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talks & interviews

From the Corridors of Power, A Portrait of Reagan-era Politics

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Judith Joy Ross reflects on her portraits from opposing ends of the political spectrum.

aperture beat

On Empathy: 10 Powerful Images from Magnum Photographers

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David-Alan-Harvey

Magnum’s Square Sale features work that explores our collective humanity.

foundation news

From Stonewall to AIDS, Framing Queer Desire

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Fred Temnel

A recent forum at MoMA reveals a rich, often-overlooked thread of queer history and photography.

foundation news

An Evening with William Eggleston at Aperture’s Fall Benefit

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On October 24, Aperture Foundation honored William Eggleston.

reviews

Louis Faurer’s Postwar New York

Louis Faurer, Untitled, New York, 1949© Louis Faurer Estate
Louis Faurer, Untitled, New York, 1949© Louis Faurer Estate

In the late 1940s, the photographer’s photographer reveled in the contradictory energies of urban life.

reviews

Glamour and Destitution in Los Angeles

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discarded_featured

In his first museum retrospective, Anthony Hernandez finds melancholy beauty in a city of contrasts.

reviews

The Limits of Representation

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CT-5249_Victor-Burgin_Mirror-Lake_2013_03

Can Conceptual art speak to activist issues in new ways?

reviews

Pushing the Boundaries of Gender Performance

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Lee_HipHopProject_featured

Spanning over eighty years of photographs, an exhibition explores the gender non-conforming potential of the word “they.”

aperture magazine

Justine Kurland’s Great American Road Trip

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222MAG309_Kurland_HR

Justine Kurland crossed the United States in a weathered van, pursuing a chronicle of American Drifters.

reviews

Are You Ready For Love?

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Cantor-Pinochet

Four exhibitions celebrate feminist artist Ellen Cantor, who explored the subversive potential of female sexuality.

reviews

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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08_Fig.74_copy

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.