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Michael Jang, David Bowie Signing Autographs, 1973

Michael Jang’s American Dream

September 12th, 2019
Michael Jang, David Bowie Signing Autographs, 1973

The photographer revisits his deeply funny and idiosyncratic images of suburbs, celebrities, and California in the 1970s.

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  • Sep 16

    Artist Talk: Mark Peterson with Claudia Rankine

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    Join Aperture and the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund for a special artist talk with Mark Peterson and poet Claudia Rankine.  Recipient of the 2018 W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography, Peterson will discuss his work on the series The Past is Never Dead, and his continuing coverage of the current political scene.

    Peterson received the grant to continue his work on The Past is Never Dead, in which he photographs the modern-day Nationalism and white nationalism: looking at their traditions, symbols, and leaders; and, documenting the fight for who controls the narrative of free speech.

    Peterson’s photographs “anticipated the Trump era,” writes James Estrin on the New York Times’ Lens blog. “His stark, critical images provide a jaundiced view of American political culture and have dominated the visual coverage of the rise of the right wing since 2013.”

    Peterson grew up in Minnesota and has been working as an editorial photographer in New York for more than 30 years. He is is one of the most active and recognizable photojournalists working today, published in the New York Times, New York magazine, and TIME, among others. His latest book, Political Theatre, was published by Steidl in 2017. Peterson’s work is distinguished by its immediacy and rich, deeply saturated tones and detail.

    Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; two plays including The White Card, which premiered in February 2018 (ArtsEmerson/ American Repertory Theater) was published with Graywolf Press in 2019, and Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue; as well as numerous video collaborations. Her next publication, Just Us, is a collection of essays forthcoming with Graywolf Press in 2020. She is also the editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. In 2016, she co-founded The Racial Imaginary Institute (TRII). Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, United States Artists, and the National Endowment of the Arts. She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

    The Smith Talks is a series of presentations, often featuring past recipients of the W. Eugene Smith Grant, and a longtime collaboration between the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund and Aperture Foundation.

    Since the Smith Memorial Fund’s inception in 1979, it has awarded over $1 million to photographers whose past work and proposed projects follow the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s career as a photographic essayist. Recipients of the 2019 W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund grants will be announced during a ceremony on Thursday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd St., New York. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more information, visit smithfund.org.

    For more information about the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, contact Lou Desiderio at [email protected].

    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, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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  • Sep 17

    Aperture Conversations: Mexico City

    Americas Society

    680 Park Avenue

    New York,NY

    Free, but registration required via this link.

    Celebrating the upcoming launch of the “Mexico City” issue of Aperture magazine, three artists discuss photography in Mexico today, from the conceptual to the political. This panel will include Iñaki Bonillas on his inventive reworking of his grandfather’s archive, Pablo López Luz on his black-and-white streetscapes documenting the volcanic-stone surfaces of Mexican architecture, and Mayra Martell on her photographic homages to the families of women disappeared due to the drug wars in Ciudad Juárez. Each artist’s work is featured in the “Mexico City” issue, which illuminates the diverse image culture in North America’s largest metropolis and the ways Mexican photographers are pushing new visions in the medium.

    This event is moderated by the New York-based Mexican writer Álvaro Enrigue.

    Iñaki Bonillas (b. 1981, lives and works in Mexico City) is a conceptual artist whose work traces family and social histories through photography, video, installation, site-specific installations, and artist books. In his deeply researched exhibition projects, from interventions inside Casa Luis Barragán to collaborations with bookbinders, he pushes beyond the two-dimensional to plumb private and collective memory. His work integrates photography in a creative process wherein reality, fiction, and the fluctuating worlds of word and image all coexist. Bonillas’s work has been exhibited at major institutions and art fairs in Mexico, the United States, and Europe.

    Pablo López Luz (b. 1979, lives and works in Mexico City) has worked throughout Latin America, often focusing on the land and the built environment in cities. In 2018, he was commissioned by Museo Experimental El Eco to make a series of photographs that consider the volcanic-stone surfaces of buildings throughout Mexico City, from pre-Hispanic and colonial temples to modernist homes. His work has been exhibited internationally, collected in several monographs, and featured in numerous magazines, including Foam and Aperture.

    Mayra Martell (b. 1979, lives and works in Mexico City and Ciudad Juárez) has worked extensively, first in Juárez, her hometown, and then across Latin America, on the stories of families whose daughters have been killed or disappeared. She has also documented the mothers of people murdered by the Colombian Army and the everyday nature of drug culture in Sinaloa. Her book Ciudad Juárez was the winner of 2nd prize at the 2011 Fotobookfestival Kasel in Germany.

    Álvaro Enrigue(b. 1969, lives and works in New York) is a Mexican writer based in New York and a professor at Hofstra University. His work has appeared in theNew York Times, n+1, London Review of Books, and El País. His novel Sudden Deathwas published in English in 2017.

    Aperture thanks Centro de la Imagen, FotoMéxico, Selina High Line, and the Mexican Ministry of Culture for supporting the launch of this issue in New York.Significant support for Aperture magazine is provided by The Kanakia Foundation. Further generous support is provided in partby The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

    Image caption: Iñaki Bonillas, Adiós fotografia (Bye bye photography), Mexico City (detail), 2018

  • Sep 19 - Sep 22

    EXPO CHICAGO

    Navy Pier

    600 E Grand Ave

    Chicago,Illinois

    Friday, September 20: 11:00am – 7:00pm
    Saturday, September 21: 11:00am – 7:00pm
    Sunday, September 22: 11:00am – 6:00pm

    Visit Aperture Foundation at the Eighth International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art. EXPO CHICAGO presents artwork from leading galleries from around the world, dynamic on-site programming, panel discussions, and a curated selection of new media, film and video works.

    For more information and to buy tickets, see here.

  • Sep 20 - Sep 22

    2019 NY Art Book Fair

    MoMA PS1

    22-25 Jackson Ave. at the intersection of 46th Ave.

    Long Island City,NY

    Visit Aperture Foundation at the NY Art Book Fair at Booth O-08, for a three-day event for artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines. Exhibitors range from photography and art book publishers, small and large, to individual artists and institutions.

    Saturday, September 21, 2:00 p.m.:
    Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb signing their upcoming book Brooklyn: The City Within

    Further programming details coming soon. 

    Preview – Thursday, September 19: 6:00–9:00 p.m. (Ticketed) 
    Friday, September 20: 1:00–7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, September 21: 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
    Sunday, September 22: 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

    For more information, see visit printedmatterartbookfairs.org.

  • Sep 21

    Gallery and Bookstore Closed

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore will be closed Saturday, September 21, 2019

  • Sep 21

    Filter Photo: Sasha Wolf in conversation with Kelli Connell and Richard Renaldi

    Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel

    163 East Walton Place

    Chicago,IL

    The talk will be followed by a book signing. Books will be available for sale at the Festival. See here for more information about Filter Photo Festival. 

    Join Sasha Wolf and special guests Kelli Connell and Richard Renaldi, as they discuss Wolf’s new book PhotoWork: Forty Photographers on Process and Practice, published by Aperture (September 2019). Edited and introduced by Wolf, PhotoWork is a collection of interviews by forty photographers about their approach to making photographs and, more importantly, a sustained body of work.

    After a decade of running Sasha Wolf Gallery, Sasha Wolf now represents emerging and midcareer fine-art photographers in a private practice,.Prior to her work in the photography world, Wolf was a writer, director, and producer in the film and television industries. An award-winning filmmaker, her film Joe (1997) was nominated for the Short Film Palme d’Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.

  • Sep 26

    Judy Glickman Lauder: Beyond the Shadows at Peter Fetterman Gallery

    Peter Fetterman Gallery

    2525 Michigan Avenue Gallery A1

    Santa Monica,CA

    On view September 25-October 26, 2019.

    Peter Fetterman Gallery is pleased to present a selection of works from Judy Glickman Lauder’s recent series and publication titled Beyond the Shadows: The Holocaust and the Danish Exception (Aperture, 2018). In Beyond the Shadows, Judy Glickman Lauder responds to the Holocaust in photographs, depicting the death camps where six million Jewish people, and millions of others besides, perished during World War II. Often deploying the ghostly reversed-out effect of infrared film, her photographs are personal and expressive. They serve as contemplative spaces to reflect on the scope and horror of the Holocaust, and upon those who survived, and those who lost their lives.

    “Hatred, injustice, and genocide did not end with World War II, and evil is present with us today, in too many parts of the world. ‘“The other”’ continues to be vilified. We must challenge ourselves to step out of the confortable role of bystander, and to stand in the way of all forms of hate. We need the moral courage to act ahainst all injustice. As Edmund Burke famously warned, all that is necessary for evil to truimph in the world is for enough good people to do nothing….

    “Ultimately, this isn’t just about the Holocaust, nor about the Nazis, the Jews, and the Danes. It is about all of us: our capicity for hate and destruction, and our capacity to stand in their way and to make a difference.” ~ Judy Glickman Lauder

    VIP opening and book signing with Judy Glickman Lauder on September 25 from 6-8PM.

    RSVP Essential: [email protected]

  • Sep 27

    Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb: Brooklyn & Beyond

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    Aperture Foundation is pleased to present an artist talk with photographer couple Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, who, between the two of them, have published some nineteen books. They will present their forthcoming Aperture book, Brooklyn: The City Within, which features photographs of their home borough for the past twenty years.

    Alex has wandered throughout Brooklyn, exploring its tremendous diversity. This parallels other work he has made in the past forty years, traveling to photograph different cultures around the world—many of which are represented in the place he now calls home. Contrasting with this approach, Rebecca photographed “the green city within the city within the city.” The green spaces lie in the heart of the city—the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Green-Wood Cemetery, and Prospect Park, where Brooklynites gather from all walks of life cross paths as they find solace in nature. Together, the Webbs’ photographs of Brooklyn tell a larger American story, one that touches on immigration, community, nature, and home.

    Alex and Rebecca will present a variety of both collaborative and individual projects, including Alex’s La Calle (Aperture, 2016), a book of some thirty years of his photographs from Mexico, and Rebecca’s My Dakota (2012), an elegy for her brother, who died unexpectedly. The event will conclude with a Q&A and book signing.

    Alex Webb (born in San Francisco, 1952) has published more than fifteen books, including The Suffering of Light (Aperture, 2011) and Slant Rhymes (2017, with Rebecca Norris Webb). A Magnum Photos member since 1979, Webb received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007. His work has been shown widely, including at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

    Rebecca Norris Webb (born in Rushville, Indiana, 1956), originally a poet, often explores the complicated relationship between people and the natural world in her seven books, including Brooklyn: The City Within (Aperture, 2019, with Alex Webb), and My Dakota (2012). A 2019 NEA grant recipient, she’s exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

  • Sep 28 - Sep 29

    Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb: Finding Your Vision

    Aperture Gallery

    547 West 27th Street

    New York,N.Y.

    Do you know where you’re going next with your photography–or where it’s taking you? This intensive weekend workshop will help photographers begin to understand their own distinct way of seeing the world. It also will help photographers figure out their next step photographically–from deepening their own unique vision, to the process of discovering and making a long-term project that they’re passionate about. A workshop for serious amateurs and professionals alike, it will be taught by Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, a creative team who often edit projects and books together-including their new Aperture book, Brooklyn: The City Within.

  • Sep 28

    Gallery and Bookstore Closed

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore will be closed Saturday, September 28, 2019

  • Oct 2

    Aperture Capital Campaign Auction, presented by Christie’s

    Christie’s

    20 Rockefeller Plaza

    New York ,New York

    Internationally acclaimed artists, collectors, and gallerists have generously donated works for a special photography auction, to be presented by Christies New York on October 2, 2019. All proceeds support Aperture20/20: A Bold Vision capital campaign, directly funding Apertures purchase of a new space in Manhattan—a flexible meeting, education, and event space and HQ for its global publishing operations. 

    Aperture Lots 201–254 

    Viewings 

    September 28 (10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.)
    September 29 (1:00–5:00 p.m.)
    September 30 (10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.)
    October 1 (10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.) 

    To view a catalogue of photographs offered by Christie’s to benefit Aperture click here.

    For full details of the Christie’s sale, click here.

    Since its founding in 1952, Aperture has propelled the vision and dialogue that have shaped the course of photography, and your support will enable Aperture to serve the next generation of artists and thinkers, driving the medium forward. The auction features fifty-four lots, including photographs by Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Imogen Cunningham, Walker Evans, Nan Goldin, Todd Hido, Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, William Klein, Sally Mann, Robert Mapplethorpe, Joel Meyerowitz, Richard Misrach, Vik Muniz, Paul Outerbridge, Herb Ritts, Stephen Shore, Laurie Simmons, Paul Strand, and Hank Willis Thomas.

    Image Caption: Lot 229, Paolo Ventura, Domenica Pomeriggio, 2019. Courtesy of the artist and Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

     

     

     

  • Oct 3

    Member Preview of Audubon Mural Project: Photographs by Gail Albert Halaban

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    Not an Aperture Member? Join Aperture’s membership program to get closer to the best in photography.

    Aperture Members are invited to an exhibition preview on Thursday, October 3, from 6:00–7:00 p.m., of Audubon Mural Project: Photographs by Gail Albert Halaban.

    A collaboration between the National Audubon Society and Gitler &_____, the Audubon Mural Project has commissioned a spectrum of artists—from fine-art painters to graffiti artists—to create murals of imperiled birds, with each mural loosely based on the watercolors of John James Audubon, the pioneering nineteenth-century ornithologist. The murals are sited in and around the Washington Heights neighborhood, where John James Audubon lived and worked.

    In 2019, at the initiative of Jill Fairchild, the artist Gail Albert Halaban was commissioned to document a selection of these murals before—given the transient nature of street art—they begin to fade or disappear. Albert Halaban’s resulting photographs place the murals within the context of the community. The photographs, like the murals themselves, serve to remind us that birds and people coexist, and that we both need a healthy environment in order to survive.

    6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Member preview reception

    6:30 p.m. Remarks

    7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Public opening

     

    Works featured in this exhibition are available for sale, with proceeds benefiting the National Audubon Society and supporting Aperture’s publishing and public programs.

    For more information about the Audubon Mural Project or to sponsor a future bird mural, visit audubon.org/amp.

    This exhibition is made possible with the generous support of Jill Fairchild.

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  • Oct 3

    Audubon Mural Project: Photographs by Gail Albert Halaban

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    Join Aperture for the opening reception of Audubon Mural Project: Photographs by Gail Albert Halaban.

    A collaboration between the National Audubon Society and Gitler &_____, the Audubon Mural Project has commissioned a spectrum of artists—from fine-art painters to graffiti artists—to create murals of imperiled birds, with each mural loosely based on the watercolors of John James Audubon, the pioneering nineteenth-century ornithologist. The murals are sited in and around the Washington Heights neighborhood, where John James Audubon lived and worked.

    In 2019, at the initiative of Jill Fairchild, the artist Gail Albert Halaban was commissioned to document a selection of these murals before—given the transient nature of street art—they begin to fade or disappear. Albert Halaban’s resulting photographs place the murals within the context of the community. The photographs, like the murals themselves, serve to remind us that birds and people coexist, and that we both need a healthy environment in order to survive.

    Works featured in this exhibition are available for sale, with proceeds benefiting the National Audubon Society and supporting Aperture’s publishing and public programs.

    For more information about the Audubon Mural Project or to sponsor a future bird mural, visit audubon.org/amp.

    This exhibition is made possible with the generous support of Jill Fairchild.

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  • Oct 6

    Aperture Connect Council: Dia:Beacon Guided Tour

    Dia:Beacon

    3 Beekman Street

    Beacon,New York

    CONNECT COUNCIL MEMBER EVENT

    Not an Aperture Connect Council MemberJoin Connect Council today to receive an invitation to tour Dia: Beacon, as well as other special gatherings year round!

    Aperture Connect Council Members are invited to a day trip to Dia:Beacon. Join a guided-museum tour of the Dia:Beacon collection with work by Donald Judd, Louise Lawler, Louise Bourgeois, John Chamberlain, and Dan Flavin.

    In May 2003, Dia Art Foundation opened Dia:Beacon on the banks of the Hudson River in Beacon, New York, in a former Nabisco box-printing factory. The museum showcases Dia’s collection of art from the 1960s to the present, as well as special exhibitions and public programs.

    Image: Dan Flavin, gold, pink and red, red, 1964. © Stephen Flavin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Bill Jacobson Studio, New York.

     

  • Oct 10

    Tour with Vik Muniz

    Sikkema Jenkins & Co

    533 West 22nd Street

    New York,NY

    Invitation Only

    Aperture invites members at the Benefactor Circle level ($2,500) and up to breakfast and a tour of Vik Muniz’s Pictures of Paint with introduction by Aperture’s creative director, Lesley A. Martin, followed by coffee and pastries.

    An American artist of Brazilian origin, Vik Muniz has come to stand out as one of the most articulate and innovative artists of his generation, working with images of chocolate sauce, spaghetti marinara, or the detritus of hole punchers. In doing so, he has carved out a unique niche within contemporary photography: one of trickster and philosopher as well as creator of compelling, delightful images.

    Not a Benefactor Circle MemberJoin today to receive an invitation for you and a guest to attend our October 10th breakfast and other events throughout the year. For further assistance, contact Kodie-Ann Walcott at 212.946.7108 or [email protected]

    Image: Vik Muniz, Glares, Handmade, 2019Works on paper, prints and multiples, inkjet print. Courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

     

     

  • Oct 14

    Gallery and Bookstore Closed

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street

    New York,NY

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore will be closed Monday, October 14, 2019.

  • Oct 15

    Elinor Carucci, Paul Graham, and Gus Powell in conversation with Sasha Wolf

    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 The New School’s Parsons School of Design, is pleased to present a conversation between photographers Elinor Carucci, Paul Graham, and Gus Powell, moderated by curator and lecturer Sasha Wolf.

    Join us for a night discussing Wolf’s forthcoming book, PhotoWork, a collection of interviews by forty photographers—including Carucci, Graham, and Powell—about their approach to making photographs and, more importantly, a sustained body of work. Wolf was inspired to seek out and assemble responses to specific questions after hearing from countless young photographers that they often feel adrift in their own practice, wondering if they are doing it the “right” way. The responses, from both established and emerging photographers, reveal that there is no single path. The evening will delve into Carucci, Graham, and Powell’s answers from the book and the ways in which they each approach their photographic practice.

     

    After a decade of running Sasha Wolf Gallery, Sasha Wolf now represents emerging and midcareer fine-art photographers in a private practice,.Prior to her work in the photography world, Wolf was a writer, director, and producer in the film and television industries. An award-winning filmmaker, her film Joe (1997) was nominated for the Short Film Palme d’Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.

    Elinor Carucci graduated from Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design with a degree in photography in 1995 and moved to New York the same year. Since then, she has been awarded an International Center of Photography Infinity Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, and New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship. Carucci has published four monographs to date: Closer (2002), Diary of a Dancer (2005), Mother (2013), and Midlife (2019). She teaches in the graduate photography program at the School of Visual Arts.

    British photographer Paul Graham lives and works in New York. Over the past three decades, he has produced thirteen distinct bodies of work and published dedicated monographs for nearly every series, including the twelve-volume a shimmer of possibility (2007), which received the 2011 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Award for the best photobook published in the previous fifteen years. Graham is the recipient of numerous honors and grants, including the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize and the Hasselblad Award. He has a degree and an honorary doctorate, but is self-taught in photography.

    Gus Powell attended Oberlin College, where he studied comparative religion. His books include The Company of Strangers (2003), The Lonely Ones (2015), and FAMILY CAR TROUBLE (2019). He is a member of the street photographers’ collective In-Public and is on the faculty of the MFA photography, video, and related media department at the School of Visual Arts.

    cover of the book Photo Work by Sasha Wolf

    Click here to learn more about Photo Work: Forty Photographers on Process and Practice 

    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, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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    Image: Paul Graham, Woman Smoking Cigarette, Belfast, 1988, from New Europe; © Paul Graham

  • Oct 19 - Oct 20

    Drew Nikonowicz: Building Your Own 4x5 View Camera

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street

    New York,NY

    Join photographer Drew Nikonowicz for a two-day workshop intended for photographers interested in learning about large format photography, while building their own 4×5 – courtesy of Standard Cameras. This DIY approach will lead to a deeper understanding of image-making both inside and outside the camera. Regardless of your background, this workshop will leave you with all the knowledge and tools you need to successfully shoot with a large format camera. Drew founded Standard Cameras in 2018 as a platform to empower photographers everywhere to improve their skills through affordable equipment and valuable educational content.

    Participants will begin by assembling their own Standard 4×5 as a group, while familiarizing themselves with their new 4×5. After assembly is complete, they will have an opportunity to practice making photographs with both a standard film back and Polaroid film back. Large format is a slow process, which forces the user to focus on each image in a radically different way. With Drew’s guidance, participants will receive advice on how to approach image-making with large format through hands-on practice, and later discussions on compositional and conceptual considerations while shooting. Participants will take home a hand-made Standard 4×5, several Polaroid photographs, and information on large format equipment.

    Drew Nikonowicz (born in St. Louis, Missouri, 1993) earned a BFA degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2016. His work employs analog photographic processes as well as computer simulations to deal with exploration and experience in contemporary culture. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally. In 2015 he received the Aperture Portfolio Prize and the Lenscratch Student Prize. In 2017 Nikonowicz completed a one-year residency at Fabrica Research Centre. He now lives and works in the United States in Saint Louis, Missouri as an artist and owner of the company Standard Cameras. His first photobook, This World and Others Like It, was co-published by Yoffy Press and Fw:Books in 2019.

  • Oct 21

    Books with Friends: The New Black Vanguard with Antwaun Sargent at NeueHouse

    Neuehouse Madison Square

    110 East 25th Street

    New York,NY

    Monday, October 21
    6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    RSVP REQUIRED (details to follow)

    Join Aperture and Airbnb Magazine for a cocktail and conversation featuring The New Black Vanguard author Antwaun Sargent and artist contributors Tyler Mitchell and Jamal Nxedlana at NeueHouse on Monday, October 21. Sargent and contributors will talk about their work, the international scope of black artists working today, and sign copies of the newly released book.

    In The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion, curator and critic Antwaun addresses a radical transformation taking place in fashion and art today. The work included opens up the conversations around the role of the Black body and Black lives as subject; collectively, these fifteen artists celebrate Black creativity and the cross-pollination between art, fashion, and culture in constructing an image. Their work may be seen as a form of visual activism seeking to challenge the idea that blackness is homoegenous. It’s a perspective often seen from this loose movement of emerging talents who are creating photography in vastly different contexts —New York and Johannesburg, Lagos and London. The results — often made  in collaboration with black stylists and fashion designers — present new perspectives on the medium of photography and notions of race and beauty, gender and power.

    The New Black Vanguard is presented in partnership with Airbnb Magazine.

     

     

  • Oct 24

    Member Preview of The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion, Curated by Antwaun Sargent

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street

    New York,NY

    Not an Aperture Member? Join Aperture’s membership program to get closer to the best in photography.

    Aperture Members are invited to an exhibition preview on Thursday, October 24, from 6:00–7:00 p.m., for the opening of The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion.

    6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Member preview reception
    7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Public opening

    The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion
    Curated by Antwaun Sargent

    Photographs by Campbell Addy, Arielle Bobb-Willis, Micaiah Carter, Awol Erizku, Nadine Ijewere, Quil Lemons, Namsa Leuba, Renell Medrano, Tyler Mitchell, Jamal Nxedlana, Daniel Obasi, Ruth Ossai, Adrienne Raquel, Dana Scruggs, and Stephen Tayo.

    The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion presents fifteen artists, whose vibrant portraits and conceptual images fuse the genres of art and fashion photography in ways that break down long-established boundaries. Their work has been widely consumed in traditional lifestyle magazines, ad campaigns, and museums, as well as on their individual social-media channels, reinfusing the contemporary visual vocabulary around beauty and the body with new vitality and substance. The images open up conversations around the roles of the black body and black lives as subject matter; collectively, they celebrate black creativity and the cross-pollination between art, fashion, and culture in constructing an image. Seeking to challenge the idea that blackness is homogenous, the works serve as a form of visual activism. It’s a perspective often seen from this loose movement of emerging talents, who are creating photography in vastly different contexts—New York and Johannesburg, Lagos and London. The results—often made in collaboration with black stylists and fashion designers—present new perspectives on the medium of photography and the notions of race and beauty, gender and power.

    This exhibition includes selected works from groundbreaking contemporary photographers. The framed work sits alongside vitrines of publications, past and present, that contextualize these images and chart the history of inclusion, and exclusion, in the creation of the commercial black image, while simultaneously proposing a brilliantly reenvisioned future.

    Antwaun Sargent is an independent writer, curator, and critic, whose work has been published in the New Yorker, New York Times, W, Vogue, VICE, and various museum catalogues, among other publications.

    This exhibition is presented in partnership with Airbnb Magazine.

    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, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

    The publication The New Black Vanguard is presented in partnership with Airbnb Magazine.

  • Oct 24

    Opening Reception of The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion, Curated by Antwaun Sargent

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street

    New York,NY

    Join Aperture on Thursday, October 24, from 7:00–8:30 p.m., for the opening of The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion.

    The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion
    Curated by Antwaun Sargent

    Photographs by Campbell Addy, Arielle Bobb-Willis, Micaiah Carter, Awol Erizku, Nadine Ijewere, Quil Lemons, Namsa Leuba, Renell Medrano, Tyler Mitchell, Jamal Nxedlana, Daniel Obasi, Ruth Ossai, Adrienne Raquel, Dana Scruggs, and Stephen Tayo.

    The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion presents fifteen artists, whose vibrant portraits and conceptual images fuse the genres of art and fashion photography in ways that break down long-established boundaries. Their work has been widely consumed in traditional lifestyle magazines, ad campaigns, and museums, as well as on their individual social-media channels, reinfusing the contemporary visual vocabulary around beauty and the body with new vitality and substance. The images open up conversations around the roles of the black body and black lives as subject matter; collectively, they celebrate black creativity and the cross-pollination between art, fashion, and culture in constructing an image. Seeking to challenge the idea that blackness is homogenous, the works serve as a form of visual activism. It’s a perspective often seen from this loose movement of emerging talents, who are creating photography in vastly different contexts—New York and Johannesburg, Lagos and London. The results—often made in collaboration with black stylists and fashion designers—present new perspectives on the medium of photography and the notions of race and beauty, gender and power.

    This exhibition includes selected works from groundbreaking contemporary photographers. The framed work sits alongside vitrines of publications, past and present, that contextualize these images and chart the history of inclusion, and exclusion, in the creation of the commercial black image, while simultaneously proposing a brilliantly reenvisioned future.

    Antwaun Sargent is an independent writer, curator, and critic, whose work has been published in the New Yorker, New York Times, W, Vogue, VICE, and various museum catalogues, among other publications.

    This exhibition is presented in partnership with Airbnb Magazine.

    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, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

    The publication The New Black Vanguard is presented in partnership with Airbnb Magazine.

  • Oct 29

    Joel Meyerowitz: Provincetown

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    In celebration of the forthcoming title Provincetown, Aperture is pleased to present an artist talk and book signing with Joel Meyerowitz.

    Throughout the late 1970s and early ’80s, Meyerowitz spent his summers in Provincetown Massachusetts—a safe haven for the queer community and getaway for artists—roaming the seaside with an 8-by-10 camera, making exquisite, sharply observed portraits of families, couples, children, artists, and other denizens of the progressive community. In this work, a cast of characters appears and reappears from season to season against a backdrop of sea, sand, and sun. Provincetown collects one hundred portraits, most never-before published, bringing viewers into an idyllic world of self-styled individualism.

    Joel Meyerowitz (born in New York, 1938) is an award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in over 350 exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world. He is a two-time Guggenheim Fellow, a recipient of both National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities awards, and a recipient of the Deutscher Fotobuchpreis. Meyerowitz has published thirty books. He lives in Italy.

     

    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, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

     

    Image: Joel Meyerowitz, Renee, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 1981; from Joel Meyerowitz: Provincetown (Aperture, 2019); © Joel Meyerowitz

  • Nov 7 - Nov 10

    2019 Paris Photo Patron Program

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    Aperture Members at the Patron Circle ($1,000) level or above 

    Join Aperture Foundation in Paris November 7-10, 2019, for the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards and the 2019 edition of Paris Photo,the leading international art fair dedicated to the photographic medium.

    As an Aperture Trustee or Patron Member traveling to Paris, you will be provided the highest Collector’s Circle access to Paris Photo, the world’s leading fair on photography, as well as invitations to activities curated by Aperture editors, including studio visits with artists Samuel Gratacap and Mohamed Bourouissa; a private exhibition tour with artist Malala Andrialavidrazana, featured in the “Platform Africa” issue of Aperture magazine; an exclusive preview of the French fashion designer agnès b.’s forthcoming gallery and concept space; champagne viewing of photographic work at David Zwirner Paris; and invitations to a celebratory cocktail and four-course dinner by chef Bertrand Grébaut at Septime, and a welcome cocktail gathering hosted by Aperture Board Chair Cathy Kaplan at Le Meurice.

    Space is very limited. Reserve your spot today!

    An Aperture membership (valid through November 10, 2019) at the Patron Circle($1,000), Benefactor Circle($2,500), or Paul Strand Circle($5,000) level is required to participate in any of the Aperture-organized activities in Paris.

    *A participation fee ($385 for one Patron Member; or $725 for two Patron Members) is required. Aperture has also reserved a block of rooms (November 4–10) at a special rate at Hotel Le Meurice (228 rue de Rivoli).

    Contact Kodie-Ann at [email protected]ture.org or 212.946.7108 for more details on the trip and Aperture’s Patron Program.

     

     

  • Nov 7 - Nov 10

    Paris Photo

    Grand Palais

    21 Avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    Paris,

    Visit Aperture during the 23rd 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. See here for more information and to purchase tickets.

    Further programming details coming soon. 


    Friday, November 8

    1:00 p.m. — Announcement of the Winners for the 2019 Paris Photo—Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards

  • Nov 13

    Miguel Rio Branco - Maldicidade

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    Join TASCHEN and the Consulate General of Brazil at Aperture for the launch of Miguel Rio Branco’s latest book, Maldicidade (TASCHEN, 2019). The evening will consist of an artist talk with Rio Branco followed by a book signing.

    In Maldicidade, the city never sleeps. By dawn or dusk, in New York, Havana, Tokyo, or Salvador, Brazil, it is an environment fraught with yearning, aching with solitude, and fretful with fortunes never made. This searing urban portrait from Rio Branco draws upon his itinerant early years, as the son of diplomats, to reveal the common threads of struggle and loneliness in metropolises around the world. Rio Branco focuses his camera on the city’s refuse and margins—on that which it has thrown away and on those it has cast aside and disappointed. In stark frames or soft impressions, it is street sleepers, beggars, prostitutes, stray dogs, smashed cars, and shattered glass that characterize his urban impressions.

    Born in Las Palmas, Spain, Miguel Rio Branco is a Brazilian and French photographer, painter, filmmaker, and multimedia artist based in Araras, Rio de Janeiro. His work is featured in leading museum collections around the world—including the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Centre Pompidou—and has been exhibited at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; Bienal de São Paulo; and Aperture Foundation, New York, among other institutions. Rio Branco’s awards and prizes include the Prix du Livre Photo at the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles, Prix Kodak de la Critique Photographique, and International Critics’ Award at the 1982 Lille Documentary Festival.

  • Nov 19

    Aperture Conversations: The New Black Vanguard

    The New School, Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall

    66 W 12 Street

    New York,NY

    Celebrating the forthcoming Aperture title The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion, this conversation will address the radical transformation taking place in fashion and art today. The featuring of the black figure and black runway and cover models in the media and art has been a marker of increasingly inclusive fashion and art communities. In the book, curator and critic Antwaun Sargent opens up the conversation around the role of the black body in the marketplace; the cross-pollination between art, fashion, and culture in constructing an image; and the institutional barriers that have historically been an impediment to black photographers participating more fully in the fashion (and art) industries.

    The panel will include Antwaun Sargent and photographers and New School alumni Quil Lemons and Renell Medrano. The event will be moderated by educator Kimberly Jenkins.

    This conversation is presented by Aperture Foundation and the Photography Program of Parsons School of Art and Design at The New School.

    Kimberly Jenkins is an educator who specializes in the sociocultural and historical influences behind why we wear what we wear, specifically addressing how politics, psychology, race, and gender shape the way we “fashion” our identity. Based in New York, with a background in cultural anthropology and art history, she is a lecturer at Parsons School of Art and Design. In Fall 2016, Kim debuted the undergraduate course Fashion and Race, examining the implications of the social construct of race in fashion history, business, and image-making. In Spring 2019, Kim worked as an education consultant for Gucci to support their efforts on cultural awareness and sensitivity.

    Antwaun Sargent is an independent writer, curator, and critic whose work has been published in the New Yorker, New York Times, W, Vogue, VICE, and various museum catalogues, among other publications.

     

    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, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

    Image: Quil Lemons, New York, 2017, from The New Black Vanguard (Aperture, 2019); © Quil Lemons

  • Nov 21

    Member Preview of Mark McKnight: 2019 Portfolio Prize Winner and the Paris Photo - Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Shortlist

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    Not an Aperture Member? Join Aperture’s membership program to get closer to the best in photography.

    Aperture Members are invited to an exhibition preview on Thursday, November 21, from 6:00–7:00 p.m., for the 2019 Portfolio Prize Winner Mark McKnight’s exhibition, and the 2019 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Shortlist. Mark McKnight’s black-and-white images of bodies and landscapes challenge Eurocentric ideas about male beauty—and aim to make “straight” photography a little less straight. The PhotoBook Awards Shortlist comprises thirty-five volumes, celebrating the book’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography.

    6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Member preview reception

    6:30 p.m. Remarks

    7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Public opening

     

    Mark McKnight (born in Los Angeles, 1984) was born to a New Mexican mother who struggled with their Southwestern, diasporic roots. In turn, McKnight grappled with reconciling his own identity, both as a mixed-race person of color and as a gay man—particularly one who neither exemplified nor desired the idealized, Eurocentric cultural standard of male beauty that is perpetuated even within gay culture. Since McKnight was raised in an environment that privileges white, heterosexual masculinity, his work operates as a site of resistance to those values. McKnight completed a Fulbright Scholarship in Finland in 2009, and he has also completed artist residencies at Storm King Art Center (2017) and Light Work (2019). In 2018 McKnight gave the first in a series of public lectures titled “Queer Eye,” in which he confronted the shortsighted legacy of “straight,” modernist photographic practice while proposing a queered historical revision; that same year he held two solo exhibitions that received favorable national reviews. His work was the subject of both a two-person gallery exhibition at Roger’s Office in Los Angeles and a multi-museum survey and catalogue. His most recent group exhibition, Close to Home (Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, 2019), dealt with the themes of identity and abstract narrative. His work is currently represented by James Harris, Seattle.

     

    About the Aperture Portfolio Prize

    The purpose of the Aperture Portfolio Prize is to identify high-quality work by new voices in contemporary photography. When choosing the first-prize winner and runners-up, Aperture’s editorial and curatorial staff look for innovative bodies of work that haven’t been widely seen in major publications or exhibition venues.

    The Portfolio Prize is open to Aperture magazine print subscribers and to Aperture Members at the $250 Friend level or above. For more information about the prize, visit aperture.org/portfolio-prize.

     

    About The PhotoBook Awards

    The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards, celebrates the book’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography. Initiated in November 2012 by Aperture Foundation and Paris Photo, the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography, with three major categories: First PhotoBook, PhotoBook of the Year, and Photography Catalogue of the Year.

     

    Image: Mark McKnight, Bodyfold, 2018; from the series Decreation

     

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

  • Nov 21

    Mark McKnight: 2019 Portfolio Prize Winner and the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Shortlist

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    Join Aperture for the opening receptions of both the 2019 Portfolio Prize Winner Mark McKnights’s exhibition and the 2019 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Shortlist. Mark McKnight’s black-and-white images of bodies and landscapes challenge Eurocentric ideas about male beauty—and aim to make “straight” photography a little less straight. The PhotoBook Awards Shortlist comprises thirty-five volumes, celebrating the book’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography.

    Mark McKnight (born in Los Angeles, 1984) was born to a New Mexican mother who struggled with their Southwestern, diasporic roots. In turn, McKnight grappled with reconciling his own identity, both as a mixed-race person of color and as a gay man—particularly one who neither exemplified nor desired the idealized, Eurocentric cultural standard of male beauty that is perpetuated even within gay culture. Since McKnight was raised in an environment that privileges white, heterosexual masculinity, his work operates as a site of resistance to those values. McKnight completed a Fulbright Scholarship in Finland in 2009, and he has also completed artist residencies at Storm King Art Center (2017) and Light Work (2019). In 2018 McKnight gave the first in a series of public lectures titled “Queer Eye,” in which he confronted the shortsighted legacy of “straight,” modernist photographic practice while proposing a queered historical revision; that same year he held two solo exhibitions that received favorable national reviews. His work was the subject of both a two-person gallery exhibition at Roger’s Office in Los Angeles and a multi-museum survey and catalogue. His most recent group exhibition, Close to Home (Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, 2019), dealt with the themes of identity and abstract narrative. His work is currently represented by James Harris, Seattle.

    About the Aperture Portfolio Prize

    The purpose of the Aperture Portfolio Prize is to identify high-quality work by new voices in contemporary photography. When choosing the first-prize winner and runners-up, Aperture’s editorial and curatorial staff look for innovative bodies of work that haven’t been widely seen in major publications or exhibition venues.

    The Portfolio Prize is open to Aperture magazine print subscribers and to Aperture Members at the $250 Friend level or above. For more information about the prize, visit aperture.org/portfolio-prize.

    About The PhotoBook Awards

    The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards, celebrates the book’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography. Initiated in November 2012 by Aperture Foundation and Paris Photo, the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography, with three major categories: First PhotoBook, PhotoBook of the Year, and Photography Catalogue of the Year.

    Image: Mark McKnight, Bodyfold, 2018; from the series Decreation

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

  • Nov 27

    Gallery and Bookstore Close Early

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street

    New York,NY

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore will be closing at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.

  • Nov 28 - Dec 1

    Gallery and Bookstore Closed

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street

    New York,NY

  • Dec 24

    Gallery and Bookstore Close Early

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street

    New York,NY

    Aperture Foundation Gallery and Bookstore will be closing at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24, 2019.

  • Dec 25 - Jan 2

    Gallery and Bookstore Closed

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street

    New York,NY

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore will be closed for the Holidays starting December 25, 2019. We will reopen Thursday, January 2, 2020.

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