Archive for September 26, 2008

Hank Willis Thomas on the road October 1/2/3 in Seattle/LA/SF: Aperture West Collaborative Lecture Series

From the event website:

“One of today’s most compelling emerging artists, Hank Willis Thomas will discuss the work in his first monograph, Pitch Blackness (Aperture), featuring his highly provocative series B®ANDED, addressing the commodification of African-American male identity. Willis Thomas holds a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and an MFA in photography—along with an MA in visual criticism—from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco. His work has been shown at the Studio Museum in Harlem; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; PS1, New York; and National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., among other venues. He is the recipient of the first Aperture West Book Prize.”

Hank will be speaking at the following Western venues next week:

SEATTLE: Wednesday, October 01, 2008, 7:00 p.m.

Henry Art Gallery
15th Avenue NE and NE 41st Street
Seattle, Washington
(206) 543-2280

LOS ANGELES: Thursday, October 02, 2008, 7:00 p.m.

Hammer Museum
1089 Wilshire Blvd. Gallery Six
Los Angeles, California
(310) 443-7000

SAN FRANCISCO: Friday, October 03, 2008 7:30 p.m.

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

From the publisher’s website:

Book Synopsis
“Hank Willis Thomas gained wide recognition with his highly provocative series B®ANDED, which addresses the commodification of African-American male identity by raising questions about visual culture and the power of logos. Pitch Blackness, his first monograph, includes selections from this series and several others.

The book begins with a deeply personal and interpretive re-telling of the senseless murder of young Songha Willis, the artist’s cousin, who was robbed at gunpoint and murdered outside a nightclub in Philadelphia in 2000. It then charts Hank Willis Thomas’s career as he grapples with the issues of grief, black-on-black violence in America, and the ways in which corporate culture is complicit in the crises of black male identity. The concluding section presents his newest body of work, Unbranded, in which Willis Thomas examines advertising and media representation of African-Americans.

With his characteristic pointedness and dark humor, Willis Thomas shows in Pitch Blackness why he is considered one of today’s most compelling emerging artists. Hank Willis Thomas is the first recipient of the Aperture West Book Prize.

Pitch Blackness, was made possible, in part, by the generous support of Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla, and the LEF Foundation.”


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Print Center Gallery Store Talks in Philadelphia Launch Fall 08 Series: Jeannie Pearce Saturday September 27

The Print Center sponsors a wide range of opportunities for artists. Among them is its Gallery Store, which is a wonderful sales venue with their facility in the heart of Philadelphia.

From the event website:

Gallery Store Talks are an exciting opportunity for artists and art enthusiasts to discuss prints and photographs in The Print Center Gallery Store. Gallery Store Artists and special guests will speak about techniques, subject matter and art collecting in an informal environment. Enjoy a 10% discount in the Gallery Store that day. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, September 27,
12:00-1:00pm *EARLIER TIME*

Brand new to the Gallery Store – Jeannie Pearce is a photographer and Professor at The University of the Arts. A recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship, she has been included in solo and group exhibitions nationally, and her work is held in collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Los Angeles Society for Photographic Studies, The State Museum of Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr College. Her new series, entitled Bird Digiscopes, offers a unique portal into the world of bird sanctuaries. Join us for a fascinating conversation on these highly personalized studies.

While at the Print Center for Jeannie’s talk you will be able to view the current exhibitions:

Nakazora: space between sky and earth
: Masao Yamamoto

Foreclosed: Alejandra Laviada, Gillian Pears, Hirsch Perlman, Tommy Reynolds, Melanie Schiff and Ryan Widger

Read the exhibitions review by Edith Newhall in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

And, mark your calendar for these upcoming Gallery Store Talks:

Saturday, October 18, 2:00-3:00pm

Michael Shannon
Collector and interior designer, Michael Shannon is the founder of Michael Shannon Designs, which handles everything from single room facelifts to complete interior renovations, always with an eye for art. Join Michael as he brings his design expertise to the Gallery Store where he will discuss taking art out of the gallery and bringing it into every room of your home.

This event is part of The Print Center’s Multiple Conversations: An Ongoing Series on Print Collecting

Saturday, November 15, 2:00-3:00pm

Susan Abrams + Stephen Perloff
After working for many years with handmade paper, Susan Abrams began to incorporate photography into her work, printing directly onto handmade paper using an applied silver emulsion to create unique prints with a distinct style and texture. She will be joined by long-time friend and colleague Stephen Perloff, founding Editor of The Photo Review, respected writer, educator and photographer. Stephen has received two critic’s fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Join us for what is sure to be a lively conversation between these two Philly favorites!

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