Archive for May 3, 2007

SURTEX: “Selling and Licensing Art & Design” Coming to Javits Center NYC on May 20-22

For those of you involved in licensing images, you are likely to be aware of the SURTEX show, an annual event at the Javits Center in NYC where image placement for secondary markets, paper products and other ancillary product lines are featured. Dates are May 20-22. Members of the public may attend the exhibit hall as well as seminars; the website has complete details.

From the event website:

“MARKETS REPRESENTED: Art and design for sale and license to numerous industries: decorative fabrics, linens and domestics, contract textiles, wall coverings, floor coverings, apparel textiles, stationery, greeting cards, giftwrap and other paper products, tabletop, giftware, housewares, toys, ceramics, packaging and publishing.
Tools for the design industry: publications and services.”

“PROFILE OF ATTENDEES: Art buyers and licensees from the home furnishings, domestics, apparel, contract, gift, housewares, toy, stationery, greeting card, paper product, publishing and automotive manufacturing industries, plus private label retailers, licensing executives, interior designers, advertising agencies and stock houses.”

There are a range of interesting educational presentations as well, including “The Essential Licening Primer,” “The Licensing Agreement,” “Copyrights and Trademarks – The Best Defense is a Strong Offence,” “Trend Influences: Attitudes and Icons 2008” and more.

If you have been curious about the growing market for photographic images in the licensed product arena, wear comfortable shoes, bring a backpack for all the marketing materials you will take away, and hit this annual show.

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PDN ON THE ROAD: New York City, May 19 & 20

Photo District News, in association with the Santa Fe Workshops, announce the next stop for PDN On The Road: New York City.

“Professional photographers who attended in San Francisco were in agreement–the information and networking opportunities were worth it. As one attendee stated, “Having access to the speakers, being able to ask so many questions and the portfolio review opportunities were absolutely fantastic–Do more of this.” So, our New York City seminar will be tweaked to make this an event no professional photographer will want to miss!

The focus of PDN On the Road is twofold:
1) Offer valuable strategies and advice to increase your business.
2) Provide networking opportunities with marketplace professionals you’ll want to meet. For two days, guest speakers, all leading photographers and industry professionals, will cover vital building blocks needed to strengthen your business.

Important program revisions that will soon be updated on the PDN On the Road Web site include:

– Pricing options for single day or two-day attendance.

– The shift of four seminar tracks (Commercial, Editorial, Transitions/PDN’s 30, Weddings) from Saturday to Sunday to make sure that all can attend.

– A unique networking opportunity during a Saturday reception/portfolio-sharing with seminar attendees, speakers and special photo industry guests.

Our event venue, 101 Riverviews, is an outstanding space with amazing skyline views. Located at 101 Sixth Avenue, the event is convenient to Canal Street subway lines and around the corner from the Holland Tunnel. Make sure to bring your camera for some great photo ops during breaks, lunch or end of the day.

For full information, additional city stops and registration details visit the Web site at ”

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2006 National Magazine Award Finalists and WINNERS Announced

I am a fan of magazines, having written often on this blog of the fine photographs featured within the pages of Seed, NY Time Magazine, Orion, Audubon, Dwell and more magazines. In today’s NY Times the results of the 2006 National Magazine Awards. The article had this headline: “National Magazine Awards Smile on Some and Disappoint Frequent Winners.” I encourage you to check out the results of judging issues published in 2006. New York Magazine was one of the clear winners! Hats off to Jody Quon for her contributions in selecting photographers/photographs for the issue.

The full list of winners can be found here; be sure to scroll down to view the winners of the DESIGN, PHOTOGRAPHY, PHOTOJOURNALISM and PHOTO PORTFOLIO Categories.

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Debbie Fleming Caffery to Speak at the Closing of her Exhibition in NYC: Thursday, May 10th

The Nation Institute and Lannan Foundation proudly present the works of Debbie Fleming Caffery. A closing reception for the artist’s show “Portrait of Neglect: Images of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita” will be held at The Nation Institute on Thursday, May 10th, from 6-8 p.m. Caffery’s presentation will begin at 7 p.m.”

Debbie Fleming Caffery’s black and white images document the painful loss of home and the displacement of memories that are the results of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Of her 2007 retrospective at the Gitterman Gallery, The New Yorker notes:

“Caffery’s brand of engaged, impressionistic humanism is currently so out of fashion it looks almost radical. She photographs farm workers in Louisiana, prostitutes in Mexico, children wherever she finds them, and the devastation of Hurricane Katrina with a kind of tender care that never feels sentimental or familiar. Like Roy DeCarava, she tends to work best in the dark, and many of her subjects in this smartly edited thirty-year survey dissolve into or emerge from shadows and fog. This fuels a rich aura of Southern surrealism in the Clarence John Laughlin mode—the sense that myths are nurtured but also die here.”

Caffery’s photographs are included in the permanent collections of many museums including the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Bibliotheque National in Paris. Her most recent book, Polly (2005, Twin Palms Press), chronicles her long friendship with a solitary and proud African-American woman in the sugar country of Louisiana.

The Nation Institute
116 East 16th Street, Floor 8
New York, NY 10003

RSVP Sophie Ragsdale (212) 336-0757 or sophie@nationinstitute

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Panel: “Fantasy, Fairy Tales, and Feminism: The Work of Miwa Yanagi” This Saturday at the Chelsea Art Museum in NYC

A panel discussion with Peggy Orenstein, Anne Wilkes Tucker, Manon Slome and Miwa Yanagi will be held at the Chelsea Art Museum this Saturday, May 5th from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Entitled “FANTASY, FAIRY TALES, AND FEMINISM:The Work of Miwa Yanagi” is being held in conjuction with opening weekend of the exhibition “MIWA YANAGI: Deutsche Bank Collection.”

Space is limited. RSVP required by Thursday, May 3 to: Ashley Gorski: or 212.250.0598 (call to see if space is still available after that date).

About the Panel:
“By creating hybrids of fantasy and reality, Japanese artist Miwa Yanagi challenges traditional narratives and perceptions of women’s roles. Four professionally acclaimed women will address issues related to the unique photographs of Miwa Yanagi and their relationship to Western and Japanese culture. Their perspectives will also resonate in the context of several important exhibitions currently on view in the US that are reopening dialogue about art and feminism. Panel participants include Peggy Orenstein, author, editor and New York Times essayist; Anne Tucker, Chief Curator of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston; Manon Slome, Chief Curator at the Chelsea Art Museum, Home of The Miotte Foundation; and Miwa Yanagi.

From sociological, art historical, and personal perspectives, the panelists will touch on topics such as representations of gender, body image, and age in the media and in consumer culture. Specific to Miwa Yanagi’s work are references to fairy tales, film and literature, which point out how these traditional forms have shaped our collective psyches and contributed to the social and political perceptions of women. Audience members should look forward to a robust discussion and the opportunity to hear the artist speak about her own very engaging work. There will be a Q & A after the presentation.”

About the Panelists:

Peggy Orenstein
Peggy Orenstein, internationally recognized writer, editor, and speaker, is author of the New York Times best-selling memoir, Waiting for Daisy: A Tale of Two Continents, Three Religions, Five Infertility Doctors, An Oscar, An Atomic Bomb, A Romantic Night, and One Woman’s Quest to Become a Mother. Her December 2006 article for the New York Times Magazine, “What’s Wrong with Cinderella?” details with humor and bathos her own struggle with her daughter’s desire to be a princess. She has written for other publications including Vogue and The New Yorker. Ms. Orenstein is also a past United States-Japan Foundation Media Fellow as well as a recipient of the Asian Cultural Council’s Arts in Japan Fellowship.

Anne Wilkes Tucker
Anne Wilkes Tucker is the Gus and Lyndall Wartham Curator of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. As the founding curator, she has overseen the growth of the collection to over 22,000 works and has organized numerous acclaimed exhibitions. Considered a premier expert on photography, she has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Getty Center. She was honored by TIME Magazine in 2001 as “America’s Best Curator.” Her essay, “Three Views/ One Eye: Miwa Yanagi’s Perception of Women” is available in the exhibition’s accompanying catalogue.

Manon Slome (Moderator)
Manon Slome has been the Chief Curator of the Chelsea Art Museum since it was founded over four years ago. During that time she has curated and resided over 30 exhibitions including Anxiety, Surface Tension, From the Poster to the Street, Courtney Smith, Jean Miotte: Spirit of Defiance, Michael Bevilacqua: Drawing under the Influence and, most recently, Dangerous Beauty. Previously at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, she curated Africa: The Art of a Continent, and China: 5000 Years, in addition to the exhibition, The Art of the Motorcycle, at the Guggenheim in Bilbao. She is a past Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her essay “Miwa Yanagi: Where do you go to my lovely..?” is available in the exhibition’s accompanying catalogue.

Miwa Yanagi
Artist Miwa Yanagi was born in Kobe, Japan in 1967 and graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in museums and Bienials worldwide, including Osaka Contemporary Art Center, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, the Ludwig Museum, Budapest, the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo and the Sydney Bienial, Australia. Her work is currently included in the current Global Feminisms exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, New York.

The exhibition “Miwa Yanagi: Deutsche Bank Collection” opens at the Chelsea Art Museum, Home of The Miotte Foundation, in New York on May 4 and runs through August 25, 2007.

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“BOMBAY JADOO” by Photographer Betsy Karel: Booksigning at the Rubin Museum in NYC This Friday

Betsy Karel’s book BOMBAY JADOO is just off the press (Steidl, 2007) and looks stunning. The Washington, DC based photographer will be giving a talk and signing books this coming Friday May 4th at the Rubin Museum in NYC as part of it’s Friday night K2 series of activities; one of the authors who contributed to this book, Suketu Mehta will be present as well.

Photographer Alec Soth is quoted in the press release for this title as follows:
“A friend of mine who lives in Mumbai recently came home on vacation and praised NYC’s quiet streets and fresh air. I’ve never been to Mumbai. I can only imagine the flood of relentless stimuli. It takes a special gift to find order in all of this. With Bombay Jadoo, Betsy Karel not only sees the order, she sees the grace.”

The galleries at the Rubin are open to the public on Friday nights, and with both Lynn Davis “Illuminations” and The Missing Peace Project exhibitions on view, this is a perfect Friday night to visit the Rubin.

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