Archive for March 30, 2009

Photographer Helen Levitt: 1913 -2009

The wonderful street photographer Helen Levitt passed away on Sunday at the age of 95.
“Born in 1913 in New York City, Helen Levitt left school to work for a commercial photographer and by 1938 had started her seminal book, In the Street: chalk drawings and messages, New York City 1938-1948.

Levitt was considered to be one of the world’s greatest street photographers and the last living link with America’s golden age of photography in the 1930s. Throughout her life, she worked in the streets of New York taking pictures such as her most famous one, which depicts three children preparing to go trick-or-treating on Halloween in 1939.

Levitt met Henri Cartier-Bresson in 1935 and even followed him when he photographed on the Brooklyn waterfront. She studied with Walker Evans, in 1943, had Edward Steichen curate her first show at the Museum of Modern Art. In 1955, he included some of her images in his landmark Family of Man show and, in 1959 and 1960, she received two Guggenheim Foundation grants to take colour photographs in New York.

Levitt published her first major book, A Way of Seeing, in 1965, but in other respects photobooks were a later development for her. In the Street wasn’t published until 1987, and her magnum opus, Crosstown, didn’t hit the shelves until 2001. Slide Show, the Colour Photographs of Helen Levitt, which collected together her little-known colour work, was published in 2005.
Last year, Powerhouse Books published her last monograph, which saw Levitt handpick the eclectic mix of iconic and previously unpublished images, making this book her ‘greatest hits’ collection of personal bests.  Levitt died in her sleep in New York on Sunday.”

(Note: the above information was contained in an email I received today and am not sure of the source of the quote.)

To listen to an interview with Levitt and view a slide show of her work, go to NPR’s website.

To read her obituary in the New York Times, click here.

You can also read what was written about Levitt in  the NY Times by Margarett Loke here.

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March 31st at MoMA: Panel Discussion and Symposia, “Myths of the West: Photographers, Filmmakers and Writers”

At MoMA the exhibition Into the Sunset: Photography’s Image of the American West runs March 29–June 8, 2009

March 31st at 6pm there will be a Panel Discussion and Symposia  featuring photographers, writers, and filmmakers. At this time it is sold-out.

Also on April 6th and 9th at 12:30 p.m. there will be a Brown Bag Lunch Lecture at MOMA.

“In conjunction with Into the Sunset, which examines how photography has pictured the idea of the American West from 1850 to the present, this panel features photographers, a filmmaker, and a writer in a discussion of how their work elicits and contributes to our collective imagination and narratives of the West. Participants include photographer Katy Grannan, writer Annie Proulx, and photographer, filmmaker, and actor Dennis Hopper. Eva Respini, Assistant Curator, Department of Photography, and organizer of the exhibition moderates a discussion.”

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Curator’s Gallery Talk: Jo Ann Callis Exhibition at the Getty

Judy Keller, acting senior curator of photographs at the Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition Jo Ann Callis: Woman Twirling.”

Wednesday, April 1, 2:30 p.m.(free)

Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall.

This exhibition opens March 31 and continues through August 9th.

To read about the related exhibition “Paul Outerbridge: Command Performance” click here.

To read about Jo Ann Callis, click here.

To read about the publication that accompanies the exhibition, click here.


Thursday, May 21st at 7 p.m. in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center:

“Woman Twirling: Jo Ann Callis, Gay Block and Catherine Opie In Conversation”

Free, however reservations are required.


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Deadline April 3rd: Center for Psychoanalytical Studies Juried show “Dreamwork”

Juried show Dreamwork at the New York Graduate School of Psychoanalysis & The Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies

Deadline April 3rd

From the website:

The New York Graduate School of Psychoanalysis & The Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies

Address: 16 West Tenth Street, New York, New York 10011

Date: May 9 – June 27, 2009

Juried Competition Open to Original Artwork in Painting, Drawing, Photography, Sculpture, and Works on Paper: Artists 18 years and older residing in the United States may submit up to 3 works for consideration.  The gallery cannot accommodate work in the media of film, video, or installation.

Wall-mounted work: Not to exceed 5’ in height or width, and 60 lbs. All work must be wired and ready for installation.

Sculpture: Must fit through a 36”-wide doorway; work weighing more than 100 lbs. must be hand delivered.

Artists with special installation requirements should be available to assist in the installation of their work.  The curators reserves the right to refuse accepted work that arrives damaged, is too fragile to be exhibited, or was misrepresented in submission.

How to apply:
To enter, email the completed entry form along with digital images of your artwork to Submission images should be in JPEG format, no larger than 8” in height and 300dpi. A full view of the artwork is required; artists may submit one detail view of each submission if they wish. JPEG files should be named as follows: firstinitial.lastname.abbreviatedtitle.jpg. (For example, w.smith.shorttitle.jpg.)

Please be sure that the labeling of your images matches the listing of submitted works on the entry form and that you have included your email address and telephone number. Alternatively, you can mail the completed entry form along with a CD-Rom of your artwork to: “Dreamwork” CMPS, 16 West 10th Street, New York, NY 10011.

All CDs must be PC compatible; CDs will not be returned. Please label your CD with your name, email address, phone number, and submission titles.

Exhibition Date: May 9 – June 27, 2009

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