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Devin N. Morris, Untitled (Red), 2016
Courtesy of the artist

Defying Stereotypes, One Post at a Time

February 24th, 2017
Devin N. Morris, Untitled (Red), 2016
Courtesy of the artist

The four artists in Torrent Tea are redefining narratives of Black and Queer bodies on the Internet.

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  • Feb 24 - Feb 26

    LA Art Book Fair

    The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

    152 North Central Avenue

    Los Angeles,CA

    Visit Aperture Foundation at booth F19 at the fifth annual LA Art Book Fair, presented by Printed Matter. Free and open to the public, LA Art Book Fair is a unique event for artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by over 300 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers.

    Book signing at Aperture’s booth:
    Saturday, February 25
    3:30 p.m.: Todd Hido signing Intimate Distance

    For more information, visit laartbookfair.net.

  • Feb 25

    Collective Workday: Poster and Sign Making

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    For Freedoms invites the public to be a part of the collective experience by creating posters, signs, and billboard designs that speak to the four freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. There will be computer workstations, a large copier/printer, books, magazines, newspapers, scissors, and glue sticks. The proposals will be scanned, printed, and added to the public wall space of the exhibition and included in a compendium of posters and signs made throughout the exhibition. Contact education@aperture.org with questions.

    This event is part of a series of in-person activities produced in conjunction with the exhibition Collective Thinking, For Freedoms. Learn more about the exhibition’s other upcoming events here.

  • Feb 25

    Paul Strand Circle Dinner with Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb

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    By Invitation

    Join Aperture as a Paul Strand Circle ($5,000) Member and be invited to the home of an Aperture trustee for cocktails and dinner with special guests Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, who will discuss and present recent work.

    The Paul Strand Circle program offers exclusive events and trips, including insider tours, studio visits, collection visits, and receptions and dinners in New York, Paris, Miami, London, and beyond. To learn more, please contact Emily Grillo at 212.946.7103 or Hillary Beson at 212.946.7146.

    Alex Webb (born in San Francisco, 1952) is best known for his vibrant and complex color photography, often made in Latin America and the Caribbean. He has published eleven books, including Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba (with Rebecca Norris Webb) and The Suffering of Light (Aperture, 2011), a collection of thirty years of his color work. Alex became a full member of Magnum Photos in 1979. His work has been shown widely, including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. He’s received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, and GEO, among other publications.

    Rebecca Norris Webb (born in Rushville, Indiana, 1956), originally a poet, has published three photography books that explore the complicated relationship between people and the natural world: The Glass Between Us, Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba (with Alex Webb), and My Dakota. Her fourth book, Memory City (with Alex Webb), is a meditation on film, time, and the city of Rochester, New York, in what may be the last days of film as we know it. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; George Eastman House, Rochester, New York; Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York; and Robert Klein Gallery, Boston. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Time, National Geographic, and Le Monde Magazine.

     

    Image: Alex Webb, Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, 1985; from Alex Webb: La Calle (Aperture/Televisa Foundation, 2016)

  • Mar 1

    The Visual Resistance Forum

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    Hosted by WRRQ, The Visual Resistance (TVR) Community Action Forum is an open, interactive gathering where artists and other creative activists organize to resist oppressive policies. United by our belief that images are part of greater movement-building, this will be an evening to connect, build community, and share ideas, skills, and knowledge to support communities on the frontlines of attack.

    The TVR forum will be followed by an informal social hour featuring a short analog projection performance titled Reflectus by WRRQ artist Chris Berntsen. Reflectus is a projection collage that combines one man’s 1970’s personal queer archive with the artist’s contemporary queer imagery to explore themes of intimacy and connection that transcend time.

    Conversations will include: Hate-Free Zones, American History Revisited/Radical Education, TVR News (next episode!), a youth-led Production House (meets every Friday at ICP), System Reboot/Imagine Liberation, Reclaiming Our Stories/Radical Ed, Building a Beloved Community, Institutional Resistance, Movement Building team, Fun With Lightning Bolts (Branding & Web team), (museums & curators & beyond), Distribution & Digital Security.

    If you want to host a conversation not listed above, please contact Quito Ziegler at aqziegler@gmail.com. Sign up here to join these conversations now.

    This event is part of a series of in-person activities produced in conjunction with the exhibition Collective Thinking, For Freedoms. Learn more about the exhibition’s other upcoming events here.

    WRRQ is an intergenerational community of artists and activists united in queerness who wrrq to transform our culture. Our core actions include community-building, activism, art, video, fashion, and food justice. Many of us connected at the homeless youth shelter guided by the spirit of Sylvia Rivera where many of us have spent time, or by collaborating on large-scale art projects in queer and trans spaces. Not every collective member is involved in every project and our individual work continues freely, yet a shared sense of queer family runs throughout all the wrrq we collaborate on. Every summer we retreat to the mountains for Arts in the Woods, an intergenerational residency where we co-create with queer artists surviving homeless shelter systems. Our parent organization, Allied Productions, connects us to rich queer activist history in the Lower East Side, where they operate a community garden refuge (Le Petit Versailles) to gather, perform, and share wrrq. Together, we dream of shifting American culture away from violence, misogyny, and transphobia towards interdependence, restorative justice, accountability, and self-determination.

  • Mar 2 - Mar 5

    Art on Paper

    Pier 36

    299 South Street

    New York,NY

    Visit Aperture at booth G3 at Art on Paper.

    Art on Paper returns to downtown Manhattan’s Pier 36 in March of 2017 to build on the success of the fair’s first two editions. Art on Paper’s medium-driven focus lends itself to significant projects – unique moments that have set the fair apart and established a new and important destination for the arts in New York City.

    For more information, visit thepaperfair.com

  • Mar 3

    Photobooks and Beer

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    The international photography collective Piece of Cake creates a space for artists to support one another and to share ideas. In this spirit, we invite you to participate in an evening of photobook discussion at Aperture. Please bring a photobook to the event that you want people to know about as well as a beverage of your choice.

    This event is part of a series of in-person activities produced in conjunction with the exhibition Collective Thinking, For Freedoms. Learn more about the exhibition’s other upcoming events here.

    Questions? Please e-mail us at: events@aperture.org.

    Piece of Cake collective was created in Rouen in 2002 at the initiative of French photographer Charles Fréger. The original group was comprised of artists from several different European countries including France, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Portugal, and England, among others. In 2009, Cara Phillips initiated the creation of a North American Piece of Cake. Currently the group has members from fourteen countries. Since its inception, Piece of Cake has undergone many changes; however, it maintains its core purpose—to facilitate artist interaction (in person and electronically.) Both groups meet in person one to two times per year at workshops and maintain communication via group e-mail and WhatsApp. These interactions serve to provide a place to share and critique work, and to discuss art practice, technical challenges, arts education, and book-making, and other issues that are relevant to artistic production. Piece of Cake does not make work together nor does it have an artistic manifesto. The collective is comprised of artists with varied approaches to art-making, at different stages of their careers, who bring different cultural experiences.

  • Mar 4

    Collective Thinking: Sharing Work and Ideas

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    Aperture’s exhibition space will be used to host critiques, meetings, sharing of ideas, and experiences. This event is part of a series of in-person activities produced in conjunction with the exhibition Collective Thinking, For Freedoms. Learn more about the exhibition’s other upcoming events here.

    Questions? Please e-mail us at: events@aperture.org.

  • Mar 7

    Artist Talk: David Hartt

    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 David Hartt. The work of Hartt centers around the specificity of sites, and what narratives and ideologies are revealed through it. Interested mostly in “purpose built” spaces—the Johnson Publishing Company Headquarters and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy—his photographs bring to light the outward expression and culmination of ideals that these designed spaces are meant to portray. Hartt explores the difference between the ideological potential of these sites and how the site actually defines itself, often creating gaps between the experience and the actuality of the space.

    With both photography and film, Hartt uses his own biographical inquires as a foundation for his investigation of these built spaces. “Ultimately I consider my work an opportunity to dimensionalize my experience of the world and my place in it.” His photographs are precise yet quietly romantic, often letting the subject—the spaces he occupies—speak for themselves. Although his process includes intense research and conceptual thinking, upon visiting a space Hartt is interested in the encounter and immediacy of experiencing a particular place for the first time. Hartt prefers his work to be slow-moving and awkward, which gives the viewer an opportunity to engage with ideas that they may not have considered.

    David Hartt (b. 1967, Montreal) lives and works in Philadelphia. He received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1994), and has since had exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Or Gallery, Vancouver; and the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. Hartt’s work was a part of Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015, the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He is the recipient of the Canada Council Project Grant, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists, and the United States Artists Cruz Fellowship.

    Image: The Last Poet, 2017

  • Mar 8

    Roundtable Discussion

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    Join representatives from the collectives in a roundtable discussion about collectivity, art-making, and enacting change through visual means. This event is part of a series of in-person activities produced in conjunction with the exhibition Collective Thinking, For Freedoms. Learn more about the exhibition’s other upcoming events here.

  • Mar 9 - Mar 12

    SPE National Conference

    Hilton Orlando

    6001 Destination Pkwy

    Orlando,Florida

    Join Aperture at booth 27 for the 54th annual Society for Photographic Education conference.

    The concept of “family” has become increasingly inclusive paralleled by a focus of growing public exchange. Photographers have been at the leading edge of this cultural shift by raising questions that ask us to consider, “Whose family values?” No matter the basis—governmental, legal, love, lineage, support, companionship, responsibility, or shared beliefs—family values figure heavily in how we express our relationship to the world around us.

    SPE’s national conference is a bit like a family reunion. We come together to share images, to think, to inspire, to be inspired, and to discuss our photographic and teaching practices with the members of our photographic family. This year the conference will gather in one of the most “family friendly” places in the world, Orlando, Florida, to explore how family – intimate, blood, intentional or extended – has impacted our lives, our practice, our teaching, and our ever-changing social and photographic landscape.

    Thursday, March 9
    7:00–8:30 p.m. | Guest Speaker Latoya Ruby Frazier

    Latoya Ruby Frazier will present her work The Notion of Family , followed by a book signing.

    LaToya Ruby Frazier (born in Braddock, Pennsylvania, 1982) received her BFA from Edinboro University, Pennsylvania, in 2004, and her MFA from the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University, New York, in 2007. She has received numerous grants and awards, including a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship, 2014 USA Weitz Fellowship, and 2015 MacArthur Fellowship. Frazier teaches in the Department of Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is a visiting critic at Yale University. Her work has been included in exhibitions at major institutions worldwide.

    For more information, visit www.spenational.org.

  • Mar 15

    Member Exhibition Preview

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    Open to all Aperture Members

    Not an Aperture Member? Join today to attend this event and others throughout the year.

    Aperture Members are invited to enjoy a special exhibition preview and reception on Wednesday, March 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to celebrate the opening of The Library Exhibition with photographs by Thomas R. Schiff.

    Contextualized by Schiff’s photographs, this exhibition also features a photobook reading room installation, selected by Aperture staff.

    5:30–7:00 p.m.
    Private reception

    6:15 p.m.
    Exhibition walk-through

    7:00–8:30 p.m.
    Public opening

    Exhibition on view
    March 15 – April 20 2017

    Thomas R. Schiff studied photography under Clarence White, Jr. and Arnold Gassan while earning a BBA degree from Ohio University in 1970. Schiff began experimenting with panoramic photography in the mid-1980s, making use of a Hulcherama 360 panoramic camera. He has published six books: Panoramic Cincinnati (2003), Panoramic Ohio (2002), Panoramic Parks (2005), Vegas 360 (2008), Wright Panorama (2010), and Prospect (2012). Schiff helped establish Images Center in Cincinnati in 1980 and he is the founder of FotoFocus, a lens-based art biennial held in Cincinnati. He has just completed a book about the architectural legacy of J. Irwin Miller and the city of Columbus, Indiana.

     

    Aperture’s exhibitions are funded, in part, with support from the Grace Jones Richardson Testamentary Trust, and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the 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.

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    Image: Thomas R. Schiff, George Peabody Library, Baltimore MD (detail) from The Library Book

  • Mar 15

    The Library Exhibition: Thomas R. Schiff

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    Join Aperture Foundation for the opening reception of The Library Exhibition with photographs by Thomas R. Schiff.

    In 38 sweeping 360° panoramic photographs by Thomas R. Schiff, The Library Exhibition, based off the forthcoming publication The Library Book (Aperture, 2017), describes many of the great libraries of the United States of America, built between the 18th century and the present.  In pre–Revolutionary War America, libraries were member-driven collections for the elite; it was not until 1790 that Benjamin Franklin helped to establish the first public lending library. Throughout the subsequent centuries the library has evolved, but always remained central to the cultural life of the nation. Thomas R. Schiff ’s photographs trace the history of the library through aesthetic and style while featuring legendary architects such as Charles F. McKim; Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge; and I. M. Pei. The Library Exhibition celebrates the library as an institution at the heart of American civilization, telling the related stories of America’s architecture, philanthropy, and civic idealism.

    Contextualized by Schiff’s photographs, this exhibition also features a photobook reading room installation, selected by Aperture staff.

    Thomas R. Schiff studied photography under Clarence White, Jr. and Arnold Gassan while earning a BBA degree from Ohio University in 1970. Schiff began experimenting with panoramic photography in the mid-1980s, making use of a Hulcherama 360 panoramic camera. He has published six books: Panoramic Cincinnati (2003), Panoramic Ohio (2002), Panoramic Parks (2005), Vegas 360 (2008), Wright Panorama (2010), and Prospect (2012). Schiff helped establish Images Center in Cincinnati in 1980 and he is the founder of FotoFocus, a lens-based art biennial held in Cincinnati. He has just completed a book about the architectural legacy of J. Irwin Miller and the city of Columbus, Indiana.

    Aperture’s exhibitions are funded, in part, with support from the Grace Jones Richardson Testamentary Trust, and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the 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.logos

     

     

    Image: Thomas R. Schiff, George Peabody Library, Baltimore, 2010. © Thomas R. Schiff

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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 31

    2017 Aperture Spring Party and Auction

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street

    New York,NY

    The 2017 Spring Party and Auction theme is inspired by the forthcoming publication Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style.

    Featuring Shantrelle P. Lewis, curator and author of Dandy Lion.

    Spring Party Co-cohairs
    Taymour Grahne
    Thomas R. Schiff

    Click here for more information or to buy tickets.

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

    Dandy attire

    Spring Party ticket and auction proceeds directly benefit Aperture’s publications and public programs, locally and internationally.

    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 8 - Apr 9

    Mary Virginia Swanson: Marketing Your Photographs

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY