Archive for April, 2008

“Two Women, Two Books, Two Approaches” at Simmons College/Boston, Sunday April 27

From the New England Women In Photography E-Blast:
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Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change
Connecting Simmons to the Community and the Community to Simmons

New England Women in Photography presents

“Two Women, Two Books, Two Approaches”

Sunday, April 27
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Simmons College, 300 the Fenway, Boston
Room C101

Marnie Crawford Samuelson
Stella Johnson

These photographers will share their book projects and discuss the expanded possibilities for publishing in the digital age. Whether you are approaching your project in a traditional book form, looking into self publishing or web distribution, join us in a lively exchange of ideas and methods. Bring questions regarding your own works in progress.

Light Refreshments will be served

Books will be available for sale

RSVP with payment by Monday, April 21st — checks payable to “Simmons Institute for Leadership and
Change” and mail to Diane Hammer, Simmons College, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115.
Payment at door will be $15 – please RSVP

$12 per person, $15 at door, $8 with a copy of your student ID

On street parking (free on Sundays)

Marnie Crawford Samuelson is a photographer and documentary videographer, based in Boston, MA. She has photographed for such magazines as People Magazine and U.S. News & World Report. Marnie collaborated with the late poet, Stanley Kunitz, and poet Genine Lentine on The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden (published by W.W. Norton, 2005). She shot and edited A Box of One’s Own and is working on a video/photo project on Isle Au Haut, Maine.

The work of photographer Stella Johnson has spanned editorial assignments, corporate projects, documentaries and personal artistic expressions. Grounded in her photography training at the San Francisco Art Institute and her advanced degree in journalism from Boston University’s College of Communication, Stella has gone on to work extensively in both the U. S. and overseas with commissions from The Ford Foundation, EarthWatch Institute and Continental Airlines and has had assignments from Time, Fortune and US News and World Report. Her monograph, AL SOL: Photographs from Mexico, Cameroon and Nicaragua was published by the University of Maine Press in 2008. Stella teaches at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University and at Boston University.

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BOSTON: Tina Barney lecture at BU sponsored by PRC This Thursday, 7 pm

I’m off to Boston in the morning and hope to attend this lecture, brought to you by the PRC:

from the e-blast:

Tina Barney
Thursday, April 17, 7pm
BU’s School of Law, Auditorium, 765 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston (Green Line “B” Train – BU Central Stop)
$10 Members/$15 Non-Members/$5 Full-time Students/Free for Students of Institutional Members

Join Tina Barney for a stimulating discussion of her highly influential and groundbreaking photography. Barney first came into prominence in the early 1980s for her ongoing project documenting the affluent lives of her family and close friends. However, it was her decision to partly construct what would otherwise be purely candid and personal moments that has also proven to be the artist’s legacy and lasting influence. By infusing her work with both a candid and staged aesthetic, Barney is able to emphasize the psychological distance between and gestures of her subjects as seen in her monographs Friends and Relations and Theater of Manners: Tina Barney. The artist has since gone on to other prominent bodies of work such as “The Europeans” and has most recently turned her attention to families and subjects living in China.

Friends in Boston tell me it is anticipated to be a full house; tickets are not available ahead of time so plan to be there early; doors open at 6:30.

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Stephan Ruiz/NYC, April 16, Larry Fink in LA, SF and Seattle: Aperture Lecture Series EAST and WEST

From the Aperture Website:

“As part of the ongoing lecture series hosted by Aperture and presented by the department of photography, Parsons The New School for Design, Stefan Ruiz will discuss the work from his recently published monograph, People (Chris Boot, 2006), which gathers striking portraits of Mexican soap stars, Cuban mental asylum residents, Texan cowgirls, and Rwandan refugees. Ruiz’s subjects reveal themselves and their vulnerability through his raw and edgy vision. While serving as Creative Director for COLORS magazine from 2002 to 2004, Ruiz also taught art at San Quentin State Prison. His work has been exhibited at the Havana Biennale, 2003; PhotoEspaña, Madrid, 2003; and an exhibition of the Televisa Studios series is now traveling around Europe.

APERTURE GALLERY, April 16, 6:30 p.m. 547 W. 27TH STREET, 4TH FLOOR 212-505-5555



Photographer Larry Fink will be speaking in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle soon:

Larry Fink is a professional photographer of 45 years. The recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships as well as two NEA grants, he has had one man shows at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, amongst others. He has had many books published, including Social Graces (Aperture 1984, PowerHouse Books 2000), Boxing (powerHouse Books 1997), and The Forbidden Pictures (powerhouse Books 2004), a political satire on the Bush regime. He has been teaching for the past 41 years, the last 16 years of which as a professor of photography at Bard College.


LOS ANGELES on Wednesday, April 16 (Hammer Museum at UCLA, 310-443-7000)

SAN FRANCISCO on Friday, April 18 (PhotoAlliance: San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall, 800 Chestnut Street; 415-781-8111.

SEATTLE on Saturday, April 19th (Seattle Art Museum, 3:30)

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ARCHIVE FEVER: About the Archive Broadly Percieved at the New York Public Library April 14th

Monday, April 14th, 7 p.m. NOTE: This event is SOLD OUT; standby tickets may be available at the door.

From the e-blast: ARCHIVE FEVER

A special symposia, where artists, curators, and critics discuss how archival documents are used to rethink the meaning of identity, history, memory, and loss.

This program is presented in conjunction with the ICP exhibition “Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art.”

Special guests: Christian Boltanski; Paul Holdengräber, Director of Public Programs, “Live from the NYPL”; Okwui Enwezor, Adjunct Curator at ICP; George E. Lewis; Luc Sante; and Lorna Simpson.

One of the most compelling issues explored by artists in recent years centers on the nature and meaning of the archive, that is, how we create, store, and circulate pictures and information.

Against the standard view of the archive which evokes a dim, musty place full of drawers and filing cabinets with historical artifacts or the dusty shelves of the library, an active archival impulse has emerged which engages the attention of contemporary artists and thinkers as a way of shaping and constructing the meaning of images.

Okwui Enwezor, curator of the exhibition Archive Fever—Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art at the International Center of Photography, will sit down with Paul Holdengräber to talk about the archival impulse at work in museums, libraries, and in various artistic practices. This inquiry will be followed by two conversations between first Christian Boltanski and Luc Sante, and then Lorna Simpson and George Lewis.

7:00 – 7:20 pm
Okwui Enwezor & Paul Holdengräber

7:20 – 8:00 pm
Christian Boltanski & Luc Sante

8:00 – 8:40 pm
Lorna Simpson & George Lewis

8:40 pm Q&A

This event is co-sponsored by the International Center of Photography.

About Okwui Enwezor

Okwui Enwezor is adjunct curator at the International Center of Photography and is curator of the current show at ICP, Archive Fever. Enwezor is Dean of Academic Affairs at the San Francisco Art Institute, and has been Visiting Professor in Art History at the University of Pittsburgh. He has held teaching positions at Columbia University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Umea, Sweden. Enwezor was Artistic Director of Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany (1998-2002) and the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale (1996-1997). He is a recipient of the College Art Association’s Frank Jewett Mather Award for Criticism and the Peter Norton Curatorial Award.

About Christian Boltanski

Christian Boltanski is one of France’s best-known artists of the postwar generation. Boltanski has developed a highly personal and often disconcerting oeuvre that challenges basic assumptions of what constitutes an artwork. Using media as diverse as newspaper clippings, used clothes, amateur snapshots, and flickering shadows, Boltanski forges an original universe in which he is frequently the central protagonist. Internationally exhibited, Boltanski has been the recipient of the Laureate of the Praemium Imperiale, 2006, for sculpture; the Kaiser ring, Monchhausmuseum Goslar, 2001; and the Kunstpreis, 2001, given by Nord/LB, Braunschweig, Germany.

About George Lewis

George Lewis serves as the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music, and as the Director of the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship in 2002, an Alpert Award in the Arts in 1999, and fellowships from the Nation

Standby tickets may be available at the door.

Held at the Humanities and Social Sciences Library’s South Court Auditorium, 5th Avenue at 42nd Street; (212) 340-0849

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MVS Seminar at the Griffin Museum: Saturday April 19, 1-4 p.m.

I’m packing up in NYC (AIPAD was great – very interesting work, new dealers and more) and after a few days back in Tucson will head east again to give a 3-hour seminar next Saturday afternoon in Winchester, Massachusetts hosted by the Griffin Museum. Complete details on their website:

I hope to see many of you there!

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Portfolio Reviews at Griffin Museum: RESERVATIONS OPEN THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 11

From the Griffin Museum website:


MAY 9, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

“Take part in this wonderful opportunity to have your work reviewed by leading curators, gallery owners, editors and photo reps including Deborah Willis, Jen Bekman, Henry Horenstein, Brian Clamp, Bernie Toale, Arlette Kayafas, Barbara Hitchcock and more. We will begin taking reservations by phone on Friday April 11, 2008 at 10:00 AM. Call us at 781.729.1158. This year we will make every effort to connect you with your choices. Every reviewer was chosen because of the opportunities and expertise he/she can provide to our reviewees. Keep checking our website for details.

Members $100 Nonmembers $125″

I spoke with the folks at the Griffin today and know that the list of Reviewers is being prepared for posting on their site as I type…

Don’t miss this opportunity – plan on getting on the phone this Friday to confirm your participation!

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MVS To Speak at Brilliant Studio This Tuesday Evening, April 8th

I’m off to Philadelphia today, speaking to the students at Tyler School of Art hosted by Martha Madigan (be sure to check out the public art pieces on her website) and then on Tuesday evening giving a public lecture hosted by Brilliant Studio in Exton, Pennsylvania (near Philadelphia). Doors open for “wine, lite fare and tours of the studio” at 6 p.m.; my lecture will begin at 7:00. ASMP members are given a substantial discount on the fee Brilliant is charging ($30 ASMP members, $50 all others).
Complete details on the Brilliant Studio website’s homepage, from which you can download a PDF.

From there it’s on AIPAD in NYC on Wednesday, where I’m sure I’ll see many of you seeking inspiration from the masterworks and contemporary images, and information on the market for photography.

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