Archive for October, 2008

Frank Gohlke: Gallery talk at the CCP, Tucson this Friday, October 24th, 5:00 p.m.

From the Center for Creative Photography‘s e-blast:

“In celebration of The Center for Creative Photography’s current exhibition:
Accommodating Nature: The Photographs of Frank Gohlke
Please join us this Friday, October 24, for a reception at 5:00p.m. and a discussion at 6:00p.m. with Frank Gohlke and Britt Salvesen, Director and Chief Curator.

Exhibition dates: September 15 — November 2, 2008
Frank Gohlke (b. 1942), one of America’s leading landscape photographers, is Professor in the Photography Division, University of Arizona School of Art. For more than thirty years, he has taken photographs that depict how Americans build their lives within a natural world that rarely matches the pastoral ideal. Whether photographing vast spaces of the Midwest punctuated by grain elevators, the close confines of the Sudbury River in Massachusetts, or the aftermath of the 1980 volcanic eruption of Washington State’s Mount St. Helens; Gohlke draws attention to the boundaries between humanity and nature.”


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SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Deadline October 31 for attending the 2009 National SPE Conference in Dallas

Students: The time is NOW to begin to prepare your applications for scholarships to attend the 2009 National Meeting of the Society for Photographic Education, SPRAWL. The conference is being held in Dallas, Texas, March 26-29th, 2009.

For more years than I can recall my friend and colleague Susan kae Grant and I have presented a career seminar for the Scholarship Recipient and Conference Volunteers ONLY (closed door session) held prior to the conference convening. (SKG and I met as conference volunteers when we were undergraduates.) This year that seminar will be the morning of THURSDAY, March 26th

Scholarship application deadline: OCTOBER 31; click HERE for complete details.

Note: I will post information on serving as a conference volunteer as it becomes available.

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PRC in BOSTON: Lecture by Barbara Crane, 10/27

Photographic Resource Center’s POLAROID SPOTLIGHT LECTURE: Barbara Crane
Thursday, October 23, 7pm
$10 Members/$15 Non-Members/$5 Full-time
Students/Free for Students of Institutional Members
Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, Concert Hall, 855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Barbara Crane has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to experimentation and innovation in content, technique, materials, and formats. During her prolific career, Crane has continually re-invented/directed the nature of her work seeking new ways to plumb photography’s creative potential.

Crane has been awarded multiple National Endowment for the Arts Grants as well as a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Her work was the subject of 7 retrospectives, over 75 solo exhibitions, and more than 200 group exhibitions.

The Polaroid Spotlight Lecture is sponsored by the Land Fund of the Polaroid Foundation

Guest accommodations are generously provided by the Hotel Commonwealth, official hotel sponsor of the Photographic Resource Center’s Lecture Series


phone: 617-975-0600

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“Dialogue among Giants: Carleton Watkins and the Rise of Photography in California” Exhibition opens at the Getty Museum in LA; Rebecca Solnit and Mark Klett Lecture 10/30

Dialogue among Giants: Carleton Watkins and the Rise of Photography in California
Exhibition dates: October 14, 2008–March 1, 2009
The Getty Center
Carleton Watkins arrived in California in 1850, when the gold rush and the medium of photography were both young. He captured stunning views of the frontier West—the gorges of Yosemite and the crags of the Pacific shore, the hills of San Francisco and the farming fields of Southern California. The exhibition explores how Watkins harnessed the elements of visual form to create iconic and beautiful photographs, and how he engaged in a visual dialogue with other pioneering landscape photographers of the 1800s.

Learn more about this exhibition here.

See all events related to this exhibition here.

Admission to the Getty Center is FREE. For visitor information, see information on planning a visit or call (310) 440-7300. All events are free, unless otherwise noted. Reservations are required for performances, lectures, seminars, and courses.


Stillness and Restlessness: Watkins, Muybridge, and Landscape Photography in 19th-Century California

Artist Mark Klett, who has worked extensively re-photographing 19th-century western masters, and writer and Muybridge scholar Rebecca Solnit offer their own dialogue about the complex particulars of making landscape photographs in the 19th-century Far West.

Thursday, October 30, 2008, 7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

(Note: Visit the website to make a reservation for this presentation.)

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Entries due October 25: 8th Annual Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibit

About the exhibition: Established in 2001 and organized by the graduate photography students at Texas Woman’s University and the Photographic Artists’ Coalition (a student run photography organization), the annual Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition provides a national venue for the exhibitions of artistic expression as seen through they eye of the camera. photographers from the United States are invited to submit entries for the exhibition. The exhibition will be on view to the public at the Texas Woman’s University Fine Arts Gallery January 13 – February 6, 2009.

Juror: Katherine Bussard, Assistant Curator of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago; she has curated numerous exhibitions from the permanent collection on portraiture and socially concerned photography. Her recurring series “On the Scene” showcases new talents in the field of contemporary photography.

There is no theme; juror Katherine Bussard is interesting in looking at works in all themes and media. This exhibition is open to anyone creating photographic images. All photographic and related processes are encouraged including digital, non-silver and photographic book arts. Pieces must not exceed 60″ in any dimension.

Entries must be received by OCTOBER 25th, 2008. Judging will be done from digital files sugmitted on CD Rom only. Submissions must be provided in digital folder labeled with artist name and include files saved in the JPEG format at 72 dpi by 800 pixels in the longer dimension.

Files must be named with the artist’s last name, fist name, and anumber of submission according to the entry form (e.g. Grant_JoyceElaine_1.jpg. UNDERSCORE REQUIRED). SASE required for return of CD’s. Each entryform must contain a title, image size, frame size and medium of each work submitted

Artists may submit up to three images for $30.00 (additional images may be entered at $8.00 per image). Images accepted entries may be used for publicity purposes and for presentation of the exhibition on the TWU Website. All fees are non-refundable and will be considered a donation to the Joyce Elaine Grant Endowment. Make checks payable to The Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition Endowment.

The exhibition was established by Christine Shank and a small group of graduate students and named in memory of themother of Professor Susan kae Grant. Exhibitions proceeds will help fund the Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition Endowment which will fund photography scholarships for future graduate students in the Department of Visual Arts, Texas Womens University, Denton, Texas.

All artists whose work(s) are accepted will be notified by November 18, 2008. All accepted work must be ready to hang and delivered to the gallery by December 22, 2008.

QUESTIONS? Morgan Ford, Exhibition Coordinator,

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BOSTON, Monday 20th: “William Christenberry: Photographs, 1961-2005” Lecture and Exhibition

From the Aperture event website:

William Christenberry: Photographs, 1961–2005
Artist’s Lecture
Monday, October 20, 2008

6:00 p.m.
October 13 – December 6, 2008

Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Tower Auditorium
621 Huntington Avenue
(617) 879-7000

Coinciding with the exhibition on view at MassArt, William Christenberry will discuss the spirit of his work and sign copies of his book in the Tower Auditorium. Along with such masters as William Eggleston and Stephen Shore, William Christenberry is widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of color photography. His photographic exploration of the American South has been ongoing for forty years, drawing inspiration from Walker Evans and paralleling the work of international practitioners like Bernd and Hilla Becher, all the while influencing a generation of emerging photographers. Ranging from his initial Brownie photographs of the early 1960s to his later work with a large-format camera, William Christenberry: Photographs, 1961–2005 and the accompanying book create a survey of this artist’s poetic documentation of southern vernacular architecture, signage, and landscape. To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, MassArt is organizing a public reception in the presence of the artist.

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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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