Archive for March 25, 2009

TOMORROW, Thursday March 26th, 3:30 pm: “A Conversation with ROBERT FRANK” in DC

Just learned from Susana Raab’s blog that Robert Frank is going to be holding a public conversation with curator Sarah Greenough at his exhibition “Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans” on view through April 26th at the National Gallery in Washington DC.

On the exhibition webpage you will find several links to interviews with Ms. Greenough about this important exhibition.

Note that they anticipate high attendance, and as a result, will simulcast, as well as record for presentation on Tuesday, March 31 at noon.
Details are on the National Gallery’s calendar, here.

From the website:

“The Elson Lecture Series features distinguished contemporary artists whose work is represented in the Gallery’s permanent collection. The Honorable and Mrs. Edward E. Elson generously endowed this series in 1992.

A Conversation with Robert Frank
March 26 at 3:30PM

Robert Frank, photographer, in conversation with Sarah Greenough, senior curator and head of the department of photographs, National Gallery of Art
Lecture Brochure (PDF 80k)

For more than 50 years Robert Frank has exerted a profound influence on contemporary photography, film, and art. His seminal book The Americans, first published in 1958 and 1959, changed the course of 20th-century photography. In 83 photographs, he looked beneath the surface of American life to reveal not only social, economic, and political tensions, but also new areas of beauty in simple, overlooked corners of American life. His subject matter—cars, jukeboxes, even the road itself—was as innovative as his seemingly intuitive, off-kilter, and brilliantly incisive style. Yet the book’s soaring reputation never sat comfortably on Frank’s shoulders. Since the late 1950s he has restlessly continued to push his art in new ways, making both films and photographs that question the relationship between art and life and between the obvious symbolic meaning of a photograph and its personal significance to him.

In anticipation of high attendance, this program will be simulcast in the East Building Small Auditorium and the West Building Lecture Hall. The program will also be recorded and a screening of the recording will be shown on Tuesday, March 31, at noon in the East Building Auditorium.”


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This Weekend in NYC: AIPAD’s 30th Anniversary Expo and educational offerings

The AIPAD Photography Show New York from March 26-29, 2009

AIPAD is one of my favorite gallery expo of the year, with a roster of exhibitors more diverse this year than ever, as AIPAD has invited a select group of younger galleries, rare book dealers and other to exhibit alongside AIPAD member galleries.  And, as it is an anniversary year, there are great educational offerings and more (see below).  If you are anywhere near, you must go!  It is held at the Park Avenue Armory, 67th and Park (near Hunter College).

Note: When in NYC:, don’t miss the vintage Steichen show (1915-1923, a period of great experimentation with craft) at Howard Greenberg Gallery 41 East 57th Street, or the Emmet Gowin show at Pace MacGill Gallery, 32 East 57th Street across the street from each other.   Howard Greenberg and Peter MacGill are truly curators at heart, and both of these exhibitions provide insights into the artmaking practice of their respective featured photographers.  Breathtaking!

From the AIPAD website:

“One of the most important international photography events, The AIPAD Photography Show New York, will be presented by the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) from March 26-29, 2009. More than 70 of the world’s leading fine art photography galleries will present a wide range of museum quality work by contemporary, modern and 19th century masters at the Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street and Park Avenue in New York City .”

For a list of exhibitors click here.

“To celebrate the 30th anniversary of AIPAD, The AIPAD Photography Show New York will present a thematic “exhibition within an exhibition.” From daguerreotype to new media, each gallery will highlight a work that reflects an innovation – such as a technical or artistic development or a seminal work – in the history of photography. A complete catalogue of the Innovation special exhibition, including images and wall text is available.”

Special Events
Saturday, March 28, 2009

Park Avenue Armory – Veteran’s Room

10:00 a.m.
What Makes a Photographic Print a Masterpiece?

(Why Process and Print Quality Matter)
Moderator:  Grant B. Romer, Co-Director, Center for the Legacy of Photography, and Research
Curator, George Eastman House
• Malcolm Daniel, Curator in Charge, Department of Photographs, The Metropolitan
Museum of Art
• Anne E. Havinga, Senior Curator of Photographs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
• Hans P. Kraus, Jr., Hans P. Kraus, Jr. Fine Photographs
• James M. Reilly, Co-Director, Center for the Legacy of Photography, and Director of the
Image Permanence Institute

12:00 p.m.
Bruce Davidson:  A Journey of Conciseness

Bruce Davidson talks about his work from 1956 to the present, including his
new publication, Bruce Davidson: Central Park in Platinum, published by
Verso Limited Edition Books. Introduction by Howard Greenberg, Howard
Greenberg Gallery.

2:00 p.m.
The Art of Fashion Photography

Moderator: Charlotte Cotton, Curator, Department Head, Photography, Los Angeles County
Museum of Art
• Vince Aletti, Critic and Curator
• Carol Squiers, Curator, International Center of Photography
• Etheleen Staley, Staley-Wise Gallery
• Takouhy Wise, Staley-Wise Gallery

4:00 p.m.
Photographers as Filmmakers

Moderator: Steven Kasher, Steven Kasher Gallery
• Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Artist, Filmmaker
• Albert Maysles, Artist, Filmmaker

AIPAD programs are free with Saturday, March 28 admission to The AIPAD Photography
Show New York. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Show Hours

Thursday, March 26 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 27 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 28 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 29 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


$25 daily
$40 for the run-of-show (includes catalogue)
$10 student daily admission

2009 AIPAD Membership Directory & Illustrated Catalogue
$10, if purchased separately during the Show

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