Archive for August, 2008

UPDATE: SOLD OUT! Photolucida, April 2009: Registration opens online on Wednesday, 8/27/08

UPDATE: Registration for Photolucida 2009 opened yesterday at 9 a.m. PST, and was sold out in one short hour.

Photolucida, the 4-day portfolio review event held every other spring in Portland, Oregon will be held April 23-26; open registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. PST on Wednesday morning, August 27th. Registration will accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

The event website states: “Photolucida does not jury it’s Portfolio Reviews, but we strive to keep the level of work of participants high. Participants should be mid-career photographers, with a recent history of exhibitions and/or publication. For a good reference of where your work should be professionally, please look at the work of artists in Critical Mass Top 50.”

If you register for this or any portfolio review event, remember that thoughtful research and preparation will aid you in beginning professional relationships; continuing that dialogue will be up to you. I encourage you to try to stay at the event hotel for the community such a gathering offers, and begin life-long friendships with your peers.

Portland is a great walking town, and the Benson Hotel is a short walk from the efficient MAX light rail system from the Portland Airport to downtown Portland, and you won’t need a rental car when at Photolucida.

As with any event that you must register for in advance, be sure to review the cancellation policy in the event that you are unable to participate.

I look forward to meeting many of you in Portland next April!

To read my recent blog entry on attending portfolio reviews, click here

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Roberta Smith on Public Art: Today’s NYT

The venerable art critic ROBERTA SMITH on the state of public art in Today’s NYT.

See the accompanying multimedia slide show here.


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Report from London: Today’s

Check out this piece by Sam Delaney published in today’s London Telegraph on shooting casual snapshots in urban settings: “Has our increasingly parnoid society declared war on the humble ‘weekend’ snapper?”

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“Your (Nonpartisan) Message Here” Your Voice and Art at the Political Conventions SOON!

When I’m on a tear from city to city, the print media piles up in my suitcase… always a delight to discover the gems, slightly old news or not! In case you missed it – Sunday’s New York Times featured an excellent guide to the public art events that the nation, if not the world, will be watching. Click here to read the feature by Julie Bloom. In Denver, “Dialogue:City” was conceived by Seth Goldenberg and includes its Mayor John Hickenlooper as one of the planners. The project has been funded independently from the city budget. In Minneapolis/St. Paul, the “Unconvention,” concieved by Steve Dietz, partners with regional arts organizations and educational institutions. An example: read the Walker Art Center’s blog. There is a strong sense of collaboration with their individual communities as well as the other host metropolis, with some works appearing in both Denver and the Twin Cities. I urge you to engage in these unique festivals at this extraordinary time.

Some of you will remember Steve Dietz from his years in publishing photographic books for Aperture, moving on to head publications and new media initiative as the National Museum of American Art and the Smithsonian, and later as the founding director of New Media Initiatives for the Walker Art Center. It has been terribly interesting watching his work integrating emerging media arts into our public museums and indeed our communities. He headed “ZeroOne San Jose: A Global Festival of Art on the Edge at the 13th International Symposium of Electronic Art (ISEA) and is a principle in YProductions in Minneapolis.

Click here to read an early piece Dietz authored during his tenure at the Walker entitled “beyond.interface: net art and Art on the Net II.” Note that within his bio in this piece, it states: In December, he is curating an exhibition, “Digital Documentary: the need to know and the urge to show” for pARTS Photographic Arts Gallery in Minneapolis. 1998, I believe. Ahead of the curve, and always one to lead us into tomorrow.

Seth Goldenberg’s work is new to me, coming from a position as the Director of the Office of Public Engagement at the Rhode Island School of Design to serving as director and curator of “Dialog:City.” He is clearly a for-the-people person, one who shares the spotlight and the credit, as the “ABOUT” page on the event website attests to. Something tells me that Goldenberg will be drawing the public to exciting community arts projects for years to come.

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“O’Keeffe and the Camera: The Art of Identity” Exhibition: Special Lecture in Portland Maine August 21

Last week I was fortunate to be able to see the exhibition “O’Keeffe and the Camera: The Art of Identity” at the Portland (Maine) Museum of Art, where it will be on view through September 7th (it will then travel to the O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico from September 26 – February 1, 2009). The Museum has produced a wonderful catalogue to accompany the exhibition.


On Thursday, August 21st there will be a special event to benefit the 2008 Photography Fund at the Museum:

Recollecting O’Keeffe Through the Eyes of Two Photographers
Exhibition tour at 5 p.m., lecture at 6 p.m.

“Enjoy a private viewing of the exhibition Georgia O’Keeffe and the Camera: The Art of Identity, and a conversation with noted O’Keeffe photographers Dan Budnik and John Loengard. Budnik is renowned for his portraits of pioneering American artists in the 1950s and 1960s and Life magazine photographer Loengard for his photographic essays on O’Keeffe.

Price is $25.00 for the general public, and $5.00 for students.”

This is a great way to support the Photography Fund, see this terrific exhibition and hear two amazing individuals in our field speak on their experiences with O’Keeffe. (It is one of Dan’s portraits of O’Keeffe that is far and away my favorite of Miss O’Keeffe, capturing her character and will in such a beautiful manner.)

You can view two podcasts related to the exhibition:

Curator Susan Danly on the her ideas for the exhibition here, and she provide an overview of the exhibition here.

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September 13 in NYC: Portfolio Reviews from EN FOCO

I received this from Miriam Romais, Executive Director of EN FOCO, announcing their NYC Reviews; you must be a current member to participate. Bios for all Reviewers are on the event’s website entry. Note that each registrant is guaranteed three sessions; first to register get first pick of Reviewers with whom to meet. If you’ve not attended a review event before, attending this one-day event would be great prep for the longer, larger review events:

“En Foco’s Portfolio Review Sessions, offers one-on-one reviews with NY and CA curators and editors on the same day, in a supportive, culturally diverse and affordable environment. Reviewers can advise about opportunities and/or provide guidance on career development. Each review session lasts for 20 minutes (with 5 min in between each); photographers are guaranteed a minimum of three reviews and receive a ‘gift bag.’ Upon registration, participants also receive an article written by Mary Virginia Swanson on how to best prepare themselves & their portfolio, for the Review.

First Registered = First Choice of Reviewers,
so don’t procrastinate!!

Location: Calumet Photographic, 22 W. 22nd Street, New York, NY
Date: Saturday, September 13, 2008, 10am-5pm
Cost: $100 members; $145 non-members (includes membership: all are welcome to join!)

Pre-Registration required: online at, or call: 718/931-9311

Direct Link here.
Reviewer´s confirmed to date (8/15/08):
* Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, Jersey City Museum
* Kalia Brooks, Studio Museum in Harlem
* Mary Ann Fahey, Umbrella Arts Gallery
* Elizabeth Ferrer, Rotunda Gallery (am session only)
* Hannah Frieser, Light Work
* Elvis Fuentes, El Museo del Barrio
* Michelle Graham, Getty Images
* Charles Guice, Charles Guice Contemporary
* Lisa Henry, Independent Curator
* Stella Kramer, Photography Consultant
* Joanna Lehan, Aperture
* Vincent Nelson, Black Book
* Edwin Ramoran, ALJIRA Center for Contemporary Art
* Elizabeth Shank, Silverstein Gallery (am session only)
* Jill Waterman, PDNedu and ASMP Bulletin
* Deborah Willis, Curator, Historian”

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PhotoNOLA Registration Open NOW

8/16/08 NOTE from MVS:  At the close of the first day, registration had passed the 1/2 way mark.  If you haven’t registered and hope to attend, do so promptly!

Registration for PHOTONOLA in New Orleans opened earlier this morning. The complete event website is up, so if attending (or in the area) don’t forget to consider coming in early for their kick-off Gala event on December 4th at the New Orleans Museum of Art, taking a workshop with Susan Burnstine or staying late for book signings on December 13th with Maggie Taylor and Keith Carter at A Gallery for Fine Photography. The full schedule PhotoNOLA is posted on the site under CALENDAR.

Jennifer Shaw and I have been in touch this morning, and I can tell you the caliber of photographers who have already registered in these few hours is exciting and will be a treat for the Reviewers to meet. Those who can attend the December 6th Portfolio Walk at the host hotel, International House, will have a feast for the eyes and mind.

I look forward to seeing all of you there!

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