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Zanele Muholi On Resistance

September 13th, 2018

In an interview, the visual activist speaks about courage, rethinking history, and the politics of exclusion.

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  • Sep 19 - Sep 21

    Gallery Closed, Bookstore Open

    Aperture Gallery

    547 West 27th Street

    New York,N.Y.

    Please note, from September 19 – 21, 2018 Aperture’s main gallery space will be closed. The Bookstore will remain open during this time.

  • Sep 19

    Collection Visit: Edward Grazda




    Aperture Members at the Connect ($150) level are invited to a collection visit to the Manhattan home of Edward Grazda.

    Photographer, author, and publisher Edward “Ed” Grazda was recently featured in the PhotoBook Review, highlighting Grazda’s extensive photobook collection. His works have appeared in the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, DoubleTake, and Granta and are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Public Library, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and MoMA, among others.

    Space is limited. Please RSVP by September 12 to [email protected].

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

    Image: Edward Grazda, Mean Streets NYC 1970-1985 © Edward Grazda

  • Sep 20 - Sep 23

    NY Art Book Fair

    MoMA PS1

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

    Long Island City,NY

    Preview – Thursday, September 20: 6:00–9:00 p.m. (Ticketed) 
    Friday, September 21: 1:00–7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, September 22: 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
    Sunday, September 23: 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

    Visit Aperture Foundation at the thirteenth annual NY Art Book Fair, 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.

    Friday, September 21, 5:30 p.m.:
    2018 Paris Photo—Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Shortlist Announcement
    Basement Theatre at MoMA PS1

    Further programming details coming soon. 

    For more information, see visit

  • Sep 21 - Sep 23



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    Friday, September 21: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Saturday, September 22: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Sunday, September 23: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Visit Aperture at booth #38 during Unseen, an international photography fair focused on undiscovered photography talent and underknown work by established photographers.

    Living Room Panel Series:
    Friday, September 21: Elements of Style
    Saturday, September 22: Film & Foto
    Sunday, September 23: Pictures in Print

    For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

  • Sep 21

    UNSEEN Living Room: Elements of Style


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    Join leading photographers, writers and editors as they discuss the evolving language of fashion photography and how it can address complex questions of representation, from colonial legacies to queer histories, and other concerns beyond the sartorial.

    Alistair O’Neill (Professor of Fashion History and Theory, Central Saint Martins) in conversation with Awol Erizku (visual artist), Chiara Nonino (Editor, Vogue Italia) and Lou Stoppard (writer, curator and broadcaster).

    Co-curated this year by Futures and Aperture, the Living Room at UNSEEN aims to ignite fresh conversations on the most pressing themes in contemporary image-making. The Living Room is an Unseen Foundation initiative.

    Related Panels:
    Saturday, September 22: Film & Foto
    Sunday, September 23: Pictures in Print

    Image: Awol Erizku, Girl with a Bamboo Earring, 2009

  • Sep 21

    2018 Paris Photo—Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Shortlist Announcement

    Basement Theatre at MoMA PS1

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

    Long Island City,NY

    Join Aperture in the Basement Theater at the New York Art Book Fair for the announcement of the 2018 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Shortlist, to celebrate the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography. Showcasing the best recently published books across three major categories: First PhotoBook, PhotoBook of the Year, and Photography Catalogue of the Year. The 2018 shortlist jury includes Lesley Martin (Creative Director, Aperture Foundation and publisher of The PhotoBook Review), Christophe Wiesner (Artistic Director, Paris Photo), Kristen Lubben (Executive Director, Magnum Foundation)Yasufumi Nakamori (incoming Senior Curator of Photography, Tate Modern), and Lucy Gallun (Associate Curator, The Museum of Modern Art). The jury will speak briefly about the current State of the PhotoBook in advance of announcing the thirty-five books short-listed for award consideration.

    For more information about the call, see here.

  • Sep 22

    UNSEEN Living Room: Film & Foto


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    Starting in the early twentieth century, photography and the moving image have an intimate and intertwined history as filmmakers and photographers drew inspiration from one another. Witness a conversation between artists that utilise both mediums, as they delve into the symbiotic relationship between the two most influential mediums of contemporary art.

    David Campany (Writer, Curator and Artist) in conversation with Wendy McMurdo (Visual Artist) and Paulien Oltheten (Visual Artist)

    Co-curated this year by Futures and Aperture, the Living Room at UNSEEN aims to ignite fresh conversations on the most pressing themes in contemporary image-making. The Living Room is an Unseen Foundation initiative.

    Related Panels:
    Friday, September 21: Elements of Style
    Sunday, September 23: Pictures in Print

  • Sep 23

    UNSEEN Living Room: Pictures in Print


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    How does magazine design help create a meaningful conversation around images? How do art directors and editors create compelling contexts for photography? These questions form the starting point for this discussion on contemporary magazine design and photography.

    Michael Famighetti (Editor, Aperture magazine) in conversation with Paul Gorman (writer), Veronica Ditting (Art Director, The GentleWoman) and Salvatore Vitale (Editor, YET magazine).

    Co-curated this year by Futures and Aperture, the Living Room at UNSEEN aims to ignite fresh conversations on the most pressing themes in contemporary image-making. The Living Room is an Unseen Foundation initiative.

    Related Panels:
    Friday, September 21: Elements of Style
    Saturday, September 22: Film & Foto

  • Sep 24

    Zanele Muholi at MICA

    Maryland Institute College of Art

    Lazarus Center Auditorium, L 115


    Aperture Foundation and Maryland Institute College of Art are pleased to present an artist talk with Zanele Muholi.

    Zanele Muholi is a South African visual activist. For over a decade Muholi has documented black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people’s lives in various townships in South Africa. Responding to the continuing discrimination and violence faced by the LGBTI community, in 2006 Muholi embarked on an ongoing project, Faces and Phases, in which Muholi depicts black lesbian and transgender individuals. These arresting portraits are part of Muholi’s contribution towards a more democratic and representative South African homosexual history. In a more recent ongoing series, MaID (My Identity) or, read differently, “maid”, Muholi becomes both the participant and the image-maker, as they turn the camera on themself. Experimenting with different characters and archetypes, Muholi’s self-portraits reference specific events in South Africa’s political history. Through exaggerating the darkness of Muholi’s skin tone, Muholi reclaims their blackness, and offsets the culturally dominant images of black women in the media today.

    Solo exhibitions have taken place at institutions including the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam / Autograph ABP, London: the Mead Art Museum, Amherst / Gallatin Galleries, New York; Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool / Brooklyn Museum, New York / Kulturhistorek Museum, Oslo / Einsteinhaus, Ulm; Schwules Museum, Berlin / and Casa Africa, Las Palmas.

    Muholi’s work is included in the collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts / the Brooklyn Museum / the Carnegie Museum of Art / the Guggenheim Museum / the Museum of Modern Art New York / the San Francisco Museum of Art / the Tate Modern, London / the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and others.

    Muholi lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    Image by: Zanele Muholi, Bester I, Mayotte, 2015; from Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness (Aperture, 2018) © Zanele Muholi, courtesy of Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town/Johannesburg, and Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York

    This artist talk is sponsored by:
    Undergraduate Photography Program, Aperture Foundation & Stuart Cooper (MICA Photography Alum “72)

  • Sep 25

    Guadalupe Rosales and Vivian Crockett

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street

    New York,NY

    Aperture Foundation is pleased to present a night of conversation between artist Guadalupe Rosales and independent curator Vivian Crockett.

    Since 2015, artist Guadalupe Rosales has been building an archive of vernacular photographs and ephemera connected to Latinx culture in Los Angeles. Her projects exist as both archives of physical objects and crowdsourced digital archives, assembled on her widely followed Instagram accounts (@veteranas_and_rucas and @map_pointz). Guided by an instinct to create counter narratives, Rosales tells the stories of communities often underrepresented in official archives and public memory.

    A short reception will be held after the talk to celebrate Rosales’s exhibition, Legends Never Die, A Collective Memory. For this exhibition, which extends from a feature in Aperture’s Fall 2018 issue, “Los Angeles,” Rosales presents an installation of materials from her archives—from photobooth images of couples to young Chicanx women posing with cars to the party crews that ran East LA’s underground music scene in the 1990s.

    Guadalupe Rosales is an artist and archivist based in Los Angeles. She is founder and operator of Veteranas & Rucas and Map Pointz, digital archives accessible through Instagram. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at the Vincent Price Art Museum, Monterey Park, California; Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles; Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha; and the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami. In 2016, Rosales took over the New Yorker’s social media for a week and was one of the top-rated takeovers of the year. Her subsequent role as the inaugural Instagram Artist in Residence at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art was featured in the Los Angeles Times, Artsy, and Artforum. She has lectured at numerous museums and academic institutions, including the University of California, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; New Museum, New York; New York University; and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, among others. She received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016.

    Vivian Crockett is a New York–based independent researcher, scholar, and curator focusing largely on the art of African diasporas, (Afro)Latinx diasporas, and the Americas at the varied intersections of race, gender, and queer theory. She is a PhD candidate in art history at Columbia University whose dissertation examines artistic practices and discourses in Brazil in the sixties and seventies. Crockett was recently the 2017–18 Mellon Museum Research Consortium Fellow in Media and Performance Art at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

    Photograph by Mike Slack for Aperture, Photographs in Guadalupe Rosales’s studio, Los Angeles, 2018

    Generous support for Legends Never Die: A Collective Memory, installation by Guadalupe Rosales, is provided by the MurthyNAYAK Foundation. Lead funding for the “Los Angeles” issue of Aperture magazine is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation. Further generous support for public programs is provided by the Aperture Board of Trustees, Members, and other individuals, in addition to grants from foundations, including The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Grace Jones Richardson Trust, and public funds from 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.

  • Sep 27 - Sep 30


    Navy Pier

    600 E Grand Ave


    Thursday–Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    Visit Aperture Foundation at Seventh 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 27

    Zanele Muholi in Conversation with Deborah Willis at NYU

    Silver Center-NYU, Jurow Lecture Hall

    100 Washington Square East, Room 101A, 1st floor

    New York,New York

    Join Deborah Willis and Zanele Muholi in conversation to promote Muholi’s new book, Somnyama Ngonyama: Hail the Dark Lioness, at the Institute of African American Affairs (IAAA) & Center for Black Visual Culture (CBVC) at New York University (NYU).

    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 their immediate environment in an effort to reflect their journey, explore their 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 racisms.

    As they state, “I am producing this photographic document to encourage individuals in my community to be brave enough to occupy spaces, brave enough to create without fear of being vilified. . . . To teach people about our history, to rethink what history is all about, to reclaim 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.

    Cosponsored by Aperture Foundation and the NYU Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (CSGS).

    Image Caption: Zanele Muholi, Bester I, Mayotte, 2015; from Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness (Aperture, 2018).

    About Zanele Muholi

    Zanele Muholi is a visual activist and photographer, co-founder 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 their work, including France’s prestigious Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2018); 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). Their 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. They are represented by Stevenson Gallery, Johannesburg, and Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York.

    About Deborah Willis

    Deborah Willis is a contemporary African American artist, photographer, curator of photography, photographic historian, author, and educator. Among her awards and honors, she was a 2000 MacArthur Fellow. Willis is University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and has an affiliated appointment with the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Social & Cultural Africana Studies, where she teaches courses on Photography & Imaging, iconicity, and cultural histories visualizing the black body, women, and gender. Her research examines photography’s multifaceted histories, visual culture, the photographic history of slavery and emancipation, contemporary women photographers and beauty.

  • Sep 28

    Prison Nation at the Cleveland Public Library

    Cleveland Public Library, Martin Luther King Jr. Library Branch

    1962 Stokes Blvd


    Join Aperture, the Cleveland Public Library, and the Ohio Transformation Fund for the opening reception of the exhibition, Prison Nation, on view at the Cleveland Public Library’s Martin Luther Kind Jr. branch. Nicole R. Fleetwood, an expert on art’s relation to incarceration, will address the unique role photography plays in creating a visual record of a national crisis.

    The evening also includes a prison art and reform panel discussion which will begin at 6:00 p.m. Panelists include: Fred Ward, Executive Director of the Khnemu Foundation Lighthouse Center; Tyra Patterson, Community Outreach Strategy Specialist of Ohio Justice and Policy Center; and Bishara Addison, Senior Manager of Policy & Strategy Initiatives at Towards Employment. Moderated by Shakyra Diaz, Managing Director of Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice at the Alliance for Safety and Justice. 

    Most prisons and jails across the United States do not allow prisoners to have access to cameras. At a moment when an estimated 2.2 million people are incarcerated in the US, 3.8 million people are on probation, and 870,000 former prisoners are on parole, this exhibition explores how photographs visualize a reality that disproportionately affects people of color. This exhibition addresses the unique role photography plays in creating a visual record of this national crisis, despite the increasing difficulty of gaining access inside prisons.

    Exhibited artists include: Nicole R Fleetwood / Lucas Foglia / Bruce Jackson / Emily Kinni / Jesse Krimes / Jack Lueders-Booth / Deborah Luster / Chandra McCormick and Keith Calhoun / Zora Murff / Nigel Poor / Joseph Rodriguez / Jamel Shabazz / Sable Elyse Smith / Stephen Tourlentes

    Want to learn more about justice reform? In addition to this event, please follow this link to check out other events in the Cleveland community at the CWRU Social Justice Institute:

  • Oct 8

    Gallery and Bookstore Closed

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street

    New York,NY

  • Oct 9

    Aperture Conversations: Daniel Castro Garcia

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

    New York,NY

    Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, is pleased to present an artist talk with Daniel Castro Garcia. Based in Sicily, Italy, Castro Garcia is the 2017 recipient of the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography for his project Foreigner: I Peri N’Tera—a Sicilian colloquialism that translates as “feet on the ground.” This project is a new chapter that explores the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe. This work in particular focuses on the reality of life in Sicily, Italy, for unaccompanied minors who survive the journey to Europe across the Sahara Desert and Mediterranean Sea. Through his body of work, Castro Garcia poses the question, “How do the individuals at the centre of this crisis locate themselves within their ‘new’ landscape and what effect do these experiences have on their daily lives?” He uses photography not only to document his subjects, but also to collaborate with them, allowing these individuals an opportunity to tell their story without the guise of the media.

    Daniel Castro Garcia is a Sicily-based photographer and filmmaker. Concerned by the images coming from the Mediterranean Sea, he started the project Foreigner in May 2015, with the aim of contributing a more human response to the visual landscape that was defining the crisis. In 2017, Castro Garcia was named as the recipient of the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, and received a Magnum Foundation Fund as well as the British Journal of Photography International Photography Award. This support has enabled the continuation of his ongoing multimedia project, I Peri N’Tera, which follows the lives of unaccompanied minors living in Sicily, Italy, and the impact of trauma endured by each individual.

    The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography was established in 1978 following the death of W. Eugene Smith, the legendary American photo-essayist. Today, it is one of the most prestigious honors in documentary photography. Every year it recognizes a photographer whose past work and proposed project, as judged by a panel of experts, follow the tradition of Smith’s concerned photography and the dedicated compassion exhibited during his forty-five-year career. The application deadline is in early June. More information can be found at [].

    The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund is supported by generous contributions from The Incite Project, Herb Ritts Foundation, Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation, and Canon USA. Additional support is provided by Photo District News, International Center of Photography (ICP), School of Visual Arts (SVA) BFA Photography, MFA Photography, Video and Related Media departments, MediaStorm, Brilliant Graphics, Synergy Communications, and Aperture Foundation.

    The Smith Talks and other programs at Aperture are 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 and 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.

  • Oct 16

    Aperture Conversations: Sheila Pree Bright and Kiche Griffin

    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 the Photography Program at Parsons School of Design of The New School, is pleased to present a conversation between artist Sheila Pree Bright and creative consultant Likisha “Kiche” Griffin. Join us for a night filled with insight and discussion between Bright and Griffin, both of whom have been working together to lead the path toward racial progress in America. Bright, an Atlanta-based photographer, combines compelling portraits of social justice activists from the past and the present with images of today’s most recent protests surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement in her new book, #1960Now. After the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012, Bright traveled the country attending protests to create images that represent a timeless history. The past and present work in conjunction with one another to not only remind us that the battle we are fighting is far from over, but also to raise awareness of millennial standpoints on issues of civil rights. Creative producer Griffin has worked with Bright on branding strategies for the #1960Now digital campaigns, contributed an essay to the book #1960Now, and is coproducer of Bright’s related art film.

    Copies of Bright’s book #1960Now will be available for purchase. A book signing will follow the talk.

    Image by Sheila Pree Bright, National March on Ferguson, “We Can’t Stop Now,” protesting police violence and the murder of Mike Brown, 2015.

     Sheila Pree Bright is an acclaimed fine-art photographer known for her photographic series #1960Now, 1960Who, Young Americans, Plastic Bodies, and Suburbia.  She received national attention shortly after earning her MFA in photography from Georgia State University, and describes herself as a visual cultural producer portraying large-scale works that combine a wide range of contemporary culture. Bright’s work is included in books, exhibitions, and numerous private and public collections, and she is the recipient of several awards, including the Santa Fe Prize (2006). Her current and most ambitious project to date, #1960Now, is now in the collections at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC; Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; and Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta.

    Kiche Griffin is a creative producer and consultant who has worked with various museums and art organizations. She is an essay contributor to Prospect.4 New Orleans, a citywide triennial of contemporary art curated by artistic director Trevor Schoonmaker; her contribution to the exhibition catalogue honors the legacy work of MacArthur Fellow John T. Scott. She was the community engagement curator of Devin Allen: Awakenings, in a New Light and a curatorial assistant of Ruth Starr Rose (1887–1965): Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World, curated by art historian Barbara Paca (both at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore, 2015–16). Currently, Griffin is director of L. Griffin Creative, an Atlanta-based boutique studio that produces digital content for art professionals and independent filmmakers.

    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.


  • 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

    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 - 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 25 - Jan 2

    Gallery and Bookstore Closed

    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

    547 West 27th Street

    New York,NY