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Mark McKnight’s Exuberant Tribute to Queer Tenderness

December 4th, 2019

In the male body and the physical world, an unexpected seduction.

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  • Dec 10

    Black Icons of Art: Antwaun Sargent

    The Greene Space

    44 Charlton St

    New York ,NY

    As a part of the series Black Icons of Art, hosted at The Greene Space, join Aperture and WNYC’s Rebecca Carroll for a special discussion with Antwaun Sargent. Black Icons of Art continues with an intimate and unfiltered conversation, featuring the prolific writer, curator and critic Antwaun Sargent (The New York TimesWVogue, et al). Host Rebecca Carroll will discuss his trajectory; his traveling exhibition, Young, Gifted and Black; and what lies ahead for Art in this tumultuous political climate and fast-paced digital world. 

    Click here for more information and to purchase tickets. The event is also available for live streaming.

    Antwaun Sargent is the author of Aperture’s latest title, The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion.  

    About the Series

    In Black Icons of ArtRebecca Carroll sits down with some of the art world’s most influential Black creators, thinkers and curators. Artists and critics will reflect on their creative processes, their career journeys and the unique struggles they faced breaking into the art world. Rebecca previously hosted a limited series on Black Icons of Podcasting, featuring some of the podcasting world’s most influential Black hosts and producers.

  • Dec 11

    Beyond the Shadows Book Signing

    Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

    100 The Grove Dr

    Los Angeles,California

    Talk and Book Signing with Judy Glickman Lauder

    Beyond the Shadows: The Holocaust and the Danish Exception

    Join us for an evening with Judy Glickman Lauder, whose photographs are now on exhibit in Beyond the Shadows: The Holocaust and the Danish Exception. The exhibit tells the story of Danish citizens’ rescue of the large majority of Jews residing in Denmark who were otherwise bound for transport to concentration camps. Judy Glickman Lauder will discuss her photographs and her experiences photographing Holocaust sites since the 1980s. She will sign her book, Beyond the Shadows: The Holocaust and the Danish Exception, which will be available for purchase.

    Judy Glickman Lauder grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and spent much of her childhood behind the lens of her father’s camera. She began exhibiting her work in the 1970s and received the Fellowship distinction of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain in 1993. Her photographs have been incorporated into over 300 private collections nationally and internationally.

    RSVP here.

  • 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.

  • Jan 13

    Garth Greenwell and Mark McKnight

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with Farrar, Straus and Giroux and Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, is pleased to present a conversation between acclaimed writer Garth Greenwell and photographer Mark McKnight, winner of the 2019 Aperture Portfolio Prize.

    Join us in celebrating Greenwell’s newest book, Cleanness, and McKnight’s exhibition at Aperture Gallery, on view through January 18, 2020—coinciding with his first solo show at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York, January 10–February 16, 2020. Greenwell and McKnight will speak together about the mystery and beauty of rendering queer life in words and photographs.


    Mark McKnight (born in Los Angeles, 1984) is a modern-day modernist. His black-and-white photographs of skin and sand, brick and tar, with their rich tones and sparkling light, are redolent of twentieth-century masterworks, those pictures by men like Edward Weston, who cast the world in silver-gelatin. But for McKnight, who was born in Los Angeles to a New Mexican, Hispana-identified mother, something was missing from Weston’s vision. Something that would ignite a flame of recognition in a young queer man with ideas about male beauty more expansive than the Eurocentric standard. Something that would make “straight” photography a little less straight. “McKnight challenges us to find grace in what might at first seem a graceless image, to linger on the elegance of the curves of a man’s flesh,” Greenwell writes in Aperture magazine, “to imagine, between body and shadow, a surreal pas de deux.” McKnight’s first book, Heaven is a Prison, will be published by Loose Joints in fall 2020.

    Garth Greenwell is the author of What Belongs to You (2016), which won the 2017 British Book Award for Debut Book of the Year, was longlisted for the National Book Award, and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, it was named a Best Book of 2016 by over fifty publications in nine countries, and is being translated into a dozen languages. Greenwell’s newest book, Cleanness—about an American teacher in Sofia, Bulgaria, who navigates a life transformed by the discovery and loss of love—is published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. His fiction has appeared in the New Yorker,  Paris ReviewA Public Space, and VICE, and he has written criticism for the New Yorker, London Review of Books, and New York Times Book Review, among other publications. Greenwell wrote about McKnight’s work for Aperture magazine, issue 236 (Fall 2019). He lives in Iowa City.

    The purpose of the Aperture Portfolio Prize is to highlight artists whose work deserves greater recognition and identify trends in contemporary photography. Click here for more information about the 2020 Aperture Portfolio Prize.

    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: Mark McKnight, if water forgets how to play mirror, 2018, from the series Decreation