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Yutaka Takanashi, from the series Tokyo-jin (Tokyoites), 1965 
© the artist and courtesy MOMAT and DNPartcom

Tokyo Reimagined

April 27th, 2017
Yutaka Takanashi, from the series Tokyo-jin (Tokyoites), 1965 
© the artist and courtesy MOMAT and DNPartcom

As Japan’s capital transformed, Yutaka Takanashi deployed a radical style to picture urban change.

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  • Apr 29 - Apr 30

    PGH Photo Fair

    Carnegie Museum of Art Theatre

    44 Forbes Ave

    Pittsburgh,PA

    Visit Aperture at Pittsburgh’s first and only art fair promoting photography within the contemporary and fine-art market. Each year, PGH Photo Fair hosts 13 internationally known dealers and photography projects.

    Saturday, April 29
    5:30 p.m.
    Bruce Davidson – A Life in Photography

    For more info, visit www.pghphotofair.com

  • Apr 29

    Bruce Davidson – A Life in Photography

    Carnegie Museum of Art Theatre

    44 Forbes Ave

    Pittsburgh,PA

    Aperture is pleased to present in association with the PGH Photo Fair, legendary photographer Bruce Davidson in conversation with Chris Boot, Executive Director of Aperture Foundation. Bruce Davidson has pioneered innovations within documentary photography throughout his 60-year career to date, and will discuss a selection of key moments and pictures from his profound documentation of the civil rights movement to his in-depth study of one derelict block in Harlem, to his seminal series Brooklyn Gang and Subway through to his more recent projects.

    For more information, see here.

    Bruce Davidson (born in Oak Park, Illinois, 1933) is an award-winning photographer whose career spans nearly sixty years. He became a member of Magnum Photos in 1958, and received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1962, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1967 and 1980, the Lucie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Photography in 2004, and a Gold Medal of Honor Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Arts Club in 2007. His work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; and Aperture Foundation, New York.

    Image: Bruce Davidson, Brooklyn, 1959 © Bruce Davidson / Magnum Photos

  • May 5 - May 7

    1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

    Pioneer Works

    159 Pioneer Street

    Brooklyn,New York

    Visit the Aperture Pop Up in the lounge at 1:54, the leading international art fair dedicated to contemporary African art. Get a first look at Aperture’s Summer issue, “Platform Africa” and the debut of new limited-edition prints by artists featured in the issue, including Malala Andrialavidrazana, Fatoumata Diabate, Jabulani Dhlamini, Sipho Gongxeka, Nico Krijno, Musa N. Nxumalo, Mimi Cherono Ng’ ok, and Abdo Shanan.

    For more information, visit 1-54.com

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  • May 5 - May 6

    Philadelphia Art Book Fair

    Twelve 27

    1227 N. 4th Street

    Philadelphia,PA

    Friday, May 5, 2017: 12:00–8:00 p.m.
    Saturday, May 6, 2017: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    Visit Aperture at the Philadelphia Art Book Fair, co-presented by Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and The Print Center. This two-day event showcases a wide range of exhibitors, from large and small photography and art book publishers to individual artists and institutions, local, national and international.

    Entrance to the Philadelphia Art Book Fair is free, open to the public and fully accessible.

    For more information, see here.

  • May 18

    Erik Kessels at KesselsKramer London

    KK OUTLET

    42 Hoxton Square

    London,

    Join Erik Kessels at the KesselsKramer Outlet in London for a book signing of his most recent publication The Many Lives of Erik Kessels (Aperture, 2017).

    The Many Lives of Erik Kessels presents the highly anticipated first illustrated survey of this pioneering and influential curator, editor, and artist whose varied experiments with photography and photographic archives have allowed us to reconsider the medium’s vernacular and narrative possibilities in today’s inundated image landscape. “Most people consume photographs,” says Kessels, “they don’t look at them anymore.” This volume is a primer on how to look—and how to better understand the hybrid practice of this artist who defies categorization.

    For more information, visit www.kkoutlet.com

    Erik Kessels is a highly influential photography collector, curator, editor, and designer recently acclaimed for his own artistic practice. Creative director of the communications agency KesselsKramer, founded in 1995, Kessels has published over fifty books of collected images, including Missing Links (1999), The Instant Men (2000), the In Almost Every Picture series (2001–ongoing), and Wonder (2006). Since 2000, he has been an editor of the alternative photography magazine Useful Photography, and has curated exhibitions such as Loving Your Pictures (2008), 24 Hrs in Photos (2010), Album Beauty (2012), and Unfinished Father (2015). In 2011, he co-curated an exhibition called From Here On together with Martin Parr, Joachim Schmid, Clément Chéroux, and Joan Fontcuberta. In 2010, Kessels was awarded the prestigious Amsterdam Prize of the Arts, and in 2016 he was a finalist for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for his exhibition Unfinished Father.

  • May 20 - May 21

    “Stories We Tell” Testimonial Writing Workshop

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    Saturday, May 20, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Sunday, May 21, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Space is limited and applications are required for the writing workshop—submit at the latest by May 5, 2017. Please e-mail testimonial@voicesandfaces.org for further details.

    During “The Stories We Tell,” The Voices and Faces Project’s two-day testimonial writing workshop for survivors of gender-based violence and other human rights violations, participants read and discuss world- changing testimonial writing across social justice movements, while taking part in a series of innovative writing exercises.

    This is a workshop that is as purposeful as it is powerful—a way for those who have lived through or witnessed violence to use their voices to create a more just and fair world. The workshop is led by Anne K. Ream–the founder of The Voices and Faces Project and author of Lived Through This (Beacon Press, 2014), a narrative and photographic memoir of a multi-country journey spent listening to the testimonies of gender-based violence survivors–and R. Clifton Spargo, a novelist, cultural critic, and Iowa Writer’s Workshop alumnus whose work focuses on trauma, testimony, and the memory of justice.

    Part of a weekend-long collaboration between Aperture, the Ackerman Institute for the Family, and The Voices and Faces Project, presenting an intersectional approach to art-making and storytelling as vehicles to address gender-based violence and trauma, and to create social change. For more information, see here.

    Anne K. Ream is the founder of The Voices and Faces Project and the author of Lived Through This a narrative and photographic memoir of a multi-country, multi-year journey spent listening to the testimonies of gender-based violence survivors. Anne’s writing has appeared in The New Republic, the Los Angeles Times, The Cambridge Companion to Bob Dylan, Washington Post, and numerous other publications. A founding board member of Art Works for Change, which produces contemporary art exhibitions that address issues such as social justice, human rights, gender equity, and environmental sustainability, Anne is a passionate believer in media as a tool for creating social change.

    R. Clifton Spargo is a novelist and cultural critic. The author of Beautiful Fools: The Last Affair of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, he writes HI/LO, on the interplay of high and low culture, for Huffington Post. A graduate of The Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Clifton has taught creative writing at Marquette University, University of Iowa, and Yale University. His essays and reviews on literature, culture, and ethics have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Baltimore Sun, The Atlantic, Raritan, Commonweal, The Yale Review, Bookslut, The Cambridge Companion to Bob Dylan, and Chicago’s independent cultural weekly NewCity.

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    This program is made possible with the generous support of The Reba Judith Sandler Foundation.

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  • May 23

    Rowan Renee Reception and Panel Discussion

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    To RSVP please e-mail events@aperture.org

    6:00–7:00 p.m. – Cocktail Reception for Rowan Renee
    7:00 p.m. – Panel Discussion with Lois Braverman, Rowan Renee, and Mila Zuo

    Join Aperture for a cocktail reception for Rowan Renee’s Bodies of Wood exhibition and a panel discussion focused on questioning cultural narratives of gender-based violence and victimhood, the complexities of reclaiming pleasures that are intrinsically connected to pain, and the repositioning of incest and other forms of childhood sexual abuse as a structural problem that occurs within the family institution. The goal is to open up avenues for personal and cultural healing through art-making by addressing individual experiences of trauma that are connected to social stigma and taboo.

    Part of a weekend-long collaboration between Aperture, the Ackerman Institute for the Family, and The Voices and Faces Project, presenting an intersectional approach to art-making and storytelling as vehicles to address gender-based violence and trauma, and to create social change. For further information, see here.

    Rowan Renee is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work deals with gender, transgression, and the potential for violence under patriarchy. Renee has received awards from The Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Artist Fellowship, The Rema Hort Mann Foundation, The Rasmuson Foundation at the Anchorage Museum of Art, and the Jain Family Institute. Previous solo exhibitions include Z at Pioneer Works (2015)–a series of nude ambrotypes that complicate gender ambiguities and revise unrecorded queer histories–and Bodies of Wood (2016) at Peninsula Art Space. They have been profiled on NPR, in The New York Times, VICE, Guernica, Hyperallergic, among many other publications.

    Lois Braverman (LCSW) is a highly regarded educator and clinician, and President and CEO of the Ackerman Institute for the Family. She is founding editor of the Journal of Feminist Family Therapy and author of Women, Feminism and Family Therapy (The Haworth Press, 1988). Her many publications and international presentations challenge the assumptions implicit in major schools of family therapy about women’s role in the family, in the workplace, and in the psychotherapeutic setting. She was the recipient of the 1994 American Family Therapy Academy’s “Innovative Contribution to Family Therapy Award” and the 2012 University of Iowa, College of Arts and Sciences’ Distinguished Alumni Award.

    Mila Zuo is an assistant professor of Film at Oregon State University. She received her PhD in Cinema and Media Studies from UCLA, and her research interests include affect, gender, and contemporary film. Her recent scholarship appears in Journal of Chinese Cinemas and Celebrity Studies journal, with forthcoming chapters in edited volumes on Asian cinemas. As a narrative filmmaker, Zuo examines the serious and violent consumption of gendered and racialized bodies. Her short film Carnal Orient (2016) was an official selection in a dozen international film festivals and has exhibited nationally and internationally in theaters, galleries, and university classes.

    This program is made possible with the generous support of The Reba Judith Sandler Foundation.

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    Image: Rowan Renee, The room through eyes that see askew, 2016 © Rowan Renee

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  • May 24

    Annual Patron Cocktail Party

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    Aperture Members at the Patron Circle level ($1,000) or above are invited to a cocktail reception with fellow photography enthusiasts, featured guest photographer Larry Fink, Aperture trustees, and editors. The evening will include music by Larry Fink.

    Space is very limited.

    Not an Aperture Patron? Join Aperture’s Patron Circle and get closer to the best in photography.

    For more information, please contact Sarah Cottone at scottone@aperture.org or 212.946.7108.

    Larry Fink (born in Brooklyn, 1941) has been a professor at Yale University School of Art; Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture; Parsons the New School for Design; and Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Currently, he is a tenured professor of photography at Bard College. His work has been widely exhibited in the United States, including solo exhibitions at Light Gallery, New York; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

    Image: Larry Fink, George Plimpton and Devotees, Elaine’s, New York City, January 1999; from Larry Fink on Composition and Improvisation (Aperture, 2014) © Larry Fink