Archive for June, 2009

July 8th: “The Edge of Vison: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography” Panel Discussion at UCLA’s Hammer Museum

from the Aperture event webpage:
“The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography
Panel Discussion

Wednesday, July 8, 2009
7:00 pm


The Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California
(310) 443-7000

The Hammer Museum and Aperture Foundation present The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography, a panel discussion moderated by author and curator Lyle Rexer; participating artists include Walead Beshty and Susan Rankaitis.

From the beginning, abstraction has been intrinsic to photography, and its persistent popularity reveals much about the medium. The exhibition (currently on view at Aperture Gallery) The Edge of Vision showcases the work of nineteen contemporary photographers who base their practice in some form of abstraction. Rexer defines abstraction as “a departure from or the eliding of an immediately apprehensible subject.” Within this broad definition, a host of approaches explore aspects of the photographic experience, including the chemistry of traditional photography, the mediation of lenses, the direct capture of light without a camera, temporal extensions, digital sampling of found images, radical cropping, and various deliberate destabilizations of photographic reference.

The Edge of Vision is accompanied by a new book, The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography, by Lyle Rexer (Aperture, May 2009). Illustrated with more than 150 images, this is the first book in English to document the trajectory of this artistic approach and put it into historical context, while also examining the diverse methodologies thriving within contemporary photography. The book covers the impulse towards abstraction from the early days of the medium through the present day.

The Edge of Vision: Abstraction in Contemporary Photography is made possible, in part, by the Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program, the Dedalus Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the W. P. Carey Foundation. Additional support is provided by Carey C. Shuart and the Mondriaan Foundation.”

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Eastman House Curator Alison Nordstrom on “New Topographics” Exhibition

The greatly anticipated recreation of the landmark 1975 exhibition “NEW TOPOGRAPHICS”  is currently on view at George Eastman House (through September 27th) and will travel to eight additional venues including LACMA (October 25th – January 10th, 2010) and CCP (spring 2010) among others.

From the exhibition’s webpage:

“The exhibition New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-altered Landscape, held in 1975 at George Eastman House, signaled the emergence of a new approach to landscape photography. A new version of this seminal exhibition, organized with the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, will re-examine more than 100 works from the 1975 show, as well as some 30 prints and books by other relevant artists to provide additional historical and contemporary context. This reconsideration demonstrates both the historical significance of these pictures and their continued relevance today. After its Eastman House display, New Topographics will travel to eight international venues. The new presentation and tour of New Topographics is made possible by a generous grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

To listen to an interview with Alison Nordström, Curator of Photographs at George Eastman House, on the subject of New Topographics, click here.”

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June 29: Philip Gefter Lecture & Book Signing, LACMA

From the LACMA event website:

“Philip Gefter Lecture and Book Signing
Monday, June 29 | 7:00 pm
Please join us for a talk by New York Times writer and former picture editor Philip Gefter, who will discuss his new book, Photography after Frank: Essays by Philip Gefter. The author presents the tale of contemporary photography, starting with a pivotal moment: Robert Frank’s seminal work in the 1950s. Along the way, he connects the dots of photography’s transformation into what it is today. Photography after Frank offers a page-turning yet journalistic approach bound to appeal to students and art world aficionados alike. A book signing will immediately follow in the adjacent Director’s Roundtable Garden.”
Brown Auditorium | Free, tickets required | Tickets available at the box office one hour before program begins.

This program is organized by the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department and is supported in part by the Ralph M. Parsons Fund.

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June 27- Elinor Carucci at Center for Photography at Woodstock

Elinor Carucci at Center for Photography  at Woodstock

Saturday, June 27, 2009

8:00pm – 9:30pm

From the announcement:

Elinor Carucci’s intimate color photographs of her family and self are celebrated worldwide for their emotional honesty and personal draw.

She received her BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem before moving to NYC, where she currently lives and works. Ms.Carucci’s work has been exhibited internationally at the Gagosian Gallery in London, Ricco/Maresca Gallery in NYC, the Prague House of Photography, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Israel Museum, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in NYC; and collected by the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, the International Center for Photography in NYC, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Houston Museum of Fine Art. Carucci’s monographs include “Closer” and “Diary of a Dancer”.

Additionally her images have appeared in books Sleep, MaleFamale, Love and Desire by Chronicle; and magazines New York Times Magazine, New Yorker, W, Vogue, New York, PDN, Elle, American Photo, among others. She is the recipient of a 2002 Guggenheim Fellowship and the 2001 ICP Infinity Award. Ms. Carucci currently teaches at the School of Visual Arts and is represented by Edwynn Houk Gallery and Art & Commerce.
Admission: $7 / $5 (members, students, & seniors)

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Today July 26- Family day at the Houston Center for Photography

Family Day-Houston Center for Photography

Sunday, July 26 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

From the website:

Houston Center for Photography announces its 2nd annual Family Day! Kids of all ages are invited to come explore the world of photography in an afternoon at HCP for free!

Start with the historic process of cyanotypes, creating photograms on sun print paper using objects from nature and the store. The sun prints are then exposed in the sunlight and then developed in water and hung to dry. At the next station, kids will be able to create collage people using magazines and images from books. Move into the Digital Age with the Projected Drawings project. Children and parents will take their photos using the in-computer camera then trace the image projected onto a piece of paper.

Projects will include Sunprints, Collage People, Projected Drawings, frame making, digital portraits, and a project in HCP’s Digital Darkroom. Family Portraits will also be available during the event. All projects will be available to take home that day.

For details click here.

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TONIGHT June 25th: Exhibition and Lectures in Minneapolis with McKnight Fellows

On view through August 1st at Franklin Art Works is an exhibition featuring the work of the 2007-2008 McKnight Artist Fellowships in Photography recipients:

Peter Latner

Anthony Marchetti

Paula McCartney


Tom Wik

The exhibition hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 12-5 p.m.

Thursday, June 25th:

Anthony Marchetti, 6 p.m.  and Tom Wik, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday July 16:

Peter Latner, 6 p.m. and Paula McCartney, 6:30 p.m.

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June 26 in Santa Fe: “Through The Lens” Exhibition Walk with Barbara Lucero Sand

Friday, June 26th at 6 pm.  Gallery walk with independent curator Barbara Lucero Sand.

This is another event in the lecture series accompanying the exhibition “Through The Lens: Creating Santa Fe” at the Palace of the Governors, New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe.

Friday, June 26th  6 pm

About the exhibition:

Through the Lens
Nov 21, 2008 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.”

An accompanying catalogue has been published by Museum of New Mexico Press.

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