Archive for February, 2009

February 25th: Linda Troeller speaks at UARTS in Philadelphia

I hope all of you in the Philadelphia area will turn out for this lecture by artist Linda Troeller!

The Paradigm Lecture Series Presents:

Photographer: Linda Troeller “Long-term Projects”
Date:  February  25, 2009   1:00 PM  University of the Arts,
320 South Broad Street, CBS Auditorium, Philadelphia

In conjunction with her exhibition “Chelsea Hotel-An Artists Memoir”
Sol Mednick Gallery, 211 South Broad St.
University of the Arts Feb 13 to March 6 10am to 5pm

A quote from Linda about her work:

“My images explore the fragility and elegance of sustaining atmosphere — a
concept Malcolm Gladwell predicts will have ever more importance.” He
explains in his new book, Outliers, …cultural legacies matter and they are
powerful and persuasive and can persist long afterward…”

Linda Troeller’s art projects focus on personal and social issues on
community, health and sexuality. Exhibited all over the world, she has won the Lucie, IPA Self-Portrait Award, Pictures of the Year Pictorial 1st Place,  NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowship, and won Women of Achievement for her photography. A new film on her art career is underway from Peabody award winning filmmaker, Jeff McKay and the trailer is on her site.

To see more photos:


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March 5th: Panel Discussion in Santa Fe: Creating The Exhibition,Through The Lens: A Contemporary View of Santa Fe

Thursday, March 5, 2009, 3-5 p.m.

Creating Through the Lens: A Contemporary View of Santa Fe

Panel Discussion at Santa Fe Community College 3 – 5 PM, Art Building, Room 711

Panelists: Frances Levine Director, Palace of the Governors/New Mexico History Museum; Krista Elrick & Mary Anne Redding, co-curators of Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe; Clark Baughan, Director, Visual Arts Gallery at Santa Fe Community College and Melanie McWhorter, Alan Pearlman, and Brian K. Edwards photographers.

About the exhibition:

Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe
On view at the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe through Oct 25, 2009

“Since the 1850s many of the most recognized names in photography have focused their lenses in and on Santa Fe. Through their creative efforts they have documented a particular place and its visual history. They helped create that “place” and the mystique of Santa Fe. Photography has long been significant in the construction of notions of space and place, landscape and identity, and especially in Santa Fe, however malleable visual meaning may be, has helped define the geographical imagination.

Curated by photographer and educator Krista Elrick and Palace of the Governor Curator of Photography, Mary Anne Redding, Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe, examines the history of Santa Fe through the visual record created by internationally respected photographers.”

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February 23rd: Richard Renaldi Talk at The New York Public Library

Richard Renaldi
Talk and Book Signing

Monday, February 23, 2009
6:30 pm


New York Public Library
Mid-Manhattan Branch
455 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York
(212) 340-0849

Richard Renaldi will speak about his first monograph, Figure and Ground (Aperture, 2006), featuring portraits and landscapes taken across the United States. Renaldi’s precisely rendered compositions form a collective portrait of America’s changing social landscape. This will also coincide with the release of his newest publication, Fall River Boys.

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MARCH 1 Deadline for Evening “Slide Shows” at Palm Springs Photo Festival (March 31 – April 3)

I am counting the days until the start of CONNECT 09, the Palm Springs Photo Festival – just six weeks away.  If you haven’t attended, DO – it is a wonderful event, full of learning about multiple markets (fine art, documentary, commercial and more), rich with congeniality and held in a casual and beautiful setting.

Palm Springs Photo Festival is our “Arles” –  Arles, California style!

Among the offerings are creative and technical workshops, seminars, symposiums, portfolio reviews and the fantastic evening lectures.  I can’t wait to be among colleagues such as publishing professionals Michelle Dunn Marsh from Chronicle Books, Darius Himes from Radius Books,  Chris Pichler from Nazraeli Press and hear artists such as Debbie Fleming Caffery, Todd Hido, Greg Gorman and more speak about their creative practice and sources of inspiration.

Some of the programs have a fee, but many are free and know too that the sponsors of the festival will have booths in which you can view the lastest product offerings, talk to technicians and more.  I count it as and event where I combine teaching and reviewing portfolios with LEARNING – it is rich with continuing education for me.

PSPF is a great time for learning, from the masters and from each other, to say the least.

One of my favorite parts of the PSPF is the wonderful “evening slide shows” that show work from four finalists  on the big screen at the Palm Springs Art Museum Theater prior to the evening’s presentations.  Last year, the bodies of work we were introduced to each evening was outstanding, and highly anticipated – no one is late for the start of the slide show, writing down website and looking on line later to see the work again and again.

THIS COMPETITION IS FREE – I encourage all of you to submit your work and be part of the Festival!   DEADLINE:  MARCH 1.

For complete details, click here.

And, if signing up for portfolio reviews, plan to show your work at the OPEN PORTFOLIO EVENT which will be held on Sunday March 31st at the PSPF hotel, the Hyatt Regency Palm Springs.  From the website:

“We have great news for you if you’re planning to attend Connect 09 and participate in the Portfolio Review Program!

Our Director, Jeff Dunas, has grappled for two years trying to find a way to include a major OPEN REVIEW in our program. This is an event whereby those who sign up for Portfolio Reviews will have the opportunity to participate, at no extra charge, in a fantastic OPEN REVIEW to take place on Sunday, March 29 at the Hyatt Regency hotel just a few blocks from Korakia, our Festival Headquarters. You will be able to present your work to a large group for this 3-hour event.

The Open Review will take place from 2:00pm – 5:00pm in the Hyatt’s Grand Salon. For those who would like to participate in the Open Review without signing up for Portfolio Reviews, there will be a small charge of $75 to participate.

Participants will have ample room to present works within approximately 3.5 – 4 feet of table space. This is a great opportunity to maximize your ability to present your work to a large group of people including decision makers at magazines, ad agencies, museums, galleries and others. A great many of our Faculty will be present to walk through the event and see you and your work. In addition, all attendees are invited to walk through the event and see the presentations. The number of photographers we can accommodate is limited so please register now! Simply use your registration confirmation to return to the registration site and select “Open Review” to participate. Those not planning to participate in Portfolio Reviews can click on the “Register” link below and sign up for the Open Review.

Slide Show Contest finalists will be invited to present their work at this event at no charge.

Immediately following the Open Review, our Opening Reception will begin at Korakia just a short several blocks away. We’ll have free shuttle service between the Hyatt and Korakia for this event.

Our staff is ready to help you with any questions. Please call 1-800 928- 8314 for further information or write us at”

To view the “Festival Overview” and gain perspective on the diverse array of offerings, click here.

For a list of the evening presentations, click here.

For a complete list of festival faculty, click here.

To learn about the “Robert Mapplethorp: Portraits” exhibition that will be on view at the Palm Springs Art Museum during the Festival, click here.

Hats off to Jeff Dunas and the Contact 09 / PSPF team for planning a great event.

I look forward to seeing all of you in Palm Springs!

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February 20th, Santa Fe: Darius Himes leads public walk-through of “Through The Lens: Creating Santa Fe” exhibition

Friday, February 20, 2009, 6:00 p.m.:

Darius Himes, founding editor of photo-eye Booklist, a quarterly magazine devoted to photography books (2002-2007) and founding member and editor of Radius Books, a non-profit, Santa Fe-based organization created in 2007 that publishes books on the visual arts, will do a Gallery Walk for the exhibition “Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe” in the Palace of the Governors at 6 PM.

From the exhibition website:
“Since the 1850s many of the most recognized names in photography have focused their lenses in and on Santa Fe. Through their creative efforts they have documented a particular place and its visual history. They helped create that “place” and the mystique of Santa Fe. Photography has long been significant in the construction of notions of space and place, landscape and identity, and especially in Santa Fe, however malleable visual meaning may be, has helped define the geographical imagination.

Curated by photographer and educator Krista Elrick and Palace of the Governors Curator of Photography, Mary Anne Redding, Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe examines the history of Santa Fe through the visual record created by internationally respected photographers.”
This exhibition is on view until October 25th; if heading to Santa Fe for one of the Santa Fe Workshops, to participate in Review Santa Fe, to do an artist residency at Santa Fe Art Institute or to see and make art, don’t miss it. Those of you that have been to Santa Fe will those the Palace of the Governors as the perimeter of the downtown Plaza where Native Americans from the surrounding pueblos gather daily to sell their handcrafted jewelry. The Palace of the Governors is “the oldest continually occupied public building in the United States.”

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February 19th, 7 p.m., LACMA: Michael Fried, author of “Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before,” speaks at LACMA

Lecture & Book Signing at LACMA with author/critic Michael Fried
Thursday, February 19 | 7:00 pm

“Michael Fried, J. R. Herbert Boone Professor of Humanities and the History of Art at Johns Hopkins University, has been writing about the development of modernism for over thirty years. In this lecture he will discuss his long-anticipated book, Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before, published in January by Yale University Press.

Free, no reservations required

Bing Theater, LACMA 5909 Wilshire Boulevard

For details click here.

Check out this interview in Art Review with Michael Fried.

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Reminder: SMOCA Gallery Talk and discussion on SOMMER on 2/19, “Portfolio Sharing” applications: postmark deadline March 2nd

As my readers will recall, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) is currently showing

“AT THE CROSSROADS OF AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY: Callahan, Siskind and Sommer” through May 13th.

This week, Claire Carter, exhibition co-curator, along with Naomi Lyons and Jeremy Cox, co-trustees of the Frederick and Frances Sommer Foundation, Prescott, Arizona will discuss the importance of Frederick Sommer. The talk will be held at SMoCA at 6:30 p.m. on February 19th.

Mark your calendars as well for a gallery talk on March 11th at 12:00 noon with Phoenix Art Museum curator Rebecca Senf who will discuss the influence of Ansel Adams on Harry Callahan.

Both of these gallery talks are free and open to the public.

Towards the end of the exhibition run SMoCA will be hosting an incredible symposium on May 8 & 9th:


Friday night May 8th opens with a 7 p.m. presentation by Emmet Gowin (photographer, professor, Princeton University and student of Callahan and Sommer) will give a poetic gallery talk about Frederick Sommer, abstract photography and the influence of Sommer and Callahan on his personal work.

Saturday’s presentations run from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 and include the following presenters and panelists:
Joseph Sterling (photographer and student of Callahan, Siskind and Sommer at the Institute of Design) will share his personal experiences and Callahan, Siskind and Sommer’s role in developing a photography program at the Institute of Design, Chicago.
Claire C. Carter (co-curator of the exhibition and Curatorial Coordinator at SMoCA) will investigate Siskind’s work and its relationship to the paintings of the Abstract Expressionists.
Leland Rice (photographer, curator and writer) will discuss Sommer’s Arizona landscape photographs and how the Surrealist painters Max Ernst and Yves Tanguy influenced his work.
Keith F. Davis (Curator of Photography, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and Chair, Art Selection Committee, Hallmark Cards, Inc., both in Kansas City, Missouri) will lecture on Harry Callahan’s interest in the universal.
Harold Jones, (photographer, curator and educator, director of LIGHT Gallery, New York [1973-1975] and founding Director of the Center of Creative Photography [1975-1977], University of Arizona) will discuss the inception of LIGHT Gallery and how these three artists’s archives came to reside in Arizona.

Book Signing by Keith F. Davis and Britt Salvesen, authors of the exhibition’s accompanying catalog.

Learn more about the symposium here.


In conjunction with this event, the closing session on Saturday May 8th will be a “portfolio sharing” for photographers; the applications will be pre-screened by Terry Etherton of the Etherton Gallery in Tucson, Arizona.

From the event website:

In conjunction with the symposium, Exchanging Ideas: photography, abstraction and metaphor at mid-century, SMoCA would like to extend to artists the opportunity to participate in a juried portfolio share on May 9, 2009. In the spirit of Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind and Frederick Sommer, educators who highly encouraged the exchange of ideas and work, selected artists will have the opportunity to share their professional portfolios with symposium participants, artists, curators and audience members.

University photographic faculty, graduate students, undergraduates and artists using photography are encouraged to apply.

– maximum ten jpg files, each at 1000 pixels wide on CD (formatted for Windows). Clearly label the CD with your name, email and phone number
– one copy of a type-written image checklist identifying images by number and listing the title, date, dimensions and media of the work.
– an artist’s statement, not to exceed one page
– a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) with sufficient postage to return materials. Applications without SASE will not be returned and will be destroyed upon the completion of the selction process.

Mail to: Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Claire C. Carter
Attn: Juried Portfolio Share
7380 East Second Street
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251

Deadline: application materials must be post-marked or delivered to SMoCA by March 2, 2009

Artists selected for SMoCA’s Portfolio Share will be notified by April 10, 2009.

Artists selected for the Portfolio Share are asked to attend both days of the symposium. Symposium fees are waived for students; all other participants must pay the symposium registration fee. To purchase symposium tickets call the Box Office at 480-994-ARTS [2787]. Participants in the Portfolio Share are asked to bring a selection of exhibition-quality display prints; no laptop displays will be allowed. Artists will be allotted 3 linear feet on a table for displaying prints and business cards. Artists will be required to set-up and take down their materials, as well as remain with their work for the duration of the Portfolio Share. Questions? Call 480-874-4641 or email

The At the Crossroads of American Photography: Callahan, Siskind, Sommer catalogue is available through the SMoCA Store and Radius Books.”

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