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Jimmy DeSana Panel at NY Art Book Fair

Sunday, September 20

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

MoMA PS1 22-25 Jackson Ave. at the intersection of 46th Ave. Long Island City, NY


Join Aperture and Salon 94 for a panel discussion about photographer Jimmy DeSana’s life and work, with Grace Dunham, Johanna Fateman, Carlo McCormick, and Matt Wolf, moderated by Laurie Simmons. DeSana’s new book Suburban (Aperture/Salon 94, 2015) is out this fall, with essays by Simmons, who was also a coeditor, and Elisabeth Sussman. This surreally lyrical, sexually charged volume collects DeSana’s earlier work, made from the 1970s to 1980s.

Jimmy DeSana (born in Detroit, 1949; died in New York, 1990) was a groundbreaking photographer who was a key figure in New York’s downtown music and art scene in the 1970s and ’80s. DeSana was a frequent contributor to publications including the East Village Eye and SoHo Weekly News, as well as to the New York Rocker, photographing musicians such as Talking Heads, Debbie Harry, and Billy Idol. He exhibited at Pat Hearn Gallery, Galerie Jablonka, and at PS1, as part of the seminal 1981 exhibition New York/New Wave.

Laurie Simmons is a photographer represented by Salon 94, New York, who has exhibited internationally at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.

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Image: Jimmy DeSana, Storage Boxes, 1980, Courtesy and copyright the Jimmy DeSana Estate/Salon 94

Jimmy DeSana Panel at NY Art Book Fair