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Along the Shores of the Caspian

October 17th, 2018

From Russia to Turkmenistan, Chloe Dewe Mathews photographed the rituals and resources of a much-coveted territory.

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  • 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 6

    The California Sunday Magazine and Aperture Foundation Present - At Home: In the American West

    Aperture Gallery

    547 West 27th Street

    New York,N.Y.

    Where do you feel most at home? In a year when thousands of migrant children have been sent to live in tent cities, rents for a San Francisco apartment average $3,750, and wildfires have destroyed entire communities, the question of how people define “home” has never felt more urgent. Some feel nostalgic about where they came from, some never left the towns they grew up in, and others couldn’t wait to leave. At Home features a variety of emerging and established photographers — including Ahndraya Parlato and Gregory Halpern, Texas Isaiah, Pixy Liao, Ricardo Nagaoka,Irina Rozovsky, Mark Steinmetz, and others — who traveled through ten states in the American West and spoke to people about what, and where, home is. The series includes a formerly homeless woman who finally feels settled in her tiny house in Seattle, a single mother who found her sanctuary living off the grid in the New Mexico desert, a couple who built their dream mansion in the mountains, a DACA recipient who has proudly purchased his first home in Utah, and a Los Angeles native who feels at peace by the ocean.

    This exhibition coincides with the publication of The California Sunday Magazine’s December special issue in which all stories will be told through photography, focusing on a single theme: Home.

    At Home is sponsored by Google Pixel, which launches the Google Pixel 3, with its most advanced camera, in the U.S. today. Google Pixel is also the exclusive photography sponsor of The California Sunday Magazine’s December issue, which will be available online at on November 29 and in print on December 2.

    Image: Teira Church, Los Angeles, CA / Photo by Texas Isaiah

    About the California Sunday Magazine

    The California Sunday Magazine publishes ambitious features and cinematic photography from across California, the West, Asia, and Latin America for a national audience. The magazine appears online at and in print, delivered with select Sunday editions of the Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle, as well as by mail to subscribers. Launched at the end of 2014, California Sunday has been a finalist for ten National Magazine Awards, including General Excellence and Magazine of the Year, and has won three — twice for Photography, in 2016 and 2017, making it the first magazine to win two years in a row in nearly three decades. In 2018, the Society of Publication Designers named California Sunday Magazine of the Year. The California Sunday Magazine is published by Pop-Up Magazine Productions, creators of Pop-Up Magazine, the popular touring live-magazine performance.

    About Aperture Foundation

    Aperture, a not-for-profit foundation, connects the photo community and its audiences with the most inspiring work, the sharpest ideas, and with each other—in print, in person, and online. Created in 1952 by photographers and writers as “common ground for the advancement of photography,” Aperture today is a multi-platform publisher and center for the photo community. From its base in New York, Aperture Foundation produces, publishes, and presents a program of photography projects and programs—locally, across the United States, and around the world.

  • 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