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March 21st, 2018

When a folklorist set out to document life in American prisons, he found the enduring segregation of the Old South.

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  • Mar 22

    Looking Again: Photography at the New Orleans Museum of Art

    New Orleans Museum of Art

    One Collins C. Diboll Circle

    New Orleans,LA

    Join Aperture and the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) for a lecture with Russell Lord, Freeman Family Curator of Photographs, Prints, and Drawings, celebrating the launch his forthcoming book, Looking Again: Photography at the New Orleans Museum of Art (Aperture/NOMA, 2018). Following the discussion will be a book signing.

    For more information about the event, visit

    Looking Again is as much about photography as it is about the specific photographs reproduced within it. It is designed to provide the reader with a glimpse into both the collection at the New Orleans Museum of Art and into photography’s complexity. Through 131 objects and essays, Russell Lord explores the many histories of photography, addressing long-held beliefs and offering new ways of thinking about, and looking at, photographs. As the world moves increasingly toward an image-dependent style of communication, there has never been a better time to seriously examine our belief in or apprehension toward the photographic image. Standing on the threshold of what might be a turning point in humanity’s relationship to the photograph, this volume encourages the reader to dig deeply into photography: to look, and then look again.

    Russell Lord is the Freeman Family Curator of Photographs at the New Orleans Museum of Art. He previously held positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Yale University Art Gallery. His deepest area of expertise is the origins of photography, but he has written and lectured widely on almost every moment in the history of photography. Lord’s recent publications include Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument (2013), and contributions to Photorealism: Beginnings to Today (2014) and East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography (2017). His recent exhibitions include Photography, Sequence, and Time (2012), Ten Years Gone (2015), and Something in the Way: A Brief History of Photography and Obstruction (2016–17). Much of his research focuses on the relationships between photography and other visual media.

  • Mar 24

    Private Viewing of Foam Talent Exhibition





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    Aperture Members at the Connect ($150) level and above are invited to join us on Saturday, March 24 (4:00–6:00 p.m.) at Red Hook Labs in Brooklyn for a private viewing of Foam Talent, an exhibition featuring the work of 20 young artists, organized by Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam. The artists featured in Foam Talent use photography to investigate a myriad of historical and contemporary notions. With this exhibition and the Talent Issue, Foam Magazine puts forth its views on the current state of photography and creates a platform for introducing emerging talents under the age of 35 to the international world of photography.

    Foam‘s Artistic Deputy Director, Marcel Feil, will introduce the group to Red Hook Labs and the work in the exhibition.

    Image: From the series Kawakubo: Interpreter of Dreams, 2017 © Erik Madigan Heck


  • Mar 27

    Artist Talk: Sable Elyse Smith

    Aperture Gallery

    547 West 27th Street

    New York,N.Y.

    Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with the Photography Program at Parsons School of Design, of The New School, is pleased to present an artist talk with Sable Elyse Smith. Smith, known for her work across photography, video, poetry, and performance, calls attention to the personal consequences of mass incarceration in the United States, and how these confining structures in society invisibly shape our minds and direct our bodies. Her recent artist’s book Landscapes & Playgrounds (2017), featured in Aperture’s “Prison Nation” issue, is a meditation on the complex language and emotional landscapes embedded in a system of surveillance. Smith’s work has been presented most recently in Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon at the New Museum and in the solo exhibition Ordinary Violence at the Queens Museum in New York. She is a 2018 artist in residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

    Sable Elyse Smith is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and educator based in New York. Her practice considers memory and trauma while enacting an undoing of language. Her work has been featured at the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA PS1, the New Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, SIGNAL Gallery, Rachel Uffner Gallery, and Recess Assembly, New York; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Artists’ Television Access, San Francisco; and Birkbeck Cinema in collaboration with the Serpentine Galleries, London. Her writing has been published in Radical Teacher, Studio Magazine, and Affidavit, and she recently published her first book. Smith has received awards from Creative Capital, Fine Arts Work Center, the Queens Museum, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Rema Hort Mann Foundation, the Franklin Furnace Fund, and Art Matters. She is currently part-time faculty at Columbia University School of the Arts and visiting faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Sculpture and Extended Media department.

    Image: Sable Elyse Smith, untitled, 2017; Courtesy the artist and JTT Gallery

    Aperture magazine’s “Prison Nation” issue and the related exhibition and programs are funded, in part, with generous lead support from the Ford Foundation, as well as funding from the Reba Judith Sandler Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Grace Jones Richardson Trust, and the Board of Trustees and Members of Aperture Foundation. Additional public funds are from the National Endowment for the Arts, 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.

  • Apr 4 - Apr 8


    Pier 92 & 94

    711 12th Ave

    New York,NY

    Visit Aperture during The Photography Show, the longest-running and foremost exhibition dedicated to the photographic medium, offering a wide range of museum-quality work, including contemporary, modern, and 19th-century photographs as well as photo-based art, video, and new media.

    Saturday, April 7, 1:30–2:30 p.m.
    Panel Discussion: Future Gender
    Featuring: Zackary Drucker (guest editor of Aperture 229, “Future Gender”, Producer of the television series Transparent, Artist, and Activist); Amos Mac (Founding Publisher of Original Plumbing magazine); Nick Sethi (Artist); and Diana Tourjee (Co-Founder, Flawless Sabrina Archive and Staff Writer, Vice)

    Sunday, April 8, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
    Panel Discussion: Memory Unearthed
    Featuring: Chris Boot (Executive Director, Aperture); Michael Glickman (President and CEO, Museum of Jewish Heritage); Judy Glickman Lauder (photographer, Beyond the Shadows, Aperture 2018); Maia-Mari Sutnik (Curator Emeritus of Photography, Art Gallery of Ontario)

    Photobook Spotlight
    Thursday through Sunday, 4:00–6:00 p.m.

    Celebrating the contribution of the photobook to the evolving story of photography, Aperture will present a daily, in-person spotlight on individual books and publishers as part of AIPAD’S inaugural publisher’s area. From 4:00–6:00 p.m., Thursday through Sunday, book makers will get a brief time slot in which to introduce their book to the audience at large.

    Full programming details about the Photobook Spotlight series to come.

    For more information, visit




  • Apr 5 - Apr 8

    PhotoBook Spotlight at AIPAD

    Pier 94

    711 12th Avenue

    New York,NY

    Celebrating the contribution of the photobook to the evolving story of photography, Aperture will present a daily, in-person spotlight on individual books and publishers as part of AIPAD’S inaugural publisher’s area. From 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday through Sunday, book makers will get a brief time slot in which to introduce their book to the audience at large.

    Thursday, April 5
    4:00 p.m. – Dayanita Singh on Museum Bhavan (Steidl) 
    4:40 p.m. – Michelle Dunn Marsh on All Power: Visual Legacies of the Black Panther Party (Minor Matters Books)
    5:00 p.m. – Alison Rossiter and David Chickey on Expired Paper (Radius Books)
    5:20 p.m. – Stuart Smith on Good Sick by Jordan Baumgarten (GOST)
    5:40 p.m. – Debi Cornwall and David Chickey on Welcome to Camp America, Inside Guantánamo Bay (Radius Books)

    Friday, April 6
    4:00 p.m. – Russell Lord on Looking Again: Photography at the New Orleans Museum of Art (Aperture/NOMA)
    4:20 p.m. – Raymond Meeks on Township (TIS)
    4:40 p.m. – Valérie Belin and Julie Castellano on Valérie Belin (Damiani)
    5:00 p.m. – Jared Soares and Matt Eich on Days Before / Days After (Zatara Press)
    5:20 p.m. – Remi Onabanjo on Recent Histories: Contemporary African Photography and Video Art from The Walther Collection (Steidl)
    5:40 p.m. – Barry Stone on In a Nimble Sea (Silas Finch)

    Saturday, April 7
    4:00 p.m. – Paul Graham and Rebecca Bengal on A Shimmer of Possibility (MACK)
    4:40 p.m. – Susan Ressler on Executive Order (Daylight)
    5:00 p.m. – Kris Graves on LOST (Kris Graves Projects)
    5:20 p.m. – Kristine Potter on Manifest (TBW Books)
    5:40 p.m. – Richard Renaldi on I WANT YOUR LOVE (Super Labo)

    Sunday, April 8
    4:00 p.m. – Forest Soper from photo-eye
    4:20 p.m. – Mahtab Hussain on You Get Me? (MACK)
    4:40 p.m. – Philip Gefter on George Dureau, The Photographs (Aperture)
    5:00 p.m. – Bryan Graf on Debris of Days (Conveyor)
    5:20 p.m. – John Chiara on California (Aperture)
    5:40 p.m. – details to come









  • Apr 6

    2018 Aperture Spring Party

    Public Hotel

    215 Chrystie Street

    New York,New York

    Hosted by
    Martha Stewart
    Ginger and Stephen Shore
    Sarah Anne McNear

    Click here to purchase tickets

    VIP Host Committee Cocktails, Dinner, and Auction
    6:30–9:00 p.m.
    (Starting at $1,500)
    Sophia Room, 17th Floor

    Spring Party
    9:00–11:00 p.m.
    Performance by Zsela
    Sets by Alix Brown
    ($75 Tickets / $50 for current Aperture Members)
    Downstairs Club

    Dress: In full bloom

    (212) 946-7108/7146 or [email protected]

    The Photographer in the Garden, published by Aperture and the George Eastman Museum, considers how photographers have chosen to interpret the garden, exploring the symbolism of individual flowers, and how gardeners have shaped the landscape from famous locations, such as Versailles and Giverny, to the simplest home vegetable gardens. Coauthored by Jamie M. Allen and Sarah Anne McNear, the book unites the work of some of the most important practitioners in the history of the medium, including, among others, Eugène Atget, Edward Steichen, Imogen Cunningham, Robert Mapplethorpe, Nobuyoshi Araki, and Collier Schorr. 

    Image: Stephen Shore, Giverny, France, 1981 (detail)

  • Apr 7

    AIPAD: Future Gender


    711 12th Avenue

    New York,NY

    Buy Tickets Here

    How have trans and gender-nonconforming individuals used photography to imagine new expressions of social identity? Zackary Drucker, guest editor of Aperture magazine’s landmark issue “Future Gender,” will lead a discussion on transgender lives, histories, and communities in photography, from the 1970s-era images of performer Marlow La Fantastique to a festival in India for members of the third gender.

    Featuring Zackary Drucker, Producer of the television series Transparent, Artist, and Activist; Amos Mac, Founding Publisher of Original Plumbing magazine; Nick Sethi, Artist; and Diana Tourjee, Co-Founder, Flawless Sabrina Archive and Staff Writer, Vice.

    Click here for more information on programming at AIPAD.

  • Apr 8

    AIPAD: Memory Unearthed


    711 12th Avenue

    New York,NY

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    Chris Boot, Executive Director, Aperture; Michael Glickman, President and CEO, Museum of Jewish Heritage; Judy Glickman Lauder, photographer; Maia-Mari Sutnik, Curator Emeritus of Photography, Art Gallery of Ontario.

    In the early 1940s, photographer Henryk Ross fought the Nazis’ vision and committed acts of resistance to create a photographic record of the horrors and complexities of life in the Lodz Ghetto in Poland. Ross buried his negatives, half of which survived the war. Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross, an exhibition on view through June 24 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, reveals more than 200 of Ross’s extraordinary photographs. Exhibition curator Maia-Mari Sutnik will appear in conversation with Chris Boot, publisher of the Lodz Ghetto Album, and contemporary photographer Judy Glickman Lauder, who has devoted much of her career to documenting the evidence of Holocaust. Glickman Lauder’s new book Beyond the Shadows: the Holocaust and the Danish Exception will be published by Aperture in September 2018.

    Click here for more information on programming at AIPAD.

    Image: Judy Glickman Lauder, Birkenau Extermination Camp, Poland

    Courtesy of the artist/ © Judy Glickman Lauder

  • Apr 19

    Picturing Addiction

    The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall

    55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor, Room I-202

    New York,NY

    “Picturing Addiction” is a part of the Confounding Expectations lecture series, which is presented by Aperture Foundation, and the Photography Program of Parsons School of Design at The New School.

    As the current opioid crisis continues to make national headlines, this panel brings together three photographers who are finding new ways of depicting addiction: Nina Berman‘s decades-long project looking at the trauma of addiction and the healing potential of collaborative art; Edwin J. Torres’s photographs that show the effects of synthetic marijuana in his own community; and Graham MacIndoe‘s nuanced yet powerful series of self-portraits and environments taken during the years he was addicted to heroin and crack. At a moment when 21 million Americans struggle with addiction, photography now plays a key role in shaping our understanding of this crisis. Moderated by Paul Moakley, deputy photo editor of Time, this panel offers ways in which we can further the conversation beyond what we already know—that America is dealing with its worst addiction epidemic yet.

    Participating panelists include Nina Berman, Graham MacIndoe, and Edwin J. Torres.

    This program is supported in part, by the Grace Jones Richardson Trust and William Talbott Hillman Foundation, and by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State legislature, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and with additional support from generous individuals, including the Board of Trustees and Members of Aperture Foundation.


    Image: Graham MacIndoe, from the series Coming Clean, 2004–10

  • May 31 - Jun 3

    Toronto Patron Weekend


    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