Archive for October 25, 2007

Pieter Hugo: Aperture West Collaborative Lecture Series in LA/SF/Seattle, November 1/2/3

An Aperture West Program coming to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle:

South African artist, Pieter Hugo has received international acclaim in the last two years. He has been named the Standard Bank Young Artist for 2007, and won first prize in the Portraits section of the 2006 World Press Photo competition. Hugo’s work has been included in the traveling exhibition reGeneration: 50 Photographers of Tomorrow, as well as in Colors and Aperture magazines.

Thursday, November 01, 2007
7:00 p.m.

at the Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, California
(310) 443-7000

Friday, November 02, 2007
Introductory Presentation by Leon Borenzstein
Leon Borenzstein is an internationally renowned photographer whose work has appeared in Life, Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, and Vogue International. He has had one-person exhibitions at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, the Cleveland Art Museum, Centre Nationale de la Photographie, Paris, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, and others. A project with the Oakland Creative Growth Center produced the book One is Adam, One is Superman in 2004. His photographs can be found in the collections of major museums such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Biblioteque Nationale, Paris, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He received a 2003 California Council for the Humanities grant, and a 1987 Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. He lives in Oakland, California.
7:30 p.m.

PhotoAlliance at the San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, California
(415) 781-8111

Saturday, November 03, 2007
5 p.m.

at the Henry Art Gallery
15th Avenue NE and NE 41st Street
Seattle, Washington
(206) 616-8626

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Stephen Shames at MoPA in San Diego: Lecture and Workshop in November

NOTE: MoPA announces reduced hours due to wild fires: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

MoPA is currently accepting monetary donations for fire victims. Contact MoPA for details:, 619.238.7559.

MoPA and The Julia Dean Photo Workshops present…

Photography for Social Change with Stephen Shames

November 8-10, 2007

Lecture: Thursday, November 8, 2007
7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Theater
Cost: $8.00 members, $10.00 students, $12.00 general

Workshop: Friday, November 9 & Saturday, November 10
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at MoPA
Cost: $625 + $40 facility fees

Stephen Shames is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the Kodak Crystal Eagle Award for Impact in Photojournalism, World Hunger Year, World Press, Leica (3 times), Luis Valtuña Humanitarian, International Center of Photography (Special Recognition), Robert F. Kennedy Journalism (2nd & 3rd), and New York Art Director’s Club (Gold). Steve is the author of three monographs: Outside the Dream: Child Poverty in America, Pursuing the Dream: What Helps Children and Their Families Succeed and The Black Panthers. He has testified about child poverty to the US Senate and served as featured speaker at Visa Pour L’Image, Perpignan, France; the American Bar Association and Children’s Defense Fund national conferences, and the University of California at Berkeley. Steve has started the Stephen Shames Foundation which locates forgotten children in Africa with innate talents and molds them into leaders. He is represented by the Steven Kasher Gallery, New York (Art) and currently resides in New York City.

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Universal Studios: “Tracking the Art School in a Globalized World” Panel at SVA NYC 10/30

An offering from the series “ART IN THE FIRST PERSON: School of Visual Arts Lectures, Fall 2007:

Universal Studios: Tracking the Art School in a Globalized World

Tuesday, October 30, 7pm

209 East 23 Street, 3rd floor
Free and open to the public

The BFA Fine Arts and Art History Departments present Universal Studios: Tracking the Art School in a Globalized World, a panel discussion examining the practice of visual art today.

From starving artist to artist-as-entrepreneur, from artist-researcher to artist-as-activist, the persona of the artist operates in multiple guises. As artists gain currency within frenzied global art markets and international art fairs, how are art schools being affected by recent patterns of cultural consensus? From million-dollar kitsch to sensorial spectacle, from tell-all biographies to video feats of endurance, have the visual arts become just another contributor to the entertainment industry? How can a critical appreciation of art be addressed now? Distinguished educators, critics and artists will explore different perspectives within the field.


Suzanne Anker is an artist and theorist whose work intersects the visual arts and biological sciences. Forthcoming books include: Visual Culture and the Biosciences (National Academy of Sciences and University of Maryland) and Neuroculture: Picturing the Biology of Mind (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press). She is chair of the BFA Fine Arts Department at SVA.

Michael Archer is an educator, critic, writer and artist. His focus on contemporary art has led him to write Installation Art (Thames & Hudson, 2002) and a survey, Art Since 1960 (Thames & Hudson, 2002). In the 1980s and 1990s he made a number of performances and exhibitions with William Furlong, which featured sound as an intrinsic component of their work. He is Head of School at the University of Oxford’s Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art.

Miriam van Rijsingen is an art historian. Her areas of expertise include feminist and gender studies and the boundaries of art history, including aesthetics, semiotics, cultural studies and new media. Having published on the representation of the body in Western art, she is now working on the topic of art and anatomy in contemporary art. She teaches at the University of Amsterdam and is co-director of The Art and Genomics Center at Leiden University.

Shelley Rice is a photo historian, critic and curator. She is the co-curator of the Avon Collection of Contemporary Women’s Photography and the editor of Inverted Odysseys: Claude Cahun, Maya Deren, Cindy Sherman (MIT Press, 1999). She has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency, two NEA grants, and the PEN/Jerard Fund Award for Nonfiction Essay. She is an associate arts professor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Raphael Rubinstein is a senior editor at Art in America and faculty member in the MFA Art Criticism and Writing department at SVA. His writing includes a book of poems, The Basement of the Cafe Rilke (1996), Polychrome Profusion: Selected Art Criticism 1990-2002 (2003) and Critical Mess: Art Critics on the State of Their Practice, (2006) all from Hard Press Editions.

I ADVISE YOU ARRIVE EARLY TO ENSURE SEATING; this is a small lecture hall.

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Kenro Izu at the Rubin Museum NYC: Booksigning, Lecture and Exhibition

Two events at the Rubin Museum will celebrate the opening of the exhibition “Bhutanh The Sacred Within” Photographs by Kenro Izu:

Exhibition Opening and Book Signing
Friday, November 2nd 6:30 – 9:00

PhotoTalk: The Sacred Within
Kenro Izu in conversation with neuroscientist Owen Flanagan, introduced by Miles Barth.
Saturday, November 3rd, 4:00 p.m.
$15.00 (includes admission to the exhibition).
Tickets: 212 620 5000 x344

About the exhibition from the RMA website:
“After years of pilgrimage to sacred landscapes and spiritual monuments, the photographer Kenro Izu has turned his masterful lens to the sacred within. Bhutan, the Sacred Within is his final work in a trilogy on this theme, and the second to be premiered at the Rubin Museum of Art. Izu takes the people of Bhutan and their particular blending of an indigenous religion and Buddhist thought as his subject. The meticulously crafted portraits he has made express the purity of those beliefs and their resonance in the larger world of today.”

The exhibition will be on view November 2, 2007 – Spring 2008.

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