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October 11th, 2018

Barak Zemer pictures intimate moments of isolation in the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles.

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  • Oct 16

    Aperture Conversations: Sheila Pree Bright and Kiche Griffin

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street

    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 a conversation between artist Sheila Pree Bright and creative consultant Likisha “Kiche” Griffin. Join us for a night filled with insight and discussion between Bright and Griffin, both of whom have been working together to lead the path toward racial progress in America. Bright, an Atlanta-based photographer, combines compelling portraits of social justice activists from the past and the present with images of today’s most recent protests surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement in her new book, #1960Now. After the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012, Bright traveled the country attending protests to create images that represent a timeless history. The past and present work in conjunction with one another to not only remind us that the battle we are fighting is far from over, but also to raise awareness of millennial standpoints on issues of civil rights. Creative producer Griffin has worked with Bright on branding strategies for the #1960Now digital campaigns, contributed an essay to the book #1960Now, and is coproducer of Bright’s related art film.

    Copies of Bright’s book #1960Now will be available for purchase. A book signing will follow the talk.

    Image by Sheila Pree Bright, National March on Ferguson, “We Can’t Stop Now,” protesting police violence and the murder of Mike Brown, 2015.

     Sheila Pree Bright is an acclaimed fine-art photographer known for her photographic series #1960Now, 1960Who, Young Americans, Plastic Bodies, and Suburbia.  She received national attention shortly after earning her MFA in photography from Georgia State University, and describes herself as a visual cultural producer portraying large-scale works that combine a wide range of contemporary culture. Bright’s work is included in books, exhibitions, and numerous private and public collections, and she is the recipient of several awards, including the Santa Fe Prize (2006). Her current and most ambitious project to date, #1960Now, is now in the collections at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC; Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; and Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta.

    Kiche Griffin is a creative producer and consultant who has worked with various museums and art organizations. She is an essay contributor to Prospect.4 New Orleans, a citywide triennial of contemporary art curated by artistic director Trevor Schoonmaker; her contribution to the exhibition catalogue honors the legacy work of MacArthur Fellow John T. Scott. She was the community engagement curator of Devin Allen: Awakenings, in a New Light and a curatorial assistant of Ruth Starr Rose (1887–1965): Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World, curated by art historian Barbara Paca (both at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore, 2015–16). Currently, Griffin is director of L. Griffin Creative, an Atlanta-based boutique studio that produces digital content for art professionals and independent filmmakers.

    Aperture Foundation’s public programs are supported, in part, by generous donations from our Board of Trustees, our members and other individuals, and from corporate foundations and private foundations including: Grace Jones Richardson Trust, the William Talbott Hillman Foundation, and 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.


  • Oct 18

    The New Vanguard Photography Prize

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    Join Aperture and Document Journal, in partnership with Calvin Klein, for the opening reception of The New Vanguard Photography Prize, an exhibition spotlighting image makers on the front lines of art and fashion, with support from Ford Models, and powered by Swipecast.

    Open to applications from all around the world, The New Vanguard Photography Prize sought unrepresented talents of all ages and backgrounds, with a focus on discovering new and visionary photographers across fashion and the fine arts. From those submissions, a jury selected a shortlist of 25 artists, which then was narrowed to five finalists who went on to create a series of exclusive photos for Document Journal. The exhibition will feature work from the 25 shortlisted artists, with the winner and recipient of a special cover of the Fall/Winter 2018 edition of Document Journal will be revealed at the opening reception.

    Exhibited Artists

    Igor Pjorrt / Juan C. Rodriguez & Carmen Triana / Quil Lemons / Steph Wilson / Luis Alberto Rodriguez / Bennie Julian Gay / Andreas Laszlo Konrath / Vasily Agrenenko / Marcus Schaefer / Mr. iozo / Markn Ogue / Lucie Khahoutian / Max Cornwall / Kristin-Lee Moolman / Jan Philipzen / Amanda Fordyce / Kirralea Birch / Javarius Jones / Suzie Howell / Ward Roberts / Etienne Saint-Denis / Brian Kanagaki / Andras Ladocsi / Alex Lockett

    The Jury

    The jury is comprised of Nick Vogelson editor-in-chief of Document, Sarah Richardson fashion director of Document, Olivier Rizzo contributing fashion editor, Mario Sorrenti photographer, Roxana Marcoci senior curator of photography at MoMA, Willy Vanderperre photographer, Doug Lloyd creative director and founder of Lloyd&Co., Christopher Michael chief creative officer at Ford Models, Michael Famighetti editor in chief of Aperture, Lorna Simpson artist, Candice Marks vice president of Art Partner, Drew Sawyer curator of photography at the Brooklyn Museum, and Peter Fitzpatrick CEO of Swipecast.

    About Document
    Document Journal, founded in 2012, is the leading biannual journal in print and online based in New York and distributed globally, covering independant culture, art, and fashion. See more at


  • Oct 19

    The Gordon Parks Foundation Mounts “American Family: Derrick Adams and Deana Lawson"

    The Gordon Parks Foundation

    48 Wheeler Avenue, 1st Floor

    Pleasantville,New York

    In celebration of the upcoming exhibition, American Family: Derrick Adams and Deana Lawson, the Gordon Parks Foundation will host a free artists’ reception with photographer Deana Lawson and multidisciplinary artist Derrick Adams, on Friday, October 19 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Both artists will attend and Lawson will sign copies of her highly anticipated new book, Deana Lawson: An Aperture Monograph, set to be published on Tuesday, September 25.

    In American Family, the artists – who both draw inspiration from Parks – explore the complexity of the American character through familiar subjects with their own distinctive artistic approaches.  On view concurrently with American Family will be a selection of Gordon Parks’ family portraits made during the 1950s in U.S. cities including Columbus, Ohio; St. Louis, Missouri; and Chicago, Illinois. Lawson notes, “Like Parks, my motivation is to give meaningful texture and complexity to images of global black culture.” Adams adds, “Parks’ influence…goes beyond the visual, into the meaning and purpose of why I feel it’s so important to show the many facets of black American life in ways that shed light onto the complexity and richness of our past, present and future.”

    For more information about The Gordon Parks Foundation, please visit and follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

    About Deana Lawson

    Photographer Deana Lawson is currently working on prolonged series of portraits that continue her exploration of the body in diasporic spaces.  Lawson received the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013, which gave her the opportunity photograph internationally. She has photographed in DR Congo, Haiti, Jamaica, Ethiopia, and most recently Swaziland and South Africa. Her work has been published in ArtForum, TIME Magazine, The New Yorker, GARAGE and Aperture.  Lawson was included in the 2017 Whitney Biennial and recently had work on view at Sikkema Jenkins Gallery in New York. Deana Lawson’s first monograph, with an essay by Zadie Smith and an interview by Arthur Jafa, will be published by Aperture on September 25, 2018.  Lawson is currently an Assistant Professor in Photography at Princeton University.

    About Derrick Adams

    Derrick Adams is a New York–based, multidisciplinary artist. His practice is rooted in deconstructivist philosophies such as the fragmentation and manipulation of structure and surface, and the marriage of complex and improbable forms. Through these techniques, Adams examines the force of popular culture and the media on the perception and construction of self-image. Adams received his MFA from Columbia University, BFA from Pratt Institute, and is an alumnus of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, as well as the recipient of the Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, S.J. Weiler Award, and Agnes Martin Fellowship. He’s exhibited and performed at MoMA PS1, Brooklyn Museum of Art, PERFORMA, Studio Museum in Harlem, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The California African American Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Arts and Design, among other notable galleries and institutions. Adams’ work is in the permanent collections of Studio Museum in Harlem, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Birmingham Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art.

    About The Gordon Parks Foundation

    The Gordon Parks Foundation’s mission is to permanently preserve the work of Gordon Parks, make it available to the public through exhibitions, books, and electronic media, and support artistic and educational activities that advance what Parks described as “the common search for a better life and a better world.” The primary purpose of The Gordon Parks Foundation’s exhibition space is to present focused exhibits of Parks’ photography, as part of the Foundation’s commitment to educating the public and preserving his work.

    About Gordon Parks

    Gordon Parks was a seminal figure of twentieth century photography. A humanitarian with a deep commitment to social justice, he left behind a body of work that documents many of the most important aspects of American culture from the early 1940s up until his death in 2006, with a focus on race relations, poverty, civil rights, and urban life. In addition, Parks was also a celebrated composer, author, and filmmaker who interacted with many of the most prominent people of his era – from politicians and artists to celebrities, and athletes.

  • Oct 20 - Oct 21

    Jamel Shabazz: On the Streets

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street

    New York,NY

  • Oct 23

    Book Launch: Deana Lawson: An Aperture Monograph

    Peter Jay Sharp Building

    30 Lafayette Ave



    Join photographer Deana Lawson at BAM for the launch of her highly anticipated, landmark first book, Deana Lawson: An Aperture Monograph (Aperture, 2018). Co-presented by BAM and Greenlight Bookstore, the celebratory evening will feature a conversation between Lawson and artist Torkwase Dyson, followed by a book signing.

    For tickets and further details, please visit

    Deana Lawson: An Aperture Monograph (Aperture, 2018)

    Deana Lawson is one of the most intriguing photographers of her generation. Over the last ten years, she has created a visionary language to describe identities through intimate portraiture and striking accounts of ceremonies and rituals. Using medium- and large-format cameras, Lawson works with models she meets in the United States and on travels in the Caribbean and Africa to construct arresting, highly structured, and deliberately theatrical scenes animated by an exquisite range of color and attention to surprising details: bedding and furniture in domestic interiors or lush plants in Edenic gardens. The body—often nude—is central. Throughout her work, which invites comparison to the photography of Diane Arbus, Jeff Wall, and Carrie Mae Weems, Lawson seeks to portray the personal and the powerful in black life. Deana Lawson: An Aperture Monograph features forty beautifully reproduced photographs, an essay by the acclaimed writer Zadie Smith, and an expansive conversation with the filmmaker Arthur Jafa.

    Deana Lawson (born in Rochester, New York, 1979) received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her photography has been exhibited widely, including at the Art Institute of Chicago, Brooklyn Museum, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and the 2018 Whitney Biennial. Lawson is assistant professor in visual arts at Princeton University, and is represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, and Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago.

  • Oct 25 - Oct 27

    PhotoPlus Conference + Expo

    Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

    655 West 34th Street (at 11th Avenue)

    New York,NY

    PhotoPlus Conference + Expo is the largest photography and imaging show in North America. The conference features over 100 educational seminars, workshops, Photo Walks, and Master Classes, and the Expo (FREE with registration) brings together over 200 exhibitors and brands with thousands of the latest products and services for you to touch, try, and compare. Discover the latest in photography, video, and digital imaging.

    2018 Keynote Speakers include Lynsey Addario, Duane Michals, and a panel discussion led by Allen Murabayashi and Adriana Teresa Letorney.

    Visit Aperture at booth #964 and receive special discounts on just-released books, perennial bestsellers, and Aperture magazine subscriptions. Plus, pick up a free copy of The PhotoBook Review.

    Register for a FREE Expo pass here.

    For more information, visit

  • Oct 25

    Chloe Dewe Mathews: Caspian: The Elements

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    Join Aperture for the opening reception of Chloe Dewe Mathews, Caspain: The Elements.

    6:30-8:00 p.m. – Public reception

    7:00 p.m. – Exhibition tour and book signing with Chloe Dewe Mathews

    In 2010, the artist Chloe Dewe Mathews traveled overland from China to the U.K., where she currently lives and works. When she arrived on the shores of the Caspian Sea, she began documenting scenes that intrigued her: stonemasons with their faces covered, building elaborate mausoleums in Kazakhstan for the oil-rich middle class, or health tourists in Azerbaijan, bathing in crude oil for its therapeutic benefits. As she returned to the region repeatedly over the following five years, she sought out stories that raised questions about the human relationship with natural resources in a much-coveted territory.

    This exhibition coincides with the publication of the book Caspian: The Elements, by Chloe Dewe Mathews, which is copublished by Aperture and Peabody Museum Press. A larger exhibition of work from Caspian: The Elements will open at the Peabody Museum in April 2019.

    Chloe Dewe Mathews is the 2014 recipient of the Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography, a fellowship given annually by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology at Harvard University to a photographer who has demonstrated great originality working in the documentary vein.


  • Oct 25

    NYPL Art Talks: How We See: Photobooks by Women

    The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

    42nd Street & 5th Avenue, Floor 2

    New York,NY

    In 1853 Anna Atkins published Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions (1843-1853), a work considered bymany to be the first photobook. Coinciding with the Library’s exhibition, Blue Prints: The Pioneering Photography of Anna Atkins, non-profit 10×10 Photobooks is launching a collection of works created by artists for whom Atkins paved the way. How We See: Photobooks by Women explores the distinctive content, design and intellectual attributes in photobooks produced by women.

    Olga Yatskevich, co-founder of 10×10 Photobooks
    Lesley Martin, Creative Director of Aperture Foundation
    Daria Tuminas, Unseen Book Market and Unseen Dummy Award

    This event is FREE but registration is required. Please register here.

    This event is hosted by the NYPL and 10×10 Photobooks.

  • Oct 27

    Gallery and Bookstore Closed

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street

    New York,NY

  • Oct 27 - Oct 29

    The Gala Weekend


    CLICK HERE to purchase tickets to The Gala Weekend.

    Saturday, October 27 to Monday, October 29
    Gala Weekend access is included with ticket purchases at the $2,500 level or above. Lunch, refreshments, and transportation will be provided on Saturday and Sunday.

    Saturday, October 27
    Collection visit at the home of Bernard Lumpkin and Carmine Boccuzzi, preview and tour with Catherine Opie of her exhibition at Lehmann Maupin, and other activities. The day will conclude with an auction and print sale preview over cocktails at Aperture Foundation at 547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor, New York.

    Sunday, October 28
    Viewing with Sam Contis at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery and studio visits with Matthew Pillsbury and Zoë Buckman, plus other activities to be announced.

    Monday, October 29
    Collection visit at the home of Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas Lee.

    A Gala Weekend/Dinner Ticket includes seated dinner for one guest, plus invitation for one guest to attend the October 27–29 Gala Weekend.

  • Oct 30

    2018 Aperture Gala: Family

    Cedar Lake

    547 West 26th Street

    New York,New York

    CLICK HERE to purchase tables and tickets.

    Tuesday, October 30, 2018 Aperture Gala
    Celebrating photography’s role in expanding our vision of family

    Agnes Gund, Catherine Gund, Catherine Opie, Hank Willis Thomas, and Dr. Deborah Willis

    Sir Elton John, Judy and Leonard Lauder, Nion McEvoy, and Jessica Nagle

    6:00 p.m.
    Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and special print sale with music by Coco & Breezy

    8:00 p.m.
    Dinner, live auction, tributes, and a performance by Kathy Sledge and The House of Xtravaganza

    Festive attire

    Proceeds from the Gala support Aperture’s general operating fund, including award-winning publications, education programs, and touring exhibitions.

    You must be 21 or older to attend Aperture’s Gala

  • Nov 7 - Nov 11

    2018 Paris Photo Patron Program


    Exclusively for Patron Members


    Join Aperture Foundation in Paris November 7­–11, 2018, for the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards and the 2018 edition of Paris Photo, the leading international art fair dedicated to the photographic medium.

    As an Aperture Trustee or Patron traveling to Paris, you will be invited to Paris Photo’s vernissage on Wednesday, November 7, as well as select activities organized by Aperture, and an intimate cocktail and dinner with Aperture editors and artists.

    Space is very limited. Reserve your spot today!

    One Aperture membership (valid through November 11, 2018) at the Patron ($1,000), Benefactor ($2,500), or Paul Strand Circle ($5,000) level is required to participate in any of the Aperture-organized activities in Paris.

    Contact Jean Son at [email protected] or 212.946.7146 for more details on the trip and Aperture’s Patron Program.


  • Nov 8 - Nov 11

    Paris Photo

    Grand Palais

    21 Avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt


    Visit Aperture Foundation during the 22nd edition of Paris Photo, an international art fair dedicated to the photographic medium, a key rendez-vous for dealers, collectors, curators, artists and art aficionados. Programming details to come.

    Thursday, November 8
    Friday, November 9
    Saturday, November 10
    Sunday, November 11

  • Nov 22 - Nov 25

    Gallery and Bookstore Closed

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street

    New York,NY

  • Dec 4

    Aperture Conversations: Family

    Starr Foundation Hall at the New School University Center

    63 Fifth Avenue

    New York,NY

    Celebrating the forthcoming “Family” issue of Aperture magazine, this conversation will consider how artists and photographers have chronicled their relationships to their families and communities. This panel brings together three photographers, each of whom has created a body of work about the complexity of family: Justine Kurland’s new series about her mother; Zun Lee’s collection of Polaroid snapshots of African American family life; and Diana Markosian’s new project depicting the story of her mother, who moved with her family from Russia to Santa Barbara, California, as a mail-order bride.

    Moderated by Lois Braverman, President Emeritus of the Ackerman Institute for the Family.

    This event is presented by Aperture Foundation and the Photography Programs of Parsons School of Design at The New School.

    Significant support for this program and the “Family” issue of Aperture magazine is provided by the Kanakia Foundation, the Anne Levy Charitable Trust, and the Reba Judith Sandler Foundation.

    Further generous support is provided, in part, by the Board of Trustees and Members of Aperture Foundation, the William Talbott Hillman Foundation, Inc., the Grace Jones Richardson Trust, the Jane Smith Turner Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and 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.


    Image: Zun Lee, Found Polaroid image, date and location unknown, from the series Fade Resistance, 2012–ongoing; Courtesy the artist.

  • Dec 5 - Dec 10



    Ocean Drive and 12th Street

    Miami Beach,Florida

    December 5-10. Programming details to come.

    Visit Aperture Foundation at UNTITLED, Miami Beach, an international art fair that focuses on curatorial balance and integrity across all disciplines of contemporary art. Founded in 2012, UNTITLED’s curatorial team invites galleries, artist-run exhibition spaces, and non-profit institutions to come together in an architecturally designed venue on the beach.

    For more information and to buy tickets, see here.

  • Dec 6 - Dec 9

    Art Basel Miami Beach

    Miami Beach Convention Center

    1901 Convention Center Dr

    Miami Beach,Florida

    Visit Aperture Foundation in the Magazine Sector at Art Basel Miami Beach. Pick up the Los Angeles issue of Aperture magazine, and browse a select collection of our newest books and perennial bestsellers. With over fifty thousand visitors each year, Art Basel Miami Beach offers a full program of events, including special presentations, talks and panel discussions, films, public artworks, and performances that take place throughout the city and its surrounding area.

    Thursday, December 6, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Public Days
    Thursday, December 6, 2018, 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Friday, December 7, 2018, 12 noon to 8:00 p.m.
    Saturday, December 8, 2018, 12 noon to 8:00 p.m.
    Sunday, December 9, 2018, 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.

    For more information and ticketing visit



  • Dec 14

    “I See Myself in You”: A Conversation with Deborah Willis and Hank Willis Thomas

    Express Newark

    Lecture Hall 213, 45 Halsey Street

    Newark,New Jersey

    “I See Myself in You”: A Conversation with Deborah Willis and Hank Willis Thomas
    L+M Lecture Series and Shine Portrait Studio Book Launch/Signing Event
    December 14, Friday @ 6pm Lecture Hall 213 @ Express Newark, 54 Halsey Street, Newark, NJ 07102

    Taking inspiration from the title of their family portrait, “Sometimes I See Myself In You,” Deborah Willis and Hank Willis Thomas will be the featured speakers for the fall 2018 L+M Development Partners Lecture Series at Rutgers University-Newark organized by Clement A. Price Institute. Followed by a conversation which Professor Salamishah Tillet will moderate, their lectures will address the themes of art, activism, and racial legacies as well as present from their latest projects with Shine Portrait Studio and New Arts at Express Newark and beyond.

    On the occasion of Shine Portrait Studio’s featured exhibition at Express Newark Deborah Willis, In Pursuit of Beauty: Imaging Closets in Newark and Beyond, a joint book launch event will take place immediately after the lecture. This will feature Deborah Willis’s work published by Shine, as well as a new book All Things Being Equal, by Hank Willis Thomas’s published by Aperture.
    Express Newark, is a new community-university collaborative space dedicated to exploring the role of the public arts and humanities in the continued development of Newark.

  • Dec 25 - Jan 2

    Gallery and Bookstore Closed

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street

    New York,NY