Archive for February, 2009

Shephard Fairey copyright debate continues: Colbert Report 2/12/09

Helena V. de Vengoechea knows that I have been following Shepard Fairey’s Obama poster copyright issues and sent me this link to Thursday’s night’s Colbert Report with guest David Ross, former director of the Whitney Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and copyright attorney Ed Colbert from the firm of Kenyon and Kenyon LLC (and the show host’s brother). This is going to be an interesting legal case to be sure.


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February 17th: “Remembering Harry” panel discussion at the Griffin Museum

February 17th at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA their will be a panel discussion titled “Remembering Harry”

From the website “Join us for a panel discussion as students of Harry Callahan reminisce on Callahan the mentor, educator and photographer. Jim Dow, Henry Horenstein, Arno Minkkinen and Neal Rantoul remember the man, recall marvelous stories and share their personal experiences and reflections on this legendary and influential photographer. Paula Tognarelli, director of the Griffin Museum, will facilitate the panel discussion against the backdrop of photographs by another student of Callahan, Emmet Gowin.”  (Emmet Gowin and Elijah Gowin’s exhibition Pull of Gravity is on view at the Griffin through March 29th.)

Members $10. Nonmembers $20.  Full time students with ID $5

For information on the event at the Griffin click here.

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“Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans” exhibition at the National Gallery through April 26th

You must plan to see this exhibition at one of its three forthcoming venues (see traveling schedule below).

From the exhibition’s website:

“First published in France in 1958 and in the United States in 1959, Robert Frank’s The Americans is widely celebrated as the most important photography book since World War II. Including 83 photographs made largely in 1955 and 1956 while Frank (b. 1924) traveled around the United States, the book looked beneath the surface of American life to reveal a profound sense of alienation, angst, and loneliness. With these prophetic photographs, Frank redefined the icons of America, noting that cars, jukeboxes, gas stations, diners, and even the road itself were telling symbols of contemporary life. Frank’s style—seemingly loose, casual compositions, with often rough, blurred, out-of-focus foregrounds and tilted horizons—was just as controversial and influential as his subject matter. The exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the book’s publication by presenting all 83 photographs from The Americans in the order established by the book, and by providing a detailed examination of the book’s roots in Frank’s earlier work, its construction, and its impact on his later art.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art.

Sponsor: Access Industries is proud to be the principal sponsor of the exhibition.

The exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the Trellis Fund.

Early support for research was provided by the Marlene Nathan Meyerson Family Foundation.

The exhibition catalogue is published with the assistance of The Getty Foundation.


–>Schedule: National Gallery of Art, January 18–April 26, 2009; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, May 16–August 23, 2009; Metropolitan Museum of Art, September 22–December 27, 2009

Passes: Passes are not required for this exhibition.

The exhibition is on view in the West Building, Ground Floor, Outer tier.”

Today on NPR’s Weekend Edition there was a terrific piece on Frank and “THE BOOK THAT CHANGED PHOTOGRAPHY” interviewing Frank, curator Sarah Greenough, and Joel Meyerowitz and more; listen to it here

Greenough is the author of the accompanying publication:

“Published alongside the softcover edition, Looking In: Robert Frank’s “The Americans”—Expanded Edition includes a wealth of additional materials, essential information for all interested in twentieth-century photography. It contains all of the essays and photographs in the softcover, plus all of Frank’s vintage contact sheets related to The Americans, a section that re-creates his preliminary sequence and presents variant croppings of the first and subsequent editions of the book, a map and chronology of his travels around the United States in 1955 – 1956 on his Guggenheim fellowship, along with letters and manuscript materials by Frank, Walker Evans, and Jack Kerouac related to Frank’s creation of this seminal book. This groundbreaking 528-page catalogue is certain to be the definitive source of information on The Americans for years to come.

528 pages, 108 color, 168 tritone, 210 duotone plates | 9.25 x 11.5 inches”

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SPRAWL: the 46th SPE National Conference, Dallas March 26-29

I’ve been actively involved with the Society for Photographic Education since my undergraduate days, first as a conference volunteer, then participating in coordinating regional and national conferences and serving on western regional then the national board. For many years now my friend and colleague Susan kae Grant (whom I met when we were student volunteers) offers a student seminar for the conference volunteers and scholarship winners, held just prior to the start of the conference. Whether you are directly involved in teaching, are an art maker, write about the arts, curate exhibitions or are involved in other related activities, I encourage you to attend this year’s engaging conference, and get involved in your regional activities as well. Visit the conference website for complete details on presentations, portfolio reviews, exhibits fair and more.

TOMORROW is the postmark deadline for early registration. Details follow, see you there!

From the SPE 2009 conference website:


“The city of Dallas provides an informative and imaginative backdrop for the conference theme. Like other metropolitan areas since the 1960s, Dallas has seen suburban sprawl reshape its civic geography and identity. Sprawl then is a physical manifestation of civic growth and population migration, housing developments and ‘big-box’ retail parks. But the concept of sprawl also prompts discussions of environmental conservation, the appropriate use of land and resources, the loss and/or renewal of city centers and close-knit neighborhood communities.

Cultural depictions of sprawl have long been a mainstay in popular culture, including the 1970s photo movement New Topographics, William Gibson’s cyberpunk fiction, the music of Sonic Youth, and in TV shows, such as “Weeds,” with its ‘burb’-inspired theme song “Little Boxes.” Sprawl—suburban landscape and life—serves as both cultural inspiration and critique.”


FEBRUARY 14, 2009 – Early-bird conference registration, postmark deadline

FEBRUARY 20, 2009 – Deadline for conference registration cancellation

FEBRUARY 28, 2009 – Late conference registration, postmark deadline. After this date attendees must register on site.

MARCH 2, 2009 – Hotel Cut-Off Date for $149 Room Rate at The Fairmont Dallas Hotel

MARCH 27, 2009 – Exhibits Fair Hours 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

MARCH 28, 2009 – Exhibits Fair Hours 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

2009 Conference Participants with Abstracts and Bios

Main Presenters:
Keynote Speaker: James Howard Kunstler
Honored Educator: John Pfahl
Featured Speaker: Steve Dietz
Featured Speaker: Karen Finley

General Session Speakers:

Jesus “Chuy” BenitezHouston Cultura: Panoramas and Portraits of Houston’s Mexican-American Community | Jeff Brouws“It Don’t Exist:” The Impact of Sprawl and Suburban Build-Out on Inner-City America | Gary CialdellaThe Calumet Region: An American Place | Ruth DusseaultWhat Are They Doing Out There? Recreational War in the Suburbs | Tom FischerParadise/Paradox | Jessica Todd HarperInterior Exposure | Debora HunterUA Search for Eden: Sprawl in Taos, NM | Jun ItoiTokyo Story | John MannFolded in Place | Bill McDowellAshes in the Night Sky | Osamu James NakagawaBanta (Cliff) | Rebecca Nolan and Meryl TruettYou Can’t Get There From Here | Sheila PinkelSite Unseen: Recent Social Works by Sheila Pinkel | Susana RaabConsumed: Fast Food in the U.S. | Betsy SchneiderPhoenix, the New American City: A Video Portrait | Marni Shindelman and Nate LarsonWitness: A Psychic Collaboration | Vaughn WascovichThe Tar Creek Project (Gary B Fritz Imagemaker Award winner)

Paula BollersWhere We At? Patterns of Visibility in Suburban Space | Michael BrodskyA History of Digital Photography | Christopher BurnettThe Processed Land: Sprawl and Reclamation | David Herman, Jr., and Shaun WilsonSight & Sound: Using Youth-Created Media to Explore Changing Communities | Sandy SorlienMalignancy on the Land | Mary Virginia SwansonReaching the World Online: Effective E-Marketing for Artists

Rebecca Cummins withJ.D. Talasak, Justine Cooper, and Pamela WinfreyArt in the House of Science | Judy Herrmann and Jay KinghornReal World Solutions to Digital Technology Headaches | Mark Klett with Adam Thorman, Tracy Longley-Cook, and Chad WhitePhoenix Transect Project: A Collaborative Look at Urban Growth and Change | Sandra Matthews with Deborah Bright, Kathy Kubicki, and Karen vanMeenenPhotography Journals and Cultural Debate | Katy McCormick with Susan kae Grant, Don Snyder, and Philip ZimmermanPhotobook as Pedagogical Space | Gregory Scott with Osamu James Nakagawa, Claude Cookman, and a panelist to be namedA New Way to Get the Shot: Recognizing The Growing Use of Multiple Photographs to Create New Depictions of Reality and Defining It as Hyper-Representation

Victoria Victoria ClaryOff Northwest | Mark GeilThe Utopian Wake | Bruce MyrenMarkers: History, Memory, and Home | Andrew O’BrienField Office | Jason ReblandoA Portrait of Public Housing | Alison SmithIn Between

Michelle BogreCopyright: Update 2009 | Douglas Holleley – Structuring the Sprawl | Aspen Mays and AnnieLaurie EricksonWeird Science: The Spectrum of Vision/The Science of Photography | Keith ShapiroMeeting the Photography Education Needs of Growing University Populations

Bill Gratton and Joe LavineWhat Do I Do with My 4×5 Camera Now? | Chad JenningsIntegrating Print-on-Demand Books and Bookmaking into Your Curriculum

“The Society for Photographic Education is a non-profit membership organization that provides a forum for the discussion of photography-related media as a means of creative expression and cultural insight. Through its interdisciplinary programs, services and publications, the society seeks to promote a broader understanding of the medium in all its forms, and to foster the development of its practice, teaching, scholarship and criticism.”

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Creative Capital’s Professional Development Workshops for 2009: Orlando, Kansas City, Missoula, Tucson, San Antonio, Harrisburg and Penland

Creative Capital is an incredible organization that has a range of offerings for artists and arts organizations, you should all familiarize yourself with its contributions to the arts.   A favorite program of mine:  PDP, the Professional Development Program, launched in 2003.  This year the PDP workshops are coming to the cities listed above.

For a full list of workshops offered, dates and cities, click here; sign up for the e-newsletter here.

From the website“Who is the Creative Capital Professional Development Program for?  While the workshops are useful for artists in all disciplines and at any stage in their careers, they are geared towards artists who have made a serious commitment to the pursuit of a professional artistic practice. Our participants are individuals who create, on an ongoing basis, original works of art and are pursuing this work as a means of livelihood or a way to achieve the highest level of professional recognition. PDP is designed to build on the readiness of artists who are able and willing to take full responsibility for directing their careers.”

For a link to the calendar for these workshops, click here.  The next city is ORLANDO, FLORIDA on February 20-22.

From the website listing for the Orlando event:

“If you are interested in applying to participate in this workshop, please contact Morgan Lewis via email at

If your city is not listed, why not encourage your local arts organization to become a partner and sponsor a PDP workshop in the future?

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend a Creative Capital PDP event, and continue your education on effective management of your artistic life.

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February 17th Deadline for “Mind’s Eye” Call for Entries

The Center for Fine Art Photography

JURIED EXHIBITION: “Mind’s Eye”  Call for Entries February 17th

“The camera is the photographer’s medium to express his observations and interactions in response to the world, in which he lives, in the way he wishes to portray it. The images selected for this exhibition will provide viewers with exciting opportunities to see what is reflected from the eye of the photographer. There are no subject restrictions for this exhibition.
Juror: Christopher Rauschenberg
Christopher Rauschenberg was a co-founder and president of Photo Americas (a major photography festival in Portland, Oregon, now called Photolucida) and is currently a board member. A photographer, educator and author of three photography books, Rauschenberg is also a co-founder and co-director of Blue Sky Gallery , an internationally respected non-profit photography gallery in Portland.”

For details click here.

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February 13th Evening Lecture: David Goldes with Mary Parisi at San Fransisco Art Institute

Lecture: David Goldes with Mary Parisi

This Friday, February 13th, sponsored by PhotoAlliance, and hosted at San Francisco Art Institute , David Goldes and Mary Parisi will be speaking about their work.

From the website: “Through photography, the work seeks to approach simple physical phenomena within the shifting demands of perception, memory and the desire for understanding.”

Don’t forget the upcoming juried OUR WORLD Portfolio Review

Deadline February 13th!!

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