Exclusively for Members
Dana Lixenberg and Lesley A. Martin in Conversation
Tuesday, February 25
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Aperture Members at the Friend ($250) level and above are invited to GRIMM gallery for an exclusive event surrounding the exhibition Dana Lixenburg: American Images. Doors open at 6:30 p.m and a Q&A session with artist Dana Lixenberg and Lesley A. Martin, creative director of Aperture Foundation and publisher of The PhotoBook Review, will begin at 7:00 p.m.
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Lixenberg has the ability to capture her subjects in profound moments of temporal being; in doing so, she engages in analytical scrutiny without imposing judgement. The artist’s subtle and sophisticated feel for color and her sensitivity for capturing the finest indications and details of human expression are striking in each of her portraits.
The exhibition is dedicated to Lixenberg’s dear friend, George Pitts (1951–2017), photographer, painter, educator and writer. As the legendary founding Director of Photography at Vibe magazine, he was the first in the United States to publish a portfolio of her Imperial Courts series, in 1993. Many of the portraits included in this exhibition were commissioned by Pitts in the nineties, during his tenure at the magazine, which helped jumpstart Lixenberg’s editorial career.
Dana Lixenberg (born in Amsterdam, 1964) is a Dutch photographer and filmmaker who has photographed for publications such as the New York Times Magazine, New Yorker, and Newsweek, while working on long-term personal projects focusing on individuals and communities on the margins of society. American Images comprises a selection of portraits of American icons who have been instrumental in shaping today’s popular culture.
Lesley A. Martin is creative director at Aperture and publisher of The PhotoBook Review, a newsprint journal dedicated to the evolving conversation surrounding the photobook. Her writing on photography has been published widely, and she has edited over seventy-five books of photography. She has curated several exhibitions of photography, and in 2015, she was named a visiting critic to the Yale MFA Photography program.