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2017 Aperture Summer Open: A Conversation With Eric Gottesman from For Freedoms

March 22nd, 2017
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Aperture recently spoke with Eric Gottesman about photographic liberation.

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  • Mar 25 - Mar 26

    Jason Fulford: CHANCE

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

  • Mar 27

    Tabitha Soren at Rizzoli Bookstore

    Rizzoli Bookstore

    1133 Broadway

    New York,NY

    Join Aperture at Rizzoli Bookstore for a discussion between Tabitha Soren and Sasha Frere-Jones on the forthcoming publication Fantasy Life: Baseball and the American Dream. Following the discussion will be a book signing with Soren.

    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.

    Sasha Frere-Jones is a writer, music critic, and musician. He has written for Pretty Decorating, ego trip, Hit It And Quit It, Mean, Slant, The New York Post, The Wire, The Village Voice, Slate, Spin, and The New York Times. He has been on the staff for The New Yorker, Genius.com, and The Los Angeles Times.

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  • Mar 28

    Fantasy Life Launch at the Bergino Club

    Bergino Baseball Clubhouse

    67 E 11th Street

    New York,NY

    RSVP to events@aperture.org

    Join Aperture and Tabitha Soren at the Bergino baseball Clubhouse for the launch party of the forthcoming publication Fantasy Life: Baseball and the American Dream.

    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 everyman, 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.

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  • Mar 30 - Apr 2

    AIPAD

    Pier 92 & 94

    711 12th Ave

    New York,NY

    Visit Aperture at booth #68 during The Photography Show, the longest-running and foremost exhibition dedicated to the photographic medium, offering a wide range of museum-quality work, including contemporary, modern, and 19th-century photographs as well as photo-based art, video, and new media.

    PhotoBook Spotlight
    Presented by Aperture and M*G!C Group Media
    Thursday through Sunday, 4:00–6:00 p.m.

    Celebrating the contribution of the photobook to the evolving story of photography, Aperture and the M*G!C Group Media will present a daily, in-person spotlight on individual books and publishers as part of AIPAD’S inaugural publisher’s area. From 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday through Sunday, book makers will get a brief time slot in which to introduce their book to the audience at large.

    Schedule to be announced shortly.

    For more information, visit aipadshow.com

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  • Mar 31

    2017 Aperture Spring Party and Auction

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street

    New York,NY

    Spring Party and Auction inspired by Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style

    Presented by Christie’s

    Co-Chairs
    Taymour Grahne
    Darius Himes
    Thomas R. Schiff

    Featured Guest
    Shantrelle P. Lewis, curator and author of Dandy Lion

    Click here to buy tickets.

    Tickets start at $75 ($50 for Aperture Members).

    Spring Party
    9:00 p.m. until midnight
    10:00 p.m. Performance by KOOL A.D.
    Sets by DJ Lumumba a.k.a. Revolution

    Cocktails and bites
    Dress: Dandy

    Dandy Lion presents and celebrates individual dandy personalities, designers and tailors, movements and events that define contemporary dandyism. Described as “high-styled rebels” by 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.

    Shantrelle P. Lewis 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. Her traveling curatorial initiative, The Dandy Lion Project, examines global black dandyism through photography and film.

    Image: Hassan Hajjaj, Joe Casely-Hayford, 2012 (detail) from Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style

  • Apr 4

    Artist Talk: Tabitha Soren

    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, in collaboration with the Photography Program at Parsons School of Design, of The New School, is pleased to present an artist talk with Tabitha Soren. Soren’s work centers on the aesthetic quality of both internal feelings and the photographic process; from aggressive crashing waves to capturing the expressions of someone caught mid-run, Soren’s work touches on emotions—anxiety, bliss, hopeless ambitions, motivation to succeed—that we all often feel. The end product is a photograph of quiet beauty that often contains an underlying tension between viewer and photographer. The tactile nature of her work can be felt when she stretches the medium to a point of abstraction, as seen in her tintypes of baseball players and the marks made on screens left behind by unknown users. These simple acts, such as touching a screen, quickly become beautiful collages that hover between the space of photography and self-reflection.

    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. Since then, she has followed the players through their baseball lives, an alternate reality of long bus rides, on-field injuries, friendships and marriages entered and exited, constant motion, and very hard work, often for very little return.

    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.

    Tabitha Soren (b. 1967, San Antonio) lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. 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; 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.

    This program is supported, in part by the Grace Jones Richardson Testamentary 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.

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    Image: Tabitha Soren, Motel pool, spring training, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2014; from Fantasy Life: Baseball and the American Dream (Aperture, 2017)

  • Apr 8 - Apr 9

    Mary Virginia Swanson: Marketing Your Photographs

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

  • Apr 18

    Artist Talk: Nona Faustine

    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, in collaboration with the Photography Program at Parsons School of Design, of The New School, is pleased to present an artist talk with Nona Faustine. Since 2013 Faustine has gained widespread acclaim for her photographic work that examines historical narratives haunted by the black female body. Through self-portraiture, she at once reclaims sites in New York City where the history of slavery is built over while at the same time psychologically bringing forth this buried hidden past to the present.

    Since the emergence of the photographic medium, photographs have played crucial and complex roles in the telling of historical narratives. In Faustine’s work, the medium is consciously deployed to bring to the surface the resonant tensions that still exist between time, subject, and place––the most essential of the medium’s characteristics. “Through the family album and self-portraiture I explore issues like the inherited legacy of trauma, lineage, and history, reconstructing a narrative of race, memory, and time that delves into stereotypes, folklore, and anthropology. These are meditative reflections of a history Americans have not come to terms with, challenging the duality of what is both visible and invisible.”

    Trained at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Brooklyn-based Nona Faustine received her MFA in 2013 from Bard College/ICP, where she studied photography. Her work has recently been seen in the Institute of Fine Arts, New York; the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York; the African American Museum in Philadelphia; Knockdown Center, Maspeth, New York; Governors Island, New York; the Art Gallery at the College of Staten Island, New York; the Center for Arts and Culture of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn; the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York; the International Center of Photography Gallery, Jersey City, New Jersey; and Smack Mellon Gallery, Brooklyn. She is in the permanent collection of the Studio Museum of Harlem, New York and the University of Maryland.

    This program is supported, in part by the Grace Jones Richardson Testamentary 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.

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    Image: She Gave All That She Could Give and Still They Ask for More, 2014