Archive for October 15, 2008

9 Days in NYC: Photography and Photobook Events, October 18-26

(NOTE TO READERS: I’ve been adding more events to this post as I learn of them, so be sure to review again. MVS)

The period of time between October 18th and the 26th in New York City is going to be very exciting, with exhibitions, awards events, the NY Art Book Fair, the Contemporary Artist Book Conference and the venerable PHOTOPLUS EXPO among others. Here is a list of events; try to take in as many as you can. I know I will!

Saturday, October 18th, 5-10 at Splashlight Soho:

5-6:30 p.m. HERMAN LEONARD, the 2008 Lucie Award Honoree for Achievement in Portraiture. Presentation and Q&A with this legendary photographer.

7-10 p.m. BEST OF SHOW: the IPA Awards – Open to the public (Free)
Curated by William Hunt of Hasted Hunt Gallery

BOTH EVENTS at Splashlight Studios, Soho
ONE HUDSON SQUARE (75 Varick Street, Third Floor) New York, NY 10013
T. 212 268 7247

Complete list of winners can be found here.

Sunday, October 29th, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m., Artist Talk and Book Signing, also at Splashlight’s SoHo Studio, also part of the Lucie Awards:

From the Aperture e-blast: “On Sunday, October 19, Aperture Foundation will conduct book signings with Hank Willis Thomas and Sara Terry following their artist discussion sponsored by EN FOCO‘s Nueva Luz magazine, also taking place at Splashlight. Hank will sign his just release first monograph, Pitch Blackness, which deals with black on black violence in America and the commodification of the African American male in advertising. Sara Terry will sign her recently published book-a-zine, War Is Only Half The Story: The Aftermath Project, featuring the work of the winners of the Aftermath Project’s first annual grant competition, which was founded by Terry, open to working photographers worldwide who cover the aftermath of conflict (2009 application deadline November 3).

Limited seats, RSVP to”

Monday, October 20, 2008: Brown Bag Lunch series at MoMA
12:30 p.m.

At the Center and at the Edge: The Contemporary Artist’s Book

Education Classroom B, mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

From the MoMA Website:

“Join us for lectures on modern and contemporary art. You may bring your own lunch.

The artist’s book has long served as a form that merges, seamlessly or not so seamlessly, elements of image, text, and design. There has been a veritable explosion of artists’ books in the last fifteen years, perhaps as a reaction to the oft-repeated claim that the book is a doomed form in the digital age. This lecture offers a survey of recent artists’ books, including work by Richard Minsky (U.S.), Mindy Belloff (U.S.), Ron King (U.K.) and Ken Campbell (U.K.), and investigates the multiple possibilities (and personalities) of a surprisingly vital mode of expression.

Lecturer Richard Turnbull (Ph.D., Institute of Fine Arts, New York University) is Chair of the Department of Art History at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and is a longtime lecturer at both The Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Tickets ($5; members, students, seniors, and staff of other museums $3) can be purchased online, or at the Museum at the lobby information desk, at the Film desk, or in the Cullman Building lobby.”

(see also THURSDAY October 23rd, below)

Monday night 20th, 6 p.m.: Lucie Awards event at Lincoln Center; some tickets remain.

Tuesday night, 21st 6:30 p.m. Erwin Olaf at Aperture Gallery (Artists Talk and book signing)

547 W. 27th Street, 4th Floor NYC (212) 505-5555

“Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf is a key European figure in both fashion and find art photography. Olaf will discuss his new Aperture monograph, Erwin Olaf, which brings together for the first time three of the artist’s series: Rain, Hope and Grief. Theis luxuriously produced volume features a DVD of his short films.”

Wednesday night 22nd, 6:30: The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Awards Announcement of the 2008 Recepients and the Howard Chapnick Grant

Tishman Auditorium at The New School, 66 West 12th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues

FREE and open to the public; refreshments will be served following the program.

Doors open 6 p.m., seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

Wednesday night 22nd 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.: “Meet Up” for Blurb‘s “Photography Book Now” at the New Museum (afternoon publishing seminar filled; evening “Meet Up” still has tickets – reserve on line; free)

Thursday 24 – November 22: Diana Walker “Political Party” at Howard Greenberg Gallery; reception for the artist on Thursday, October 23rd, 6-8 p.m. HGG, 41 East 57th Street #1406, NYC (212) 334 0010.

Thursday 23th through Saturday 25th – PDN‘s PHOTOPLUS at the Javits Center, the expansive trade show and educational event with lectures, panel discussions and seminars on photography.
I am moderating a panel on THURS from 1-3 p.m.:

First Impression: Selling Yourself in 20 Minutes (panelists from gallery/ad agency/magazine/book jacket markets), and I am giving a lecture on FRIDAY 3:45 – 5:45 p.m.:
“Presenting Your Work to the Fine Art Community” (this lecture is updated frequently)

There are MANY excellent educational programs, including the NGS’ All Roads winners as the Saturday keynote, trade show floor on Saturday at 11:30.

Thursday the 23rd at 12:30 p.m., as a part of this conference, another Brown Bag Lunch series at MoMA:


At the Center and At The Edge: The Contemporary Artist’s Book

(see Monday, 20th above for event details)

Thursday 23rd through Sunday 26th: Contemporary Artists Book Conference

From the event website:


In collaboration with Printed Matter‘s NY Art Book Fair, the Art Libraries Society of New York (ARLIS/NY) announces a conference on contemporary artists’ books.

The program will include speakers, panels, artists’ presentations, institutional tours, and receptions. The conference focuses on recent developments in artists’ books, a period of increasing diversity in the field. The conference will present a rare opportunity to explore the contemporary scene, promising a thought-provoking opportunity for discourse among scholars, collectors, artists, and librarians.

Conference venues include the New York Public Library, Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, and the NY Art Book Fair at Phillips de Pury.

To view event schedule and descriptions, click here


AA Bronson, Printed Matter, Inc.
May Castleberry, Museum of Modern Art
Deirdre Donohue, International Center for Photography
Milan Hughston, Museum of Modern Art
Deirdre Lawrence, Brooklyn Museum
James Mitchell, Metropolitan Museum of Art
David Senior, Museum of Modern Art
Jennifer Tobias, Museum of Modern Art
Tony White, Indiana University”

Friday 24th -Sunday 26th in Chelsea: Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair

Printed Matter’s annual fair of contemporary art books, art catalogs, artists’ books, art periodicals, and ‘zines offered for sale by over 120 international publishers, booksellers, and antiquarian dealers. Admission to the fair is FREE.

Phillips de Pury & Company
450 West 15th Street at 10th Avenue, 3rd floor, NYC (map)

Friday/Saturday, October 24 & 25, 2008, 11am – 7pm
Sunday, October 26, 2008, 11am – 5pm”

and last but certainly not least, two events on Friday night:

Friday evening, October 24th: The exhibition BOOK DUMMIES will open at the ICP Education Gallery. 6-8 pm at 1114 Avenue of the Americas.

“Photographer Victor Sira has curated an exhibition that looks at seven photographers’ approaches to book-making and at the importance of the book form to our photographic practice. The exhibition reveals the process of experimentation involved in book crafting, the importance of sequencing and editing, and contrasting approaches to narrative.” (from Stephanie Cardon)
Morten Andersen | Stephanie Cardon | Yuichi Hibi | Leigh Ledare | Esther Levine | Pax Paloscia | Victor Sira
Book Dummies will be on view in the Education Gallery October 25–December 27, Monday–Sunday, 10:00 am–6:00 pm.
Friday October 24th, 6-8 p.m. :HOMELAND by NINA BERMAN: Exhibition and book launch at
Jen Bekman Gallery, 6 Spring Street near Bowery. Exhibition remains on view through November 15th.
Nina’s statement on this body of work:

“These images are from a series I have been working on since 9-11 called Homeland. The images address issues of militarism, security and identity in contemporary America.

I embarked on the series to make sense of my own confusion over the words patriotism and security.

Why did I wake up some mornings feelings anxious, wondering whether or not to take the subway?

Was I being manipulated? Was my fear a genuine concern? Is my country my protector or my deceiver?

I set out to discover and in my explorations I saw Air force bombers entertaining sunbathers on summer weekends; high schools taken over by the Department of Defense as a solution offered communities desperate for school funding; frequent simulation drills costing millions of dollars and involving thousands of participants where various war scenarios are imagined; recruitment scenarios where young children are transformed into smiling would-be killers.

Some of these events have the look and feel of state sponsored performance art, where realism is replaced by theater giving participants a powerful sense of identity and value through a militarized experience. It is this identity, and the ambiguity between real and made up, so emblematic of post 9-11 political discourse, that interests me most.

I came to this series after having spent the last few years photographing very graphic examples of the human cost of war. Many of the subjects I photographed said they grew up thinking war would be “fun.” Many watched the first Gulf War on TV and thought it was “awesome.” Several said that becoming a soldier meant they would finally do something good in life.

Rather than continuing to show evidence of war, it seems appropriate for me to show the fantasies of war, the selling of war, the institutions of war, the culture of war and with it the militarization of American life.”

I’m heading east in the morning, see you at these exciting events!


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