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August 5th: Vicki Topaz Exhibition Reception and Book Signing at Alliance Francaise, San Francisco

A trade edition of San Francisco-based Vicki Topaz’s artist book “SILENT NESTS” has recently been published.

An exhibition of the images featured in “Silent Nests: Photographs by Vicki Topaz” is on view in San Francisco from August 2-31, 2010

There will be a Reception and Book Signing for Ms. Topaz at the Gallery on Thursday, August 5th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM

From the press release:
“The gallery at Alliance Francaise is pleased to present Silent Nests, a solo exhibition of black and white photographs by Vicki Topaz.

Silent Nests – a photographic journey into France’s rich cultural past – unveils the majestic and once prestigious medieval colombiers (dovecotes or pigeon houses) of Normandy and Brittany.
A handsome monograph published by Kehrer Verlag accompanies the exhibition and is available for purchase for $40.
Alliance Française  is located at 1345 Bush Street in San Francisco.

Click here for more information.”

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August 4th in Phoenix: Lecture, “Cezanne and Modern Photography”

From the printed announcement from the Phoenix Art Museum:

“Cezanne’s influence on painting is obvious, but what about his effect on photography?  From Edward Steichen’s still lifes of fruit to Alfred Stieglitz’s portraits of bathers, Norton Family Curator of Photography Rebecca Senf, Ph.D., discusses how early American photography reflects Cezanne’s infamous subject matter, composition and style.”

This lecture is in conjunction with the two current exhibitions:

Cezanne and American Modernism,” on view through September 26th.

and

Creative Continuum: The History of the Center for Creative Photography” on view through November 28, 2010

From the webpage for the exhibition:

The year was 1975. Gerald R. Ford was president, a little company named Microsoft was founded, A Chorus Line opened on Broadway and Jaws was making a big splash in movie theaters. And in Tucson, a lifelong dream was realized.

Founded by legendary photographer Ansel Adams and then University of Arizona President John P. Schaefer, The Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona was the vision of two men who wanted to create an institution dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting and managing all materials that are essential to understanding photography and its history. Today, 35 years later, the Center has acquired more archives and individual works by 20th century North American photographers than any other museum in the nation.

Creative Continuum charts the Center’s dynamic evolution, beginning with the inaugural exhibition of works by Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind and Frederick Sommer through today’s contemporary artists that are reinventing the medium. This special look at the Center’s history is an exciting and engaging “who’s who” of American photography and features works by Richard Avedon, Lola Alvarez Bravo, Louis Carlos Bernal, Tseng Kwong Chi, Imogen Cunningham, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Roy DeCarava, Andy Warhol and Edward Weston.

In addition to nearly ninety photographs, Creative Continuum also includes a sampling from the Center’s Voices of Photography video oral history project, rare archival objects from the vault and examples of past exhibition catalogues.”

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July 22nd and August 3rd in SF: Curator’s Talks at SFMOMA on Frank Gohlke’s Landscapes and New Topographics Revisited

From the SFMoMA Events webpage:

“Erin O’Toole, assistant curator of photography, SFMOMA will give a talk two upcoming talks as follows:

Frank Gohlke’s Landscape, Albuquerque, New Mexico”

Thursday evening, July 22nd

Meet in the Haas Atrium at 6:30 p.m. before moving into the galleries.

and

from the SFMOMA events webpage: “Revisiting New Topographics”

“Widely considered a seminal event in the history of photography, the 1975 exhibition New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape featured the work of 10 photographers with a new approach to an old genre. On the occasion of the exhibition’s restaging at SFMOMA, O’Toole reflects on the significance of the original exhibition and discusses its impact on contemporary photography.”

Tuesday August 3rd at 12 noon in the Phyllis Wattis Theater.

These free talks are held in conjunction with the exhibition “NEW TOPOGRAPHICS, Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape” on view at SFMOMA from July 17 – October 3rd.

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July 15, 16 in NYC: Zwelethu Mthethwa Exhibition opening events

From the Aperture e-release:

EXHIBITION + EVENTS

Zwelethu Mthethwa

Zwelethu MthethwaInner Views the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in New York will be on view at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Don’t miss the rare opportunity to hear Mthethwa, a key figure in the South African post-apartheid photography movement in multiple events surrounding the opening.

Zwelethu Mthethwa, the exhibition and the Aperture book, present Mthethwa’s powerful series of portraits portraying black South Africans as relentlessly dignified and defiant, even under the duress of social and economic hardship.

Zwelethu Mthethwa: Inner Views
Exhibition on view:
Thursday, July 15–Sunday, October 24, 2010


The Artist’s Voice
Zwelethu Mthethwa and Naomi Beckwith in Conversation

Thursday, July 15,
7:00 pm

The Studio Museum in Harlem
144 West 125th Street
New York, New York
(212) 864-4500


Zwelethu Mthethwa:
Artist’s Talk, Book Signing and Reception
Friday, July 16, 6:30 pm

Museum of Contemporary Diasporan Arts (MoCADA)
80 Hanson Place
Brooklyn, New York
(718) 230-0492


View event details

View related book

Visit the Aperture website

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Deadline July 31st: En Foco “New Works” Fellowship

From En Foco’s website:

En Foco’s New Works Photography Fellowship Awards is an annual program selecting three or more U.S. based photographers of Latino, African or Asian heritage, and Native Peoples of the Americas and Pacific, through a national call for entries.

NEW WORKS #14 DEADLINE: July 31, 2010

JUROR: Andy Adams, Editor/Publisher, Flak Photo

“We are happy to announce that the submission process for New Works #14 (2010-2011) has moved online, to CallForEntry.org.

New Works helps artists to create or complete an in-depth photographic series exploring themes of their choice, and provides the infrastructure needed for national visibility and a professional exhibition of their new work in the New York area.

Submissions can be in any photo-based style or genre (documentary, autobiographical, landscape, abstract, digital, pinhole, alternative processes, etc).

Have questions about submitting work? Check our Submissions page (scroll down for “New Works” specific tips.”

While the product awarded varies from year to year, New Works fellows usually receive:

a $1,000 honorarium ($100 for Honorable Mentions) plus materials stipend;
product gift certificates from Canson Infinity;
professional tripods from Bogen;
camera bags from Lowepro;
a feature article in Nueva Luz;
an exhibition in New York;
a photographer’s page on enfoco.org;
a one-year En Foco membership ($100 value)

Read about prior New Works exhibitions:

New Works #13 (2009-2010)

New Works #12 (2008-2009)

New Works #11 (2007-2008)

New Works #10 (2006-2007)

New Works #9 (2005-2006)

New Works #8 (2004-2005)

New Works #7 (2003-2004)

New Works #6 (2002-2003)”

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Deadline July 25th: Critical Mass 2010 Competition

From the PhotoLucida website:

Critical Mass images

CM08 book award winners Andy Freeberg, Céline Clanet, and Priya Kambli — books now published!

“Critical Mass 2010 is now open for registration!

Deadline to enter work is July 25. Please read page in full for information, and click on the link below to register.

Click here to see the list of jurors.
Click here to register!

What Is Critical Mass?

The aim of Critical Mass, and all Photolucida programming, is to provide participants with career-building opportunities and to promote the best emerging and mid-career artists working today.

Critical Mass is a program about exposure and community. The idea is simple—photographers (from anywhere) submit a 10 image portfolio for $75. This work then gets pre-screened by a committee of approximately 20 great jurors and from there, 175 top Finalists are determined. These top Finalists then pay an additional submission fee ($200) and their work goes on to a jury of approximately 200 of the world’s best curators, editors, and other professionals who have agreed to view and vote on these Finalists. From these votes, at least one photographer is chosen to receive a book award and once the monograph is published, everyone who enters and reviews will receive a copy of the book(s).

We are pleased to continue to give scholarships to pre-selected photographers by geographical region. In previous years, Photolucida gave scholarships to photographers from Poland, Mexico, and Italy. This year, the lucky country is The Netherlands!

What to expect?

As an entrant to Critical Mass, you shouldn’t necessarily expect feedback from the jurors unless they want to contact you about doing something with your work. Jurors are given the opportunity and encouraged to provide written feedback, but we can’t guarantee anything other than:

  • Everyone who enters will receive a copy of the Book Award Winner’s monograph(s).
  • Everyone who enters will receive a CD containing all of the submitted work.
  • Everyone who enters will have their work seen, and voted on, by the Pre-Screening committee.
  • Those who continue on in the top 175 Finalists will have their work seen, and voted on, by over 200 jurors.

Click here for Critical Mass Success Stories.

Book Awards!

Photolucida will publish a monograph for at least one photographer from among the top-scoring finalists. The book award is reserved for artists without a previously published monograph. Photographers with self-published books are still eligible for the book award. If you already have a monograph, you still have over 200 great reasons to participate in Critical Mass!

CM 2009 Winners – Alejandro Cartagena, Birthe Pointek (in production)
CM 2008 Winners – Andy Freeberg, Céline Clanet, Priya Kambli
CM 2007 Winners – Joni Sternbach, Peter van Agtmael
CM 2006 Winners – Camille Seaman, Donald Weber, Amy Stein
CM 2005 Winners – Hiroshi Watanabe, Louie Palu, Sage Sohier
Click here to see!

Other Awards!

This year, in addition to the book award, Photolucida is pleased to partner with Blue Sky in offering a solo show to one of the Critical Mass Finalists. Founded in 1975 as the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, Blue Sky is one of the leading venues exhibiting contemporary photography in the United States.

Also this year, Photolucida is partnering with Newspace Center for Photography to produce a Critical Mass Top 50 Exhibit. Newspace is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting photographic education, with a wonderful exhibition space.

Both exhibits will take place in April 2011, coinciding with Photolucida’s Reviews.

Also, in conjunction with photo-eye, three of the Top 50 photographers will receive complimentary VisualServer websites and portfolios on photo-eye’s Photographer’s Showcase for one year.

Photolucida will also award five free spots in our April 2011 Portfolio Reviews! These awards will go to five randomly selected photographers in the Finalist group. For more information on our quick-to-sell-out biennial event, click here!

Procedure

Critical Mass has a two-part submission process.

  1. First you pay a $75 registration fee to upload your images and text. We will then format your work and distribute the pages to the pre-screeners for scoring. The 2010 Pre-Screening committee comprises the following people (as of June 30):
    • Leslie K. Brown, Independent Curator
    • Crista Dix, Director, wall space Gallery
    • Melanie Flood, Melanie Flood Projects/Portland Art Museum Photo Council
    • Cherie Hiser, Photoludica Board
    • Stu Levy, Photoludica Board/Portland Art Museum Photo Council
    • Kate Menconeri, Independent Curator
    • Laura Moya, Director, Photolucida
    • Claire Annette Mussard, Curator/Consultant
    • Ruben Natal-San Miguel, Collector
    • Shawn Records, Photolucida Board
    • P. Elaine Sharpe, Independent Curator
    • George Slade, Curator/Program Manager, Photographic Resource Center
    • Anna Sortun, Photolucida Board
    • Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director, Griffin Museum for Photography
    • Laura Valenti, Program Director, Newspace Center for Photography
    • Bryan Wolf, Photolucida Board

    The final list will be available in mid-July.

  2. If you are one of the top 175 photographers chosen by the pre-screeners, then you will pay an additional $200 fee and your work will be sent out to the full panel of over 200 jurors.

200 Jurors!

Like last year, this is a truly international group of jurors representing a wide variety of photographic interests.The full list of jurors will be available shortly – we have made a great effort to represent the range of professional affiliation (gallery owners, curators, publishers, editors, etc.). In addition to seeing the work during the online process, jurors will also be sent a CD of the Finalists’ work, which serves as a good reference tool in a multitude of ways.

Note: Critical Mass jurors are not allowed to submit their own work to Critical Mass.”

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July 21st in Minneapolis: Marketing Lecture By Mary Virginia Swanson, Open to the Public

Here are the details for my upcoming lecture in Minneapolis (note: there has been a change to a larger venue ):

DATE: WEDNESDAY, July 21st  7:00 pm (doors open at 6:15)  FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Reservations are required to ensure space; please email cmullins@aii.edu with “MVS TALK” in the subject line to reserve seats.

LOCATION: The Art Institutes International Minnesota’s Pence Building Campus,  800 Hennepin Avenue South at 8th Street, downtown Minneapolis.

From the press release:

“BEYOND PRINT: Creative Communication in the Digital Era”

Developing new audiences across the world has never been easier for artists, or more affordable.   To communicate effectively, artists must consider who their target audience is, “where” they are (both geographically and within the digital environment), and how to best communicate to them.  As artists transition from primarily print pieces into websites and e-communication, can their brand graphics continue to be effective?  What aspects and elements of their self-promotion can seamlessly migrate to the web and into social networks? What artist statements and other text components will need to be altered in style or length to generate interest in the artist’s work?   Mary Virginia Swanson will discuss identifying your audience, the need to communicate in the “space” they live online, and in the most suitable language.  Examples of effective print pieces, websites, emails and social network pages will be shared to underscore the value of brand continuity and clarity.
This lecture is sponsored by Art Institutes International Minnesota with co-sponsorship of the Photography Program and Photo Club.”

I hope to see many of you in Minneapolis later this month!!

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