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Parsons Partnership

Aperture Conversations: Spirituality with Wolfgang Tillmans

Thursday, February 13

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The New School, Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall 66 W 12 Street New York, NY


Please note: This event is at capacity. There will be a standby line for those who did not RSVP. 

Join Aperture and Parsons School of Design to celebrate Aperture magazine’s “Spirituality” issue (guest edited by artist Wolfgang Tillmans) with a conversation between Tillmans and Michael Famighetti, editor of Aperture magazine.

In a time of hyper-active communication, unending consumerism, and political confusion, Aperture’s “Spirituality” issue features contributions by artists, scientists, and writers examining the different ways photography has been used to represent humanity’s longing for spiritual connection and solidarity.

This conversation is presented by Aperture Foundation and the Photography Program of Parsons School of Design at The New School.


Since the early 1990s, Wolfgang Tillmans (born in Remscheid, Germany, 1968) has been creating work that epitomized a new kind of subjectivity in photography, pairing intimacy and playfulness with social critique and the persistent questioning of existing values and hierarchies. Through his seamless integration of genres, subjects, techniques, and exhibition strategies, he has expanded conventional ways of approaching the medium, and his practice continues to address the fundamental question of what it means to create pictures in an increasingly image-saturated world.

Tillmans studied at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design in Bournemouth, England, from 1990 to 1992. In 2000, he became the first photographer and first non-British artist to receive the Turner Prize. He has been the recipient of numerous other awards, including the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography and the Kaiserring (or “Emperor’s Ring”) prize from the city of Goslar in Germany. His work has been the subject of prominent solo exhibitions at international institutions and is held in museum collections worldwide. A major retrospective of Tillmans’s work will be held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2021.


Image: Wolfgang Tillmans, Shaker rainbow, 1998

Generous support for the “Spirituality” issue of Aperture magazine is provided by the MurthyNAYAKFoundation.

Significant support for Aperture magazine is provided by The Kanakia Foundation. Further generous support is provided in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Logo, Andy Warhol Foundation

Aperture Conversations: Spirituality with Wolfgang Tillmans