Aperture In Person
Events Ashore: An-My Lê Talk and Book Signing
Tuesday, November 4
This event is free for students with ID and Aperture Members at the $50 level and above.
Join Aperture and photographer An-My Lê for a talk and book signing of her highly anticipated second book, Events Ashore. In this body of work, Lê continues her exploration of the American military, a pursuit both personal and civic. Events Ashore began when Lê was invited to photograph U.S. naval ships preparing for deployment to Iraq, the first in a series of visits to battleships, humanitarian missions in Africa and Asia, training exercises, and scientific missions in the Arctic and Antarctic.
She emerges as a master colorist, employing the large-format color negative to powerful effect to capture the sometimes surreal, often surprisingly beautiful vistas of the military at work, with an emphasis on descriptive and compositional precision and subtlety of palette.
An-My Lê (born in Saigon, South Vietnam, 1960) received her BAS and MS degrees from Stanford University and an MFA from Yale University. She is currently a professor of photography at Bard College and is the recipient of numerous awards, including fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. In 2012, she became a MacArthur Foundation Fellow. Her work has been widely shown and collected internationally, including at the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris; and the Queensland Art Gallery, Australia, among others.
Image: An-My Lê, Manning the Rail, USS Tortuga, Java Sea, 2010
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the board and Members of Aperture Foundation.