and Seydou Keita, contemporary photographers capture their revolutionary spirit and sartorial attire in this internationally renowned project.

    For more details about The Classroom’s programming, see here.

    Suits that pop with loud colors and dazzling patterns, complete with a nearly ubiquitous bowtie, define the style of the new “dandy.” Described as “high-styled rebels” by author Shantrelle P. 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. But black dandyism itself is not new; originating in Enlightenment England’s slave culture, it has continued for generations in black cultures around the world. Now, set against the backdrop of hip-hop culture, this iteration of dandies is redefining what it means to be black, masculine, and fashionable. Dandy Lion presents and celebrates individual dandy personalities, designers and tailors, movements and events that define contemporary dandyism. Throughout the book, self expression is communicated through personal style, clothing, shoes, hats, and swagger. Lewis’s carefully curated selection of contemporary photographs surveys the movement across the globe in spectacular form, with all of the vibrant patterns, electrifying colors, and fanciful poses of this brilliant style subculture.

    Shantrelle P. Lewis (author) 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. Lewis has curated exhibitions for several institutions including the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts; Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art; Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture; and the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Her traveling curatorial initiative, The Dandy Lion Project, examines global black dandyism through photography and film.

    Image: Omar Victor Diop, Alt + Shift + Ego, 2013; from Dandy Lion (Aperture, 2017) © Omar Victor Diop, Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris

  • Sep 22

    2017 Paris Photo—Aperture PhotoBook Awards Shortlist Announcement

    MoMA PS1

    22-25 Jackson Ave. at the intersection of 46th Ave.

    Long Island City,NY

    Join Aperture in the Basement Theater at the New York Art Book Fair for the announcement of the 2017 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Shortlist, celebrate the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography. Showcasing the best recently published books across three major categories: First PhotoBook, PhotoBook of the Year, and Photography Catalogue of the Year. The 2017 shortlist jury this year includes Lesley Martin (Creative Director, Aperture Foundation and publisher of The PhotoBook Review), Christophe Wiesner (Artistic Director, Paris Photo), Kathy Ryan (Director of Photography, New York Times Magazine), Joel Smith (Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Morgan Library & Museum), and Gregory Halpern (2016 Winner of PhotoBook of the Year Award). The jury will speak briefly about the current State of the PhotoBook in advance of announcing the thirty-five books short-listed for award consideration.

    For more information about, see here.

  • Sep 26

    Studio Tour: Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao



    Exclusively for Members

    Aperture Members at the Friend, Dual Friend/FamilyPatron Circle, Benefactor Circle, and Paul Stand Circle levels are invited to the Long Island City studio of Aperture-published photographer Jeff Chien Hsing Liao for refreshments and a discussion led by the artist.

    Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao (born in Taiwan, 1977) first received recognition with his series Habitat 7, which was featured in the September 11, 2005, issue of the New York Times Magazine as the winner of the Capture the Times photography contest. In 2014, Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao: New York was published by Aperture. His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and can be found in the permanent collections of institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston; Queens Museum, New York; Brooklyn Museum, New York; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; George Eastman House, Rochester, New York; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida; JGS Howard Stein Collection, New York; Pilara Foundation Collection, San Francisco; Allen G. Thomas Jr. Collection, North Carolina; and Deutsche Bank Collection. His current project will be on view at the Foley Gallery September 6 – October 15.

    Not an Aperture Member? Become one today to receive an exclusive invitation to this event and participate in other educational gatherings year round!

    Image: Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, Autumnal Equinox, 2015, 60″ x 100″



  • Sep 27

    Tabitha Soren in Conversation with Steven Winn

    Nourse Theater

    275 Hayes St

    San Fransisco,CA

    Join Aperture at City Arts & Lectures for a conversation between photographer Tabitha Soren and Steven Winn, about Soren’s latest publication Fantasy Life: Baseball and the American Dream. Following the talk will be a book signing.

    To buy tickets, see here.

    In 2002, Tabitha Soren first began photographing a group of minor league draft picks for the Oakland A’s—young men coming into the major league farm system straight from high school or college. Fifteen years after that first shoot, Fantasy Life portrays a selection of these stories, gathering together a richly textured series of photographs taken on the field and behind the scenes at games, along with commentaries by each of the players and memorabilia from their lives—from kindergarten-age baseball cards to x-rays of player injuries.

    Dave Eggers contributes a five-part short story that compellingly condenses the roller-coaster ride of the minor-league every-man, from youthful pursuit of stardom through the slog of endless hardscrabble games, to that moment of realization that success may not be just around the corner after all. Additionally, a number of the featured players add their own real-life experiences of trying to make it to “The Show.” Together, these elements evoke the enduring spirit of this quintessential American fantasy of making it in the major leagues.

    Tabitha Soren left a successful career in television in 1999 to start another one as a photographer. Her work is included in public collections such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Oakland Museum of California; Transformer Station, Cleveland, Ohio; Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco; New Orleans Museum of Art; Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indiana; and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans. Her work has been featured in Dear Dave, McSweeney’s, Vanity Fair, New York Times Magazine, Blink, Slate, New York, Sports Illustrated, California Sunday Magazine, and ESPN The Magazine. She is represented by the Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles.

  • Oct 9

    Gallery and Bookstore closed

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

  • Oct 10

    Artist Talk: Daniel Gordon

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    This event is free for students with ID and Aperture Members.

    Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with the Photography Program at Parsons School of Design, of The New School, is pleased to present an artist talk with Daniel Gordon. Gordon is a Brooklyn-based multimedia artist who uses collage, sculpture, and photography to create fantastical portraits, nudes, and still lifes. Critics have drawn parallels between Gordon’s work and the paintings of artists such as Matisse and Cézanne, yet Gordon relies on the camera to ground his art. Photography transforms Gordon’s often fragile and ephemeral tableaux into works with solidity and permanence. Gordon has remarked that in his early work he was preoccupied with creating images that looked real, but he has since become less interested in mimicking reality. As something of a modern-day Dr. Frankenstein, Gordon revels in fragmentation and fracturing, the crumpling of paper and manipulation of colors; he draws attention to the fact that Photoshop is very much a part of his process. However, Gordon will never altogether cede his work to the computer, he explains: “Without seams and faults and limitations my project would be very different. The seamlessness of the ether is boring to me, but the materialization of that ether, I think, can be very interesting.”

    Daniel Gordon (b. 1980, Boston; raised in San Francisco) earned a BA from Bard College in 2004, and an MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2006. His notable group exhibitions include New Photography 2009 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Greater New York 2010 at MoMA PS1. His work will be included in upcoming exhibitions at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Florida. He is the author of Still Lifes, Portraits, and Parts (2013), Flowers and Shadows (2011), and Flying Pictures (2009). He is the winner of the 2014 Foam Paul Huf Award, and exhibited his work in a solo exhibition at the Foam museum in 2014. Gordon is represented by James Fuentes in New York City and had his first exhibition with the gallery, titled New Canvas, in February 2017. He is the co-director of Downstairs Projects in Brooklyn, where he lives and works.

    Image: Daniel Gordon, Still Life with Vegetables and Tulips, 2017. Pigment print. 59¼ x 75 in.


    Aperture’s exhibitions and programs are also funded, in part, with support from the Grace Jones Richardson 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.

  • Oct 11 - Oct 15

    Frankfurt Book Fair


    Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1

    Frankfurt am Main,

    Wednesday–Saturday: 09:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    Sunday: 09:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    Visit Aperture at the 69th annual Frankfurt Book Fair. The Frankfurt Book Fair, an international trade fair for content, the centre of the international media world and a major cultural event. Frankfurt Book Fair brings together the publishing and media industry to showcase the diverse and innovative international community.

    More details about Aperture’s programming will be available soon.

    For more information, see here.

  • Oct 14 - Oct 15

    Stuart Smith: How Not to Design a Photobook

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

  • Oct 16

    Artist Talk: Justyna Mielnikiewicz

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, is pleased to present an artist talk with Justyna Mielnikiewicz. Based in Tbilisi, Georgia, Mielnikiewicz is the 2016 recipient of the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography for her project A Diverging Frontier: Russia and Its Neighbors. Passionate about people and their stories, Mielnikiewicz creates photographs that are sensitive studies of life in the areas surrounding the Russian border more than two decades following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Mielnikiewicz’s concerns are complex, often discussing issues that relate to these regions such as the abstractness of borders, unity and disunity, and how personal beliefs can be exploited by leaders to incite conflict and destabilize. However, the photos themselves are grounded in the everyday, perhaps even the seemingly mundane—as Mielnikiewicz explains: “Even in the time of war, people still get up, brush their teeth, have to do their shopping. They go meet their friends, they marry and they die. In a peaceful time it’s easier, in wartime it’s harder. But war or revolution or unrest doesn’t stop real life.”

    Justyna Mielnikiewicz (b. 1973) grew up in Poland and started her career as a photographer after graduating from Jagiellonian University. Since 2002 she has been based in the Republic of Georgia. In her work, she mainly focuses on the countries of the former Soviet Union. The most important part of her professional activity is devoted to personal, long-term projects. In 2014, she published her first book, Woman with a Monkey: Caucasus in Short Notes and Photographs. She is currently finishing her long-term project on Ukraine titled A Ukraine Runs Through It, exploring modern Ukraine in turmoil, with the Dnieper River as a metaphor of the present split in the country. With the 2016 grant she won from the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, she is working on a new project that explores the role of ethnicity in identity formation for Russians residing in former Soviet states, twenty-five years after the fall of the Soviet Union.

    The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography was established in 1978 following the death of W. Eugene Smith, the legendary American photo-essayist. Today, it is one of the most prestigious honors in documentary photography. Every year it recognizes a photographer whose past work and proposed project, as judged by a panel of experts, follow the tradition of Smith’s concerned photography and the dedicated compassion exhibited during his forty-five-year career. The application deadline is in early June.

    More information can be found at

    The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund is supported by generous contributions from The Incite Project, Herb Ritts Foundation, Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation, and Canon USA. Additional support is provided by Photo District News, International Center of Photography (ICP), School of Visual Arts (SVA) BFA Photography, MFA Photography, Video and Related Media departments, MediaStorm, Brilliant Graphics, Synergy Communications, and Aperture Foundation.

    The Smith Talks and other programs at Aperture are supported, in part, by the Grace Jones Richardson Trust and William Talbott Hillman Foundation, and by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with 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, and with additional support from generous individuals, including the Board of Trustees and Members of Aperture Foundation.

    Image: Justyna Mielnikiewicz, Varvara Nikolayenko on stage in the theater where she performs the role of the Soviet Pioneer, Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine, November 2008

  • Oct 19 - Oct 22

    Texas Contemporary

    George R. Brown Convention Center

    1001 Avenida De Las Americas


    Opening Night Preview – Thursday, October 19: 6:00–10:00 p.m.
    Friday, October 20 & Saturday, October 21:
    11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
    Sunday, October 22: 12:00–6:00 p.m.

    Join Aperture at Texas Contemporary, Houston’s leading contemporary and modern art fair. Now in its seventh edition, Texas Contemporary 2017 will feature 75 exhibitors and an innovative program of special projects and public installations.

    More details about Aperture’s programming will be available soon.

    For more information, see here.

  • Oct 30

    2017 Aperture Gala: The Elements of Style

    IAC Building

    555 West 18th Street

    New York,NY

  • Nov 9 - Nov 12

    Paris Photo

    Grand Palais

    21 Avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt


    Visit Aperture Foundation at the 21st edition of Paris Photo, an international art fair dedicated to the photographic medium, a key rendez-vous for dealers, collectors, curators, artists and art aficionados.

    Book signing schedule:

    Friday, November 10
    12:00 p.m –The Martin Parr Coloring Book! with Martin Parr

    3:00 p.m –Seeing Things and Cape Light with Joel Meyerowitz

    Saturday, November 11
    12:00 p.m – On the Frontline and Nicaragua with Susan Meiselas

    2:00 p.m.The Last Testament with Jonas Bendiksen

    4:00 p.m.The Many Lives of Erik Kessels with Erik Kessels

    Additional artist book signings will be posted soon. For more information about Paris Photo, visit

  • Nov 22

    Gallery and Bookstore closing at 2:00pm

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

  • Nov 23 - Nov 25

    Gallery and Bookstore closed

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

  • Dec 6 - Dec 10



    Ocean Drive and 12th Street

    Miami Beach,Florida

    VIP/Press Preview: Tuesday, December 5, 1:00–8:00 p.m.

    Wednesday December 6—Saturday, December 9: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Sunday, December 10: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Visit Aperture Foundation at Booth C20 at UNTITLED, Miami Beach, an international art fair that focuses on curatorial balance and integrity across all disciplines of contemporary art. Founded in 2012, UNTITLED’s curatorial team invites galleries, artist-run exhibition spaces, and non-profit institutions to come together in an architecturally designed venue on the beach.

    For more information and to buy tickets, see here.