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foundation news

From Stonewall to AIDS, Framing Queer Desire

A recent forum at MoMA reveals a rich, often-overlooked thread of queer history and photography.

foundation news

An Evening with William Eggleston at Aperture’s Fall Benefit

On October 24, Aperture Foundation honored William Eggleston.


Louis Faurer’s Postwar New York

In the late 1940s, the photographer’s photographer reveled in the contradictory energies of urban life.


Glamour and Destitution in Los Angeles

In his first museum retrospective, Anthony Hernandez finds melancholy beauty in a city of contrasts.


The Limits of Representation

Can Conceptual art speak to activist issues in new ways?


Pushing the Boundaries of Gender Performance

Spanning over eighty years of photographs, an exhibition explores the gender non-conforming potential of the word “they.”

aperture magazine

Justine Kurland’s Great American Road Trip

Justine Kurland crossed the United States in a weathered van, pursuing a chronicle of American Drifters.


Are You Ready For Love?

Four exhibitions celebrate feminist artist Ellen Cantor, who explored the subversive potential of female sexuality.


Vanguard of the Revolution

In the era of Black Lives Matter, what is the legacy of the Black Panther Party? Stephen Shames revisits his chronicle of American activism.


Before They Were Stars

In his new memoir, the critic Douglas Crimp revisits the origins of the Pictures Generation, a fabled era of art, sex, and experimentation.

talks & interviews

A Portrait of New York in Rocks and Clouds

In his latest series, Mitch Epstein reveals the natural world within the urban grid.


The Archipelago of Desire

In Cape Verde, a Portuguese photographer documents the trans community with candid intimacy.