Archive for November, 2007

The New Museum of Contemporary Art: New Building Opens This Weekend in NYC

This Saturday, The New Museum opens its new building  at 235 Bowery between Stanton and Rivington Streets on the Lower East Side in Manhattan.

One of the many great programs being initiated is Target First Saturdays for Families.

From the website: “Beginning Saturday, March 1, 2008 and continuing on the first Saturday of each month, Target First Saturdays for Families at the New Museum will offer special, hands-on programs designed for families with children and young adults 6 to 15 years old, conducted by trained Museum educators. Families will have the opportunity to explore the New Museum’s exhibitions through thematic tours and lively conversations with artists, and to engage in creative activities designed specifically for certain age groups. Each program will run approximately 45 minutes, with 2 sessions running simultaneously—one for children ages 6 to 10, and another for ages 11 to 15. Target First Saturdays for Families offers 2 morning sessions, the first at 10 a.m. and the second at 11 a.m.

Target First Saturdays for Families are free of charge, and include free Museum admission for up to 3 adults per family. Children under 18 are always admitted free. Advance registration is required. Tickets must be picked up at the information desk 15 minutes prior to the start of the program. Registration begins 15 minutes before each session.

For more information about Target First Saturdays for Families, please write to or call 212.219.1222 x235.”

Another interesting series to enjoy is “THE NEW SILENT.”

From the website:   “The New Silent Series will present contemporary art engaged with new technology. The series will include screenings and performances, as well as a critical conversational strand that will bring together leading scholars, artists, critics, and public figures to illuminate the complex interactions between technology, culture, and creative practice. The series will present artists working at the furthest reaches of technological experimentation as well as those responding to the broader aesthetic and political implications of new tools and media. The New Silent Series takes its name from the generational theories of Neil Howe and William Strauss, who have written about the deep influence that new technologies will have on the generation born after 1996.”

Click here to view upcoming events in this series.

Here’s a link to an interview Robert Ayers conducted recently with New Museum Director Lisa Phillips “On Leading The New New Museum” that was featured in today’s Art Info newsletter (originally published in the fall issue of Museums magazine).

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Sylvia Plachy Talk and Book Signing in NYC on December 3

From the Aperture website:

Sylvia Plachy
Talk and Book Signing

Monday, December 03, 2007
7:00 p.m.

Free Admission

Barnes & Noble
Chelsea Branch

675 6th Avenue
New York, New York
(212) 727-1227

Sylvia Plachy was the first photographer assigned to shoot the opening photograph of the essential Goings On About Town section of The New Yorker. Plachy will discuss key images from this exclusive assignment, which are featured in her latest Aperture book, Goings On About Town: Photographs for The New Yorker (co-published with The New Yorker, October 2007). Plachy explores the city’s dynamics from the inside out, revealing the vital and at times wacky creativity that energizes New York around the clock.

Book Synopsis
For a little over a year, and conceived as part of The New Yorker’s redesign of its front section in 2005, Sylvia Plachy was the first photographer ever to be assigned to shoot the opening photograph of the essential Goings On About Town section of the legendary magazine.

From the Mermaid Parade on Coney Island to Forest Park in Queens, and from backstage to center stage, in Goings On About Town, Plachy explores the city’s dynamics from the inside out, revealing the vital and at times wacky creativity that energizes New York around the clock. In doing so, she presents hidden gems that we might otherwise never get to see up close, such as Macy’s workshop in New Jersey for the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Plachy’s particular humor and way of looking feels particularly suited to these assignments. Almost entirely in color, this volume also includes some images that have never been published. Joyful and idiosyncratic, Goings On About Town is quintessentially Sylvia Plachy, and quintessentially New York.

Copublished with The New Yorker.

Click here to listen to an interview with Plachy on Lens Culture.

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Small Press Book Fair in NYC This Weekend

If you are interested in publishing a book of your work, don’t miss attending this fair and some of the exceptional public programs offered! I am particularly interested in the seminars on book agents, self-publishing and publicity.

From the website of the New York Center for Independent Publishing:


Book Fair Hours: Saturday, December 1st 10am – 6pm ; Sunday, December 2nd 11am – 5pm

FREE ADMISSION! (Your $1 donation helps keep it free!) For a full list of programs, including days and times, click here.

LOCATION: The New York Center for Indpendent Publishing is located in the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen Landmark Building at 20 West 44th Street (bet. 5th and 6th Aves) in midtown Manhattan.

Saturday, December 1st, 10am to 6pm

  • [10:30am – 11:45am] Indie Press Author Read-a-thon
  • [12:00pm – 12:50pm] In the Flesh: Writing and Publishing Erotica moderated by Rachel Kramer Bussel
  • [1:00pm – 1:50pm] An Insider’s Look at Book Publicity: Essential Tips from Publishing’s Publicists
  • [2:00pm – 2:50pm] Ian MacKaye (Fugazi) on Independent Culture: Q&A with an introduction by Ian Svenonius
  • [3:00pm – 3:50pm] Keep Your Eyes Open: Ian Svenonius Interviews Photographer Glen E. Friedman (with Slide Show Presentation)
  • [4:00pm – 4:50pm] Celebrate 20 Years of our Book Fair: Tama Janowitz (Slaves of New York) & Arthur Nersesian (The F*ck-Up) read from their iconic 1980s novels
  • [5:00pm – 5:50pm] Katha Pollitt: Learning to Drive – Memoirist and Nation Columnist
  • [10:00am – 6:00pm] The Literary Cafe is Open All Day!

Sunday, December 2nd, 11am to 5pm

  • [11:15am – 11:45am] Indie Press Author Read-a-thon
  • [12:00pm – 12:50pm] Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent’s Eye with Katharine Sands
  • [1:00pm – 1:50pm] Authorpreneurship: Achieving Success with Self-Publishing and Other Publishing Options, with Stephanie Gunning and Richard Ridley
  • [2:00pm – 2:50pm] Qu’est-ce Que C’est Sex and Violence: Permissibility in Translation – Amy Scholder, Chad Post, Slava Mogutin, Sinan Antoon
  • [3:00pm – 3:50pm] Rugged and Raw: Cutting-edge Urban Readings from Amiri Baraka, Hattie Gossett, and Aaron Petrovich
  • [4:00pm – 4:50pm] The Literary Trivia Quiz Smackdown: A Public Space vs. The New York Review of Books
  • [11:00am – 5:00pm] The Literary Cafe is Open All Day!

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Panel Discussion and Book Signing at MoPA, San Diego, Sunday December 2nd

At 1:00 p.m. this coming Sunday, The Museum of Photographic Arts will host a panel discussion on book publishing (Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theater).

“Join MoPA’s Curator Carol McCusker for a panel discussion with photo historian Bill Jay and photographers Arthur Lavine, Michael Rauner, Lisa M. Robinson, Kim Stringfellow and Wendy Richmond. They will discuss the process of publishing a completed photography book. Afterward, there will be a book signing in MoPA’s Atrium with each of the artists, as well as an opportunity for informal discussion.”

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December Benefit Auctions: SF Camerawork and Friends Without A Border (NYC)

Tis’ the season to be generous and support non-profit organizations. Two more benefit auctions are happening in December:

San Francisco Camerawork

Saturday, December 1, 2007 at 1:00 pm (Registration begins at 11:00 am)

657 Mission Street, 2nd Floor (between New Montgomery & Third Streets)

Dale Stulz



December 11th:

11th Annual Friends of Friends Photography Auction
benefiting the Angkor Hospital for Children, founded by photographer Kenro Izu

Date: December 11, 2007
Location: Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 West 18 St., #5L The Level,
New York, NY 10011

“Join us December 11, 2007 at the Metropolitan Pavillion, 123 West 18th Street, #5FL The Level, New York, NY 10011. 6:00-7:00 Silent Auction preview and cocktail hour/ 7:00-8:30 Live Auction. $50 donation. In exchange for the donation you will receive a duotone and four-color museum-quality auction catalog and paddle number. All of the artwork for successful bids will be delivered before the holidays. All proceeds benefit Angkor Hospital for Children.”


And, this just in from The Photo Review:

“The Photo Review Benefit Auction was very close to our record of last year. Still, a few lots did no’t meet their minimum reserves and were bought in. So once again we are having a sealed bid auction of unsold lots from this year’s auction.

If you would like to participate, you can view the auction and bid online at Only the available lots are now posted.

So that your purchases can reach you in time for holiday gift giving, absentee bidding closes at midnight on December 14, 2007 and then the lots will be offered on and eBay on December 15 starting at 2 p.m. Eastern Time and lasting an hour or so.

Please note that if you haven’t done so, you need to register beforehand to particpate in Live Auction.

Alternatively, you can request a list of the remaining lots and their minimum prices.

We will also honor our “End This Auction” feature through the closing date: bid the high estimate and the auction ends immediately and the lot is yours.

Thank you again for your support.

With best wishes for the holiday season,


Stephen Perloff”

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MVS Marketing Seminar in NYC: Saturday, December 8

I’m giving a marketing seminar in New York City on Saturday, December 8th, sponsored by En Foco and held at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in the Village. The seminar will run 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (check in at 9:30) and cover a wide range of essential tools for marketing your work.

For full details click here.
Members of En Foco are given a discount on registration fees; I encourage all of you non-members to join En Foco and support this important organization.

Space is limited so register soon!

I look forward to seeing many of my readers there.

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Lisa M. Robinson Lecture/Book Signing November 29th at the Telfair, Savannah Georgia

Photographer Lisa M. Robinson will be giving a lecture and book signing in Savannah on November 29th.

From the Telfair Museum website:

“In keeping with the theme of landscape photography initiated in response to the museum’s current Ansel Adams exhibition, the Telfair and the Jack Leigh Gallery present a lecture and book-signing by photographer Lisa M. Robinson. Robinson grew up in Savannah, studied with the late Jack Leigh, and later received an MFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She has received numerous honors and awards, including a Fulbright scholarship to pursue photographic projects in Argentina. Robinson will sign copies of her new book Snowbound immediately following the lecture.”

The current issue of Photo-Eye Booklist features an image by Robinson on the cover, and an interview the artist within the magazine.

From the Photo-Eye Booklist website:

“Our cover image is by Lisa M. Robinson from her series and first monograph Snowbound, accompanied by an interview with Patrick Amsellem, associate curator of photography at the Brooklyn Museum. I have followed Lisa’s work for the past three years while she searched for a publisher, and am proud to feature the work and congratulate Kehrer Verlag for believing in it.” Darius Himes, Editor

Click here to read the full text of the interview.

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