Archive for April, 2007


TODAY, April 8th 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Rubin Museum Theater, 150 W. 17th Street, NYC: A Conversation With Lynn Davis

The eminent art critic, professor and philosopher Arthur Danto talks to photographer Lynn Davis about her work and her world view. Her exhibition Illumination: The Photographs of Lynn Davis opened April 6.

Professor Danto has been teaching at Columbia University in New York since 1951, as a professor since 1966. He is the author of numerous books, including Nietzsche as Philosopher, Mysticism and Morality, The Transfiguration of the Commonplace, Narration and Knowledge, Connections to the World: The Basic Concepts of Philosophy, and Encounters and Reflections: Art in the Historical Present, a collection of art criticism which won the National Book Critics Circle Prize for Criticism in 1990. His most recent book is Unnatural Wonders: Essays from the Gap Between Art and Life.

As art critic for The Nation, he has also published numerous articles in other journals. In addition, he is an editor of the Journal of Philosophy and consulting editor for various other publications.

Read The New York Times article in today’s Arts & Leisure section, P. 26

“Of the 30 photographs on view several depict important Buddhist sculptures and monuments in China, Japan and Thailand. In others the religious reference is more oblique. A tightly framed photograph of stone steps half-covered by desert sand in a cemetery in Dunhuang, China, powerfuly evokes the Buddhist principle of impermanence. The relationship between form and emptiness, another fundamental concept in Buddhist philosophy, finds expression in a dramatic view of the sky through a hollow rock formation at Arches National Park in Utah.” – Mia Fineman

Fee: $15.00, includes entrance to the Museum (see blog post earlier today about three photo shows on view concurrently this week).

The exhibition ILLUMINATIONS continues through July 16th.

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Rubin Museum: Three Outstanding Exhibits Overlap through April 16

The Rubin Museum has an ambitious photography schedule this year, with three terrific exhibitions overlapping. Try to get there this week, when planning a visit to NYC for (perhaps for the AIPAD: The Photography Show which begins this week, April 12-15):

Ending April 16: Mongolia: Beyond Chinggis Khan
This exhibitions featured the work of photographers ELAINE LING and BUILDER LEVY interspersed with magnificent objects from the Rubin’s Collection. A wonderful show!

“This exhibition celebrates the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Mongol empire by Chinggis Khan in 1206. A selection of Mongolian sculptures, paintings, manuscripts, and other ritual objects, drawn entirely from the RMA’s collection, will be complemented by images of Mongolia made by the contemporary photographers Builder Levy and Elaine Ling. This combination of traditional art and modern photographs, with subjects ranging from the ancient standing stones left by the Huns and Turks to scenes from the annual festival that celebrates Mongol accomplishments in horseback riding, archery, and wrestling, is an effort to illuminate a country whose history, art, and culture is virtually unknown to most westerners. A focal point of the exhibition is the RMA’s collection of Mongolian dance masks, which were used in the 19th and early 20th centuries in the annual festivals that took place in monasteries across Mongolia.”

Ending July 16th: ILLUMINATION, the photographs by LYNN DAVIS which opened this weekend. The New York Times did a wonderful article on Lynn the the opening of this show titled “Travels Abroad Lead to Travels Within” by Mia Fineman (4/8/07) which you can read here.

Lynn Davis (American, born 1944) has explored the world in search of the greatest universal sites, both man-made and natural. In this exhibition, the artist presents her photographs, deeply modern and imbued with a sense of abstraction, with her selection from RMA’s collection. This pairing reflects her intuitive response to the RMA collection as resonant with the spiritual nature of her work. Davis’s photographs have been exhibited internationally and collected widely. Her work appears in many museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum, which held an exhibition of her works in 1999.”

Ending September 3rd at the Rubin: The Missing Peace Project: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama
This exhibition is touring the US, and it is worth a visit to the project’s website, an excellent example of an exhibition website; don’t miss the FOR PARTNERS sections which leads you to view understanding the tangible benefits of sponsorshi. Those of you have heard me lecture recently know that this is one of the project websites I feature in my section on project sponsorship.

“Contemporary artists from around the world, working in a variety of media, offer a wide range of new and existing works inspired by the messages, vision, and values of the Dalai Lama.

Ending August 22nd at the SVA GALLERY: A component of this large exhibition is lso on view at the Visual Arts Gallery, School of Visual Arts, 601 West 26th Street from July 12 through August 22.”

From the exhibition website: “The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama is the result of a collaboration between the Committee of 100 for Tibet and the Dalai Lama Foundation. We see this project as a unique opportunity to explore the idea of art as an interpretation of, and a catalyst for, peace. Through the artist’s work, we also hope to broaden appreciation for the Dalai Lama and the principles he embodies. The project and exhibition title is an evocative play on words – peace will always be elusive, or missing, in our world, but the Dalai Lama consistently shows that dedicating oneself to peace is anything but pointless. The word ‘portrait’ is used very loosely. Artists were given the freedom to explore the full life of the Dalai Lama; each ‘portrait’ was the result of personal interpretation.

The artists, both established and emerging, were selected because their work addresses themes that are embodied by the Dalai Lama, such as compassion, peace, unity of all things, impermanence, spirituality, belief systems, community, people in exile, non-violence, happiness, and tolerance. Many of the artists have created new work for the exhibition in a wide variety of media, including photography, painting, textiles, animation, sculpture, video, and installation works.

We hope that this exhibition will inspire us to reflect on who we are as human beings, our relationship to others, and our place in the world.”

For a list of participating artists, click here. As of this writing, I’m not certain which works are on view at the Rubin, and which are at the SVA Gallery; call to confirm or allow time to visit both venues where this large exhibition is on view!

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Lectures with the FotoFest Exhibition “Guantanamo: Pictures from Home. Questions of Justice.” in Houston this month

“A rare glimpse into Guantanamo prison. The detainees…their families.. and U.S. attorneys representing the detainees. 100 previously unseen photographs and short video works from Yemen, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait. Audio installation ‘Inside Guantanamo.” Video installation ‘The Lawyers.’

FotoFest presents GUANTANAMO, a photography exhibition by Margo Herster, with audio and video installations by Carolyn Mara Borlenghi and Margo Herster, on view until May 19th at the FotoFest Gallery Headquarters in Downtown Houston.

Two special lectures will accompany this important exhibition.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11 at 7:00 p.m.:
The Challenge of Guantanamo: Legal and Human Rights Issues

Lt. Col. Mark A. Bridges – Speaker
Professor of Constitutional and Military Law, USMA, West Point, NY

Anant Raut – Speaker
Pro Bono Habeas Counsel, Wiel Gotschal & Manges, LLP, Washington, DC

William Cunningham – Moderator
Professor Emeritas, International Studies, University of St. Thomas

University of St. Thomas
Ahern Room, Crooker Hall
Parking available in the garage off of Graustark. Crooker Hall is adjacent to the garage.

Presented in collaboration with the Center for International Studies, University of St. Thomas.

WEDNESDAY, April 18, 7:00 p.m.:
Breakdown in the Gray Room: The Images from Abu Ghraib

by David Levi Strauss, Author and Commentator on Art and Politics

University of Houston
Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture Theater
Entrance 16 off Cullen Blvd. Parking in lot 16B, across from the Fine Arts Building

Presented in collaboration with Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts and with support from the University of Houston Downtown.

For more information, contact FotoFest at: 713.223.5522 x19.

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Current Issue of Orion Magazine: Not to be missed!

Kudos once again to the creative team at Orion (subtitled “Nature/Culture/Peace”), the magazine of the Orion Society. The March/April issue features portfolios of new works by Robert and Shana Parke Harrison and Chris Jordan, as well as selections of beautiful work about trees by Thomas Dunklin and Tanya Marcuse.
The selection of imagery, quality of design and overall production values of this publication are not to be missed.

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Agency VII Symposium at Maine Photographic Workshops August 4th

If you’ve not had a chance to spend a memorable day at an Agency VII symposium, here’s a chance to do so, in the US (their spring seminar is in the UK). Maine Photographic Workshops has arranged for an event to be held August 4th in Rockport, Maine. Make plans now to attend!

“This symposium will be a unique opportunity to spend an afternoon with celebrated author and photo critic Vicki Goldberg, Frank Evers, Managing Director for the VII Photo Agency and photographers Lauren Greenfield (VII), James Nachtwey (VII), Ron Haviv (VII), and Eugene Richards (VII). Also joining the panel will be photographer Samantha Appleton.

Goldberg’s book, The Power of Photography: How Photographs Change Our Lives, is a riveting account of how photographs have chronicled our social history, and how the photograph has become not only a prestigious art form, but an instrument of propaganda unsurpassed in its influence. James Nachtwey is considered one of the foremost photographers of our time. In 2001, a documentary about Nachtwey and his work was released entitled War Photographer. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary. Ron Haviv, a co-founder of VII, has produced some of the most important images of conflict and other Humanitarian crises that have made headlines from around the world since the end of the Cold War.

Pre-registration for this free symposium is required. Space is limited. Registration may be done online ( please note that your credit card will NOT be charged any fees at time of booking) or call the Workshops toll free 877.577.7700.”

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f295 Symposium on Lensless, Alternative and Adaptive Photographic Processes: April 26-29, Pittsburgh

“The f295 Symposium on Lensless, Alternative and Adaptive Photographic Processes is being held in Pittsburgh, PA USA 26-29 April 2007. The event brings eight contemporary ‘alternative’ photographers together to engage in discussion and debate regarding the rising use of alternative photographic methods in an age of increasingly sophisticated technological means.

This multi-day event offers lectures, round-table discussions, and hands-on workshops held in association with Pittsburgh area arts organizations. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to join fellow artists, photographers, historians, curators, enthusiasts, and others to reflect on the state of contemporary photography, the rising use of ‘alternative’ photographic techniques, and what this means for both the present and the future of the art.”

Speakers & Topics Include:
Jo Babcock: Contemporary Pinhole Photography and its Place in Photographic History
Jo Babcock’s work has been exhibited internationally, including exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Alternative Museum, the Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena Gardens, and the Sao Paulo Bienal. He is the author of The Invented Camera: Low Tech Photography and Sculpture (Freedom Voices Publications, 2005)

Craig Barber: Photography and Memory
Craig Barber is represented in several prominent museum and private collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Brooklyn Art Museum; the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentia, among others. In 2006 Umbrage Editions published his book, ”Ghosts in the Landscape: Vietnam Revisited.

Barbara Ess: Reality, Representation and Lo-Fi Image-Making
Barbara Ess’s work has been the subject of cover stories in Artforum and Art in America magazines. She has had one-woman shows at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Curt Marcus Gallery, New York; Faggionato Fine Arts, London; and Fundacion la Caixa, Barcelona, and at galleries in Madrid, Los Angeles, Paris, Antwerp, Cologne, and Washington. Her book, I Am Not This Body (Aperture 2001), was selected as one of the ten top photography books of the year by the Village Voice.

Alan Greene: Steps Leading to ‘Primitive Photography’
Alan Greene has had numerous solo and group exhibitions,and taught photography as an adjunct professor and a leader of workshops. In 1998, he began experimenting with the 1840s-era calotype process and building his own cameras and lenses. This culminated in the 2001 publication of a technical manual, Primitive Photography. He has contributed to the Encyclopedia of 19th Century Photography and the Vocabulaire technique de la photographie.

Patricia Katchur: Back to Basics: The Renaissance in Alternative and Historic Photographic Processes
Currently Patricia is the director of the Center for Alternative and Historic Processes (CFAAHP). She is also concentrating on the development of the Ebauche Foundation for the Arts. For the previous 12 years she was the driving force behind Sixty Eight Degrees black and white photo lab.

Terry King, FRPS: Retro-Invention: A Revolution in Gold and Blue
In 1982 Terry King was awarded the fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society for gum bichromate prints. As a result of the lectures he was giving, he was asked if he would design and run a yearlong workshop on alternative processes. This workshop became the basis of the revival of alternative processes in the UK. The workshops went under the title of ‘From Wedgwood to Bromoil’. A significant proportion of those now practising or teaching alternative processes have now been taught by Terry’s students or their students. In 1997 he started the Alternative Photography International Symposium which developed a pattern of meeting in alternate years in the UK and in Santa Fe in the US.

Tom Persinger: Introduction: ‘Simple’ Methods in a Complex World
Tom founded and directs f295 an international organization with more than 1,000 members interested in furthering the dialogue regarding the art of lensless photography and the craft of alternative and adaptive photographic processes. He has exhibited his work internationally and been published in Ag, Afterimage, Black and White Photography (UK), and View Camera.

Mike Robinson: The Daguerreotype: Past, Present & Perfect
Mike Robinson is the proprietor of Mike Robinson’s Century Darkroom, in Toronto, Canada. His daguerreian art is in the collections of The Portrait Gallery of Canada, The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Hallmark Fine Art Collection in Kansas City, The Snite Museum of Art at Notre Dame University, The George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and in many private collections. His work has also been reproduced in Discover Magazine, Photo Ed, and Art & Antiques Magazine. His chapter on albumen printing has been published in Coming into Focus. His research into the working methodology of Southworth & Hawes has been published in the exhibition catalogue, Young America: The Daguerreotypes of Southworth & Hawes.

Saturday Workshops:
Hands-On Daguerreotype Workshop with Mike Robinson FULL -Sunday still available!
Gum Rex with Terry King
Lensless / Alternative Photography Peer Review with Erin Malone
The Pinhole Camera with Tom Persinger
Primitive Photography: Camera and Lens Making with Alan Greene
Wet Plate Collodion Workshop with CFAAHP

Sunday Workshops: (various times see each for details)
Cyanotype Rex with Terry King
Hands-On Daguerreotype Workshop with Mike Robinson
On Location: Pittsburgh without a Lens with TBA
Pinhole Photography Workshop with George Kollar

Participating Organizations Include:
The Center for Arts in Society at Carnegie Mellon University
Center for Alternative and Historical Processes
The Daguerreian Society
The Mattress Factory
Pittsburgh Filmmakers
Silver Eye Center for Photography
Society for Contemporary Craft

The Craft of the Camera
Daguerreotypes Past and Present
In Blue: Photograms by Sue Abramson
f295 Exhibition of Lensless and Alternative Photography

View the schedule of events here.

View registration information here.

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NYAS Conference “Biology and Art: Two Worlds or One?” April 14 in NYC

On April 14th, The New York Academy of Sciences is hosting a conference called “Biology and Art: Two Worlds or One?” at its new location in lower Manhattan.

This conference will explore the nature of the science-art interface, the inspiration this interface provides to scientists and artists alike, and the impact of these interactions on art, research, and other human endeavors. More specifically, the conference will focus on how biological objects-whether viruses, animals, plants, cells, or organelles-become an inspiration for certain artists’ work, and how scientists-ever so particular about accuracy and specificity-respond to such artistic representations.

The Belgian conceptual artist Wim Delvoye, creator of the Cloaca Project, will give the keynote lecture. The rest of the day will be organized as a series of four conversations between artists and scientists. For each conversation, an artist will appear with a scientist who works with the biological objects that inspire that artist. Short talks and extensive discussions will provide a forum where ideas generated in these two very different spheres of creative endeavors-science and art-are expressed, elaborated and deliberated.

Preliminary Program
8:00 AM – 8:45 AM – – Registration

8:45 AM – 9:00 AM – Welcome & Meeting Overview
Ellis Rubinstein, President, The New York Academy of Sciences
William A. Haseltine, President, The William A. Haseltine Foundation for Medical Sciences and the Arts

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM – – Keynote Address
Wim Delvoye (Belgium, Artist)

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM – – Coffee Break

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM – – Session I: Structural Biology
Mara G. Haseltine (New York, Sculptor)
Wayne A. Hendrickson, PhD (Columbia University, Biophysicist)

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM – – Session II: Microbes
Laura Splan (MFA Sculpture; Member, Art Science Collaboration)
Rendering the Invisible
Jonathan A. King, PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Biologist)
Visual Representation and Biological Structure

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – – Lunch

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM – – Session III: Locomotion
Theo Jansen (Holland, Artist, Kinetic-Sculptor & Scientist)
Andrew A. Biewener, PhD, (Harvard University Concord Field Station)

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM – – Coffee Break

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM – – Session IV: TBD
Michael Joaquin Grey (BS Genetics, MFA Sculpture)
Gabriel Robles-De-La-Torre, PhD (Neuroscientist and Founder, International Society for Haptics)
Touching Illusory Objects: Sculpting Human Perception through Virtual Reality

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM – – Concluding Remarks

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM – – Reception & Exchange

Apr 14, 2007 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
At the New York Academy of Sciences
New Location:
7 World Trade Center
250 Greenwich Street, 40th floor
New York, NY 10007-2157

Click here for links to artist presenters & Registration Information.

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“Image & Identity: Culture Behind Clothes” Submissions due 5/1/07

The International Museum of Women has announced the next deadline for their on-line series “Imaging Ourselves: Global Voices from a new Generation of Women.”

“Imagining Ourselves launched with a published anthology and an online exhibit on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2006. The project received great acclaim and widespread media attention around the globe, from articles in Bombay’s TimeOut Magazine to television coverage in Tijuana and numerous reports in the San Francisco media. Since then, we have reached out to a new generation of women on every continent, in four languages and through more than 100 global events and gatherings on the ground in over twenty-five countries. After the successful launch in March, 2006 we are extending the project until September, 2007 and will continue to explore different themes. We are looking for submissions from young women in every corner of the globe. If you have a story to tell, images to share, or a voice that wants to be heard, we welcome your submission. We accept film, audio, images and text. Tell us what defines your generation of women. We look forward to hearing from you!”

Click here to view submission guidelines.

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Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in NYC offers Seminar for Arts Professionals on April 21, 2007

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts’ NYC Chapter is offering a seminar called “VLA Legal and Business Boot Camp for Arts Professionals” on Saturday, April 21st, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

VLA Legal and Business Bootcamp for Arts Professionals™ is a comprehensive program about the legal and business issues that affect individual artists and individuals within organizations and cultural institutions. This program is for professionals within organizations, individual artists, and art students at all stages of profesional development. Lawyers and other professionals who represent arts professionals will also benefit from the course. Launched in 2005 with over forty-five co-sponsors, this project is supported, in part, with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The program was offered five times last year in DC, NYC, LA and Vermont to sold-out audiences who gave it rave reviews.

This course is for art students, individual artists and individuals in arts or cultural institutions. Law students, attorneys and other professionals who represent artists may also benefit from this event.

To view the agenda for the day, click here.

New York, NY
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Hosted by Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.
One New York Plaza
New York, NY 10004

To register for this event, click here.

National Dates to be announced.

This original program was developed by VLA with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information and to register for the Boot Camp, please visit

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April 14th Lectures at the Whitney Museum/NYC

There is an interesting series of lectures entitled “ON PHOTOGRAPHY” to be held on Saturday, April 14th at the Whitney Museum; details and registration information for all lectures are at this link. NOTE: All but the evening lecture are free with museum admission, which is $15.00 for adults, and $10.00 for senior citizens and students with valid ID. Advanced reservations are strongly recommended, as seating is limited. Tickets may be reserved by clicking on this link, or at the Museum Admission Desk. Inquiries: or (212) 570-7715.

Sat., April 14 1pm
On Gordon Matta-Clark’s Photo-Collages: Briony Fer
Art historian Briony Fer (The Infinite Line: Re-making Art After Modernism, 2004) tours the Gordon Matta-Clark exhibition to explore the artist’s photo-collage work. As Matta-Clark himself suggested, “There is collaging and montaging. I like very much the idea of breaking–the same way I cut up buildings. I like the idea that the sacred photo framing process is equally ‘violatable.'”

Sat., April 14 2pm
On Lorna Simpson: Helaine Posner
Exhibition curator Helaine Posner leads this special tour of the Lorna Simpson show, highlighting the ways that the artist “balances the poetic and the political, the ambiguous and the specific.”

Sat., April 14 3pm
On the Photography of Performance: Peggy Phelan
Art historian Peggy Phelan considers the relationship between performance work and its photographic documentation, weighing when and how photographs supercede, overwhelm, or extend the action in time.


On the Documentary Turn: Geoffrey Batchen, Okwui Enwezor, Coco Fusco
Much has been made of the documentary turn in recent art practice, particularly photography. In exhibitions like Thomas Weski’s Click Doubleclick (2006) or Coco Fusco and Brian Wallis’s Only Skin Deep (2003), questions are posed about the photograph’s ability to capture or shape reality. What do we want of photographs–as documents or as fine art–in a time replete with images and their easy manipulation? Join art historian Geoffrey Batchen, critic and curator Okwui Enwezor, and artist and curator Coco Fusco for this conversation on the photograph today. The Whitney’s chief curator Donna De Salvo moderates.

Admission: $8; members, senior citizens and students with valid ID $6. Advanced sales are strongly recommended, as seating is limited.

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