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May 23rd, 2018

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  • May 26 - May 28

    Gallery and Bookstore closed

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

  • May 31 - Jun 3

    Toronto Patron Weekend

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    Register by April 18, 2018

    Join or renew as a Patron Member today to receive your invitation for this trip and other exclusive events throughout the year.

    Aperture Members at the Patron Circle ($1,000) level or above are invited to travel with Aperture to Toronto, an exciting hub of contemporary, indigenous, and emerging art, from May 31 to June 3. Our Patron Travel Program’s trip itinerary includes highlights such as studio tours with Edward Burtynsky and Max Dean; private tours of the Museum of Contemporary Art in their new 55,000 square foot industrial space, Stephen Bulger Gallery, and Gallery TPW; visits to the private collections of Toronto’s most notable collectors; and much more.

    Our Toronto weekend requires a supplemental registration fee of $1,400 for individuals, or $2,800 for couples.

    The registration fee includes: two full days (Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2) of private tours of museums, studios, and collections, including transportation by charter bus or car to and from most activities; and two dinners and two lunches, plus evening cocktail events.

    For more information or to request the trip itinerary, please contact Jean Son at [email protected] or 212.946.7146. Space is very limited.

    Image: SOCAR Oil Fields #6, Baku, Azerbaijan, 2006. © Edward Burtynsky/Courtesy of Hasted Hunt Kraeutler, New York/Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto

  • Jun 2

    Gallery and Bookstore closed

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

  • Jun 2

    Zanele Muholi: Philadelphia Art Book Fair

    23rd Street Armory

    22 S 23rd St

    Philadelphia,PA

    Join Aperture at the Philadelphia Art Book Fair for an artist lecture and book signing with Zanele Muholi (Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness, Aperture 2018). The prolific visual activist will address projects surrounding a self-proclaimed mission “to re-write a black queer and trans visual history of South Africa for the world to know of our resistance and existence at the height of hate crimes in SA and beyond.” Following the talk will be a book signing.

    For more details and full Philadelphia Art Book Fair programming visit, www.phlartbookfair.com

    Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness includes one hundred self-portraits created by one of the most powerful visual activists of our time. In each of the images, Muholi drafts material props from her immediate environment in an effort to reflect her journey, explore her own image and possibilities as a black woman in today’s global society, and—most important—to speak emphatically in response to contemporary and historical rascisms. As she states, “I am producing this photographic document to encourage people to be brave enough to occupy spaces, brave enough to create without fear of being vilified. . . . To teach people about our history, to re-think what history is all about, to re-claim it for ourselves, to encourage people to use artistic tools such as cameras as weapons to fight back.”
    More than twenty curators, poets, and authors offer written contributions that draw out the layers of meaning and possible readings to accompany select images. Powerfully arresting, this collection is as much a manifesto of resistance as it is an autobiographical, artistic statement.

    Zanele Muholi (born in Umlazi, South Africa, 1972) is a visual activist and photographer, cofounder of the Forum for the Empowerment of Women, and founder of Inkanyiso, a forum for queer and visual media. Muholi has won numerous awards for her work, including the ICP Infinity Award for Documentary and Photojournalism (2016); the Fine Prize for an emerging artist at the 2013 Carnegie International; a Prince Claus Award (2013); and both the Casa África award for best female photographer and a Fondation Blachère award at Les Rencontres de Bamako biennial of African photography (2009). Her Faces and Phases series was shown at dOCUMENTA (13) and the 55th Venice Biennale and was shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2015. Muholi is an honorary professor at the University of the Arts Bremen, Germany. She is represented by Stevenson Gallery, Johannesburg, and Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York.

  • Jun 9

    Gallery and Bookstore closed

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

  • Jun 9

    Aperture Conversations: Duane Michals with Chris Boot

    John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies

    1740 Massachusetts Ave NW

    Washington,DC

    Join Aperture at Focus on the Story, for a conversation between Chris Boot (Aperture, Executive Director) and photographer Duane Michals.

    Duane Michals is a unique figure in photography. His staged sequences and stories, ranging from jokes about the nature of photography, to profound observations on human desire and frailty, (and often both), are defined by Michals’ singular voice, aesthetic and humor. Since the 1960s, his performances-for-the-camera have shaped the possibilities of photography, while his wide ranging and prolific practice includes portraiture and assignment work. In conversation with Michals, Chris Boot will explore his journey in photography, including – on the day Washington DC celebrates LGBTQ Pride, 49 years after Stonewall – his contribution to queer sensibility and culture.

    Focus on the Story: International Photo Festival celebrates the art of photography and the stories behind the images. The festival’s four days, June 7 – 10, will bring together the photography community, engaging in panel discussions, workshops, exhibits, portfolio reviews, and more.

    For more info and full festival schedule, visit: focusonthestory.com

     

  • Jun 9

    Martin Parr: Photobiography

    John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies

    1740 Massachusetts Ave NW

    Washington,DC

    Join Aperture at Focus on the Story for a talk with acclaimed Magnum photographer Martin Parr, exploring Parr’s extensive career.

    Focus on the Story: International Photo Festival celebrates the art of photography and the stories behind the images. The festival’s four days, June 7 – 10, will bring together the photography community engaging in panel discussions, workshops, exhibits, portfolio reviews, and more.

    For more info and full festival schedule, visit: focusonthestory.com

  • Jun 13

    Patron Cocktail Party

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    INVITE ONLY

    Aperture Members at the Patron ($1,000) level and up are invited to the annual Patron Cocktail Party, graciously hosted by Aperture trustee Willard Taylor and his wife, Virginia Davies, in their home.

    Not an Aperture Member? Become one today to receive an invitation to this event and participate in other exclusive gatherings year round!

    Image: Berenice Abbott, West Side Looking North from Upper 30s, New York, December 1932 © Berenice Abbott/Commerce Graphics/Getty Images

     

  • Jun 14

    In Conversation: Susan Meiselas and Bieke Depoorter

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street

    New York,NY

    This event is free for students with ID and Aperture Members at the $50 level and above.

    Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with Magnum Photos, is pleased to present a night of conversation between Susan Meiselas and Bieke Depoorter. Join us for a night filled with insight and discussion between two of Magnum’s leading female photographers.

    Meiselas and Depoorter, who both joined the agency in their early twenties, will discuss the nature of their work as documentary photographers—exploring both the challenging and rewarding aspects of this field. Both photographers are known for working intimately with their subjects, immersing themselves in new environments, and developing unique approaches in their long-term projects. Two photographers of different generations, they will discuss the changing ways in which photographers capture today’s social and political landscape in the US and worldwide. 

    The conversation will be followed by a book signing.

    Susan Meiselas (born in Baltimore, 1948) received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her MA in visual education from Harvard University. For her groundbreaking work, she has received the Robert Capa Gold Medal for her project in Nicaragua (1979); Leica Award for Excellence (1982); Engelhard Award from the Institute of Contemporary Art (1985); the Hasselblad Foundation Photography Prize (1994); Cornell Capa Infinity Award (2005); and most recently the Harvard Arts Medal (2011). In 1992, she was named a MacArthur Fellow. Meiselas joined Magnum Photos in 1976 and is a cofounder of the Magnum Foundation.

    Bieke Depoorter (born in Kortrijk, Belgium, 1986) joined Magnum Photos at the young age of
    twenty-five and became a full member in 2016. She received a master’s degree in photography at
    the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent in 2009. She has won several awards for her
    documentary projects, including the Magnum Expression Award in 2009. Her previous
    publications include Ou Menya (2012) and I am about to call it a day (2014).

    Image: Bieke Depoorter, Al-Mahalla al-Kubra, Al-Gharbiya, November 2015; from Bieke Depoorter: As it may be (Aperture, 2018). Bieke Depoorter/Magnum Photos

    Aperture Foundation’s public programs are supported, in part, by generous donations from our Board of Trustees, our members and other individuals, and from corporate foundations and private foundations including: Grace Jones Richardson Trust, the William Talbott Hillman Foundation, and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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  • Jun 16

    Gallery and Bookstore closed

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

  • Jun 23

    Gallery and Bookstore closed

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

  • Jun 27

    Member Preview of the 2018 Aperture Summer Open: The Way We Live Now

    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 cordially invited to a special exhibition preview and reception on Wednesday, June 27 for the 2018 Aperture Summer Open: The Way We Live Now.

    5:30-7:00 p.m. – Member preview and reception
    6:00 p.m. – Introductions by Brendan Embser, managing editor, Aperture magazine and exhibition curators
    7:00-8:30 p.m. – Open to the public

    How do photographs express a moment of rapid change in society, politics, beauty, and self-expression? Selected from more than one thousand submissions, the 2018 Aperture Summer Open, The Way We Live Now, features eighteen artists and photographers seeking to reckon with the currents and contradictions of life in the twenty-first century. Among the works are powerful chronicles of the crises of opioid addiction and mass incarceration; multilayered portrayals of Latinx, Native American, and queer communities; sweeping accounts of the built environment from Israel to China; and prismatic meditations on African American and diasporic culture, gender, and fashion. Together, the artists in the Summer Open are gathering evidence about how we define images and how images define our lives.

    For the full list of participating artists, see here.

    About the Aperture Summer Open

    Aperture Summer Open is an annual open-submission exhibition at Aperture Foundation’s gallery that features a wide variety of work drawn from members of our photographic community. Selected annually by a prominent curator or editor, the exhibition seeks to reveal and report on critical themes and trends driving international contemporary photographic practice. The exhibition opens the doors of the Foundation to all photographers, both well and lesser-known, as it fosters and promotes new ideas and talent.

    Aperture Foundation’s public programs and exhibitions are supported, in part, by generous donations from our Board of Trustees, our Members and other individuals, and major support from private foundations including Ford Foundation, Grace Jones Richardson Trust, Henry Luce Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and The Reba Judith Sandler Foundation, and public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislator, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

  • Jun 27

    2018 Summer Open: The Way We Live Now

    Aperture Gallery

    547 West 27th Street

    New York,N.Y.

    Join Aperture for the opening reception of the 2018 Aperture Summer Open, The Way We Live Now.

    How do photographs express a moment of rapid change in society, politics, beauty, and self-expression? Selected from more than one thousand submissions, the 2018 Aperture Summer Open, The Way We Live Now, features eighteen artists and photographers seeking to reckon with the currents and contradictions of life in the twenty-first century. Among the works are powerful chronicles of the crises of opioid addiction and mass incarceration; multilayered portrayals of Latinx, Native American, and queer communities; sweeping accounts of the built environment from Israel to China; and prismatic meditations on African American and diasporic culture, gender, and fashion. Together, the artists in the Summer Open are gathering evidence about how we define images and how images define our lives.

    Curated by Siobhán Bohnacker, senior photo editor, the New Yorker; Brendan Embser, managing editor, Aperture magazine; Marvin Orellana, photo editor, New York magazine; and Antwaun Sargent, independent writer and critic

     

    For the full list of participating artists, see here.

    About the Aperture Summer Open

    Aperture Summer Open is an annual open-submission exhibition at Aperture Foundation’s gallery that features a wide variety of work drawn from members of our photographic community. Selected annually by a prominent curator or editor, the exhibition seeks to reveal and report on critical themes and trends driving international contemporary photographic practice. The exhibition opens the doors of the Foundation to all photographers, both well and lesser-known, as it fosters and promotes new ideas and talent.

    Aperture Foundation’s public programs and exhibitions are supported, in part, by generous donations from our Board of Trustees, our Members and other individuals, and major support from private foundations including Ford Foundation, Grace Jones Richardson Trust, Henry Luce Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and The Reba Judith Sandler Foundation, and public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislator, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

  • Jul 4

    Gallery and Bookstore closed

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

  • Aug 17 - Sep 3

    Gallery and Bookstore closed

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY