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On the Cover: Aperture’s “Ballads” Issue

May 20th, 2020

How Goldin’s iconic slideshow and book became an enduring model for photographers across ages and around the world.

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  • Jun 2

    Antwaun Sargent in conversation with Nicole R. Fleetwood

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    Join Antwaun Sargent and Nicole R. Fleetwood, as they discuss Fleetwood’s new book, Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration.

    Marking Time offers an intimate and powerful examination of art and visual culture as a critique of mass incarceration. The book features a diverse assortment of work, including prison studio photos, drawings, self-portraits, and sculpture made by incarcerated artists and nonincarcerated photographers and artists concerned about policing, surveillance, and the rise of the carceral state.

    Sargent and Fleetwood will discuss the connections between Black culture, art, and politics, as well as the history of Black artists in social justice movements and in transforming art institutions.

    This is a free, online event. Please follow the link at the button below to register and receive a reminder to participate.

     

     
     

    Nicole R. Fleetwood is a critic, curator, and professor of American studies and art history at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is coeditor of Aperture magazine’s “Prison Nation” (Spring 2018), a special issue focusing on photography’s role in documenting mass incarcerations. She has cocurated exhibitions and public programs on art and mass incarceration at the Andrew Freedman Home and Aperture Foundation, New York; Zimmerli Museum of Art, New Brunswick; Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Philadelphia; and Cleveland Public Library. Her exhibitions have been praised by the Nation, New York Times, and New Yorker. She is the author of Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration (2020), On Racial Icons: Blackness and the Public Imagination (2015), and Troubling Vision: Performance, Visuality, and Blackness (2011), which won the Lora Romero First Book Prize from the American Studies Association.

    Antwaun Sargent is an art critic and writer who has contributed to the New York Times, New Yorker, Vice, and multiple museum publications. His first book is The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion (Aperture, 2019).

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    Image: Michael Moses El, Self-Portrait with Desi, 1985. Copyright PhotoChange LLC and Michael Moses El.

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  • Jun 3

    In the Studio with Daniel Gordon, Simon Arizpe, and Denise Wolff

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    Join artist Daniel Gordon, pop-up engineer Simon Arizpe, and Aperture senior editor Denise Wolff “in the studio” for a behind-the-scenes look at Houseplants (Aperture, 2020). The limited-edition pop-up book renders Gordon’s sculptural forms into a new layer of materiality, brought to life in book form with help from Arizpe. Gordon is interested in subjects popularized by the internet, meticulously cutting up pictures found online to create sculptural and fantastical still lifes. Houseplants consists of six new works—some featuring simple plant forms, others more elaborate tableaux. Gordon, Arizpe, and Wolff will discuss both the book and studio life during lockdown.

    All Aperture members will receive a Zoom invite. Not a member? See here or email [email protected] for more details. 

  • Jun 10

    Wednesday Member Event

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    Over the next few months, Aperture will host a series of weekly events for our members, at 6 pm EDT on Wednesdays. Check back here for more information.

    All Aperture members will receive a Zoom invite. Not a member? See here or email [email protected] for more details. 

  • Jun 17

    Wednesday Member Event

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    Over the next few months, Aperture will host a series of weekly events for our members, at 6 pm EDT on Wednesdays. Check back here for more information.

    All Aperture members will receive a Zoom invite. Not a member? See here or email [email protected] for more details. 

  • Jun 24

    Wednesday Member Event

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    Over the next few months, Aperture will host a series of weekly events for our members, at 6 pm EDT on Wednesdays. Check back here for more information.

    All Aperture members will receive a Zoom invite. Not a member? See here or email [email protected] for more details. 

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