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Vanguard of the Revolution

Stephen Shames
Kathleen Cleaver, communications secretary and the first female member of the Party’s decision-making Central Committee, talks with Black Panthers from Los Angeles, in West
Oakland, California, USA, July 28, 1968Courtesy the artist and Steven Kasher Gallery
Stephen Shames
Kathleen Cleaver, communications secretary and the first female member of the Party’s decision-making Central Committee, talks with Black Panthers from Los Angeles, in West
Oakland, California, USA, July 28, 1968Courtesy the artist and Steven Kasher Gallery

In the era of Black Lives Matter, what is the legacy of the Black Panther Party? Stephen Shames revisits his chronicle of American activism.

reviews

Before They Were Stars

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In his new memoir, the critic Douglas Crimp revisits the origins of the Pictures Generation, a fabled era of art, sex, and experimentation.

talks & interviews

A Portrait of New York in Rocks and Clouds

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Rockaway-Queens-2014

In his latest series, Mitch Epstein reveals the natural world within the urban grid.

reviews

The Archipelago of Desire

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In Cape Verde, a Portuguese photographer documents the trans community with candid intimacy.

reviews

South Africa in Black and White

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GBL.103-NK3_0826_LR

In David Goldblatt’s photographs from apartheid to the present, a striking account of South African life.

pbr

The 2016 PhotoBook Awards Shortlist

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PBA_Shortlist_Stacks

Aperture and Paris Photo announce the shortlist for the 2016 PhotoBook Awards.

reviews

5 Photography Exhibitions to See This Fall

Alex Prager,  Orchestra East, Section B, 2016  Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong
Alex Prager,  Orchestra East, Section B, 2016  Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong

From modern dance to postwar portraits, here are this fall’s must-see exhibitions in New York.

reviews

Bruce Conner’s Rebellion

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moma_conner_lookingformushrooms

In film and photography, the genre-defying artist confronted American life in the Atomic Age.

aperture magazine

Dispatches: Cairo

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224MAG177_CairoBats-HR

On the rooftops of Egypt’s capital, photographers reclaim the urban landscape.

aperture magazine

A New Grammar for Blackness

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WEB_223MAG154_Odutola-HR

Award-winning poet Claudia Rankine reflects on the intricate drawings of Toyin Ojih Odutola.

reviews

Photography is Miraculous

John Dugdale, Self Portrait with Lilacs for Walt Whitman, 1999. Cyanotype. Courtesy Holden Luntz Gallery
John Dugdale, Self Portrait with Lilacs for Walt Whitman, 1999. Cyanotype. Courtesy Holden Luntz Gallery

Kaja Silverman revises the history of a deceptive medium.

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Vision & Justice Online: Mark Bradford’s Pride of Place

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MB-Pride-of-Place-06

The multidisciplinary artist investigates myths of black masculinity through costume, performance, and an iconic basketball jersey.

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Wild Sync: Lucy Raven in Conversation with Drew Sawyer

Lucy Raven, Tales of Love and Fear, 2015. Stereoscopic photograph, custom-built projection rig, and sound. Installation views, Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York. Courtesy the artist
Lucy Raven, Tales of Love and Fear, 2015. Stereoscopic photograph, custom-built projection rig, and sound. Installation views, Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York. Courtesy the artist

A video artist speaks about sonic journeys near and far.