Archive for February 13, 2008

Panel Discussion: “From News To Art” This Saturday in Beacon, New York

from the press release:


Saturday, February 16 at 4pm
Fovea Exhibitions, 143 Main Street, Beacon
Open to the public, free admission

“Join Robert Stevens, faculty at the School of Visual Arts and former Time Magazine photo editor, as he moderates a discussion about the journey of a photograph from news to art.

Guests include: Danielle Jackson, Magnum Photos, magazine editors and curators.
This panel discussion is held in conjunction with the exhibition “Double Blind: Lebanon Conflict 2006” Photographs by PAOLO PELLEGRIN

EXHIBITON SHOWING THROUGH MARCH 2, 2008 at Forea Exhibitions, Beacon, New York


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Jen Bekman to Lecture at Minnesota Center for Photography on February 18

NYC-based galleriest JEN BEKMAN will be speaking next Monday at the Minnesota Center for Photography.

Monday, February 18th, 7 p.m. (free) at MCP; call (612) 824-5500 for more information.

From the MCP website:

“Jen Bekman, owner of the Jen Bekman Gallery (New York), founder of quarterly photo competition Hey Hot Shot! and the online art-lovers dream 20×200 will be speaking at the center. Description coming soon!

Jen Bekman is a gallery owner, a writer, and a native New Yorker. When prevailed upon to describe herself and detail her accomplishments, she refers to herself in the third person so as not to seem like a swell-headed bragger.

Her eponymous gallery in NYC is on the Eastern edge of Spring St, where it meets the Bowery. Jen publishes Personism, a blog about photography, design, current events and issues, along with maintaining blogs for the gallery itself: Jen Bekman news and the gallery’s quarterly photo competition, Hey, Hot Shot!. Established in 2005, Hey, Hot Shot! debuts ten new talented photographers to the public four times a year with dedicated shows at Jen Bekman Gallery. Her most recent venture is 20×200, a site that offers limited edition art prints at ridiculously affordable prices.

Propelled by a mix of curiosity, naiveté and hubris, Jen has explored numerous careers and interests. Born and raised in New York City where she attended Stuyvesant High School and later Hunter College, she’s been a switchboard operator, a jewelry designer, and dabbled in jazz publishing and producing. Her interest in writing, design, and media led her to a career directing community and editorial efforts for groundbreaking internet companies such as New York Online, Electric Minds, and Netscape. She went on to oversee Interactive Programming efforts at Disney/GO Networks. In 2000, she moved back to NYC and continued her internet career as the Chief Creative Officer at an AOL-funded streaming video company and then later at Meetup, where she was the VP of User Development.

In 2003, Jen struck out in an entirely new direction and opened her gallery. Her internet experience, integral to her PR and marketing strategy, and her fresh perspective on the art world helped the gallery quickly establish itself as an exciting, unique space with a critically acclaimed program, focusing on emerging artists and innovative group shows.

Jen and her gallery have been featured in various magazines and newspapers including The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, New York, The New York Post (on Page Six no less!), The New York Times, The New York Daily News, The New York Sun, The Boston Phoenix, Metro NY, Ready Made, Dwell, The Village Voice and W; multiple online publications including Daily Candy, Manhattan Users’ Guide, Apartment Therapy, Curbed, Gawker, and Gothamist and in art-related publications including Art in America, ARTFORUM, Artnet, From the Floor, Photo District News, and Photograph.

In January of 2007, American Photo named Jen Bekman an Innovator of the Year. Jen frequently makes public appearances, participating in panels and portfolio reviews and leading seminars. She has spoken at the AIGA annual conference and participated in portfolio reviews at Review Santa Fe, Parsons, The New York Foundation for the Arts, and PhotoExpo. She recently juried the 30th Anniversary Member’s Exhibition for the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University and has participated in the Mentors Program at the School of Visual Arts (New York)for several years.

In her copious free time, Jen does some rabble-rousing and freelance writing. She is a vociferous proponent of gender diversity on speaker rosters at conferences and maintains the List of Women Speakers For Your Conference to help conference planners achieve that goal. She has also published articles and interviews in GOOD Magazine and photo-eye Booklist. ”

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“Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes” Exhibition Opens This Friday at the Walker Art Center

From the Walker Art Center website:

“Because suburbia occupies a dominant presence in so many lives—a place of not only residence but also of work, commerce, worship, education, and leisure—it has become a focal point for competing interests and viewpoints. The suburbs have always been a fertile space for imagining both the best and the worst of modern social life. On the one hand, the suburbs are portrayed as a middle-class domestic utopia and on the other as a dystopic world of homogeneity and conformity. Both of these stereotypes belie a more realistic understanding of contemporary suburbia and its dynamic transformations, and how these representations and realities shape our society, influence our culture, and impact our lives.

The intention of Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes is to demonstrate how the American suburb has played a catalytic role in the creation of new art. Challenging preconceived ideas and expectations about suburbia (either pro or con), the exhibition hopes to impart a better understanding of how those ideas were formed and how they are challenged by contemporary realities. The exhibition features artwork by Gregory Crewdson, Dan Graham, Catherine Opie, and Edward Ruscha and Brian Ulrich, among others, and architectural projects by firms such as Fashion.Architecture.Taste, The Center for Land Use Interpretation, MVRDV, and Estudio Teddy Cruz.

Worlds Away will be accompanied by a 320-page, fully illustrated catalogue featuring essays and interviews which provide a revisionist and even contrarian take on the conventional wisdom surrounding American suburban life.

Curator: Andrew Blauvelt, Design Director and Curator, with Tracy Myers, Curator, Heinz Architectural Center

Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes is organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, in association with the Heinz Architectural Center at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. “

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Thomas Kellner Speaks at the Boston Athenaeum, February 14

German photographer Thomas Kellner has recently completed a commission for the Boston Athenaeum. The works, entitled “ALL SHOOK UP” are on view through April 19th. Click here for maps/directions; call for more information call (617) 227-0270.

From the Athenaeum website:

“In his Anthaeum series, Kellner’s analytical eye plays with the symmetry, the decorative patterns of ironwork and mouldings, the rhythmic alternations of white pilasters and color-filled alcoves that characterize the grand two-story rooms. The result is joyful, festive, animated, but solid. As our director Richard Wendorf writes in his introductory essay for the exhibition catalog, Kellner’s images celebrate the Athenaeum’s interior space by ‘visually lending it a kinetic energy that metaphorically invokes the intellectual and cultural vitality of the institution.”

“Kellner’s vibrant images are composed of contact sheets and the process of their assembly is painstaking. The artist sketches his subject, then makes a grid and determines the size of the final image – how many frames he will shoot across and how many up. When the shooting begins, Kellner works from right to left, from bottom to top, ‘literally building up the scene’ as Richard Wendorf says, and methodically ticking off each shot in his notebook documenting the position of the camera. Most of the Athenaeum interiors were composed on a grid eighteen frames across and twenty frames up, for a total of 360 intensly observed shots per image.”

A fully-illustrated catalog of the exhibition, with an introductory essay by Richard Wendorf, is available for purchase at the Boston Athnaeum for $20.00.

NOTE: Read the comment below from the commissioning institution for more information.

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