Archive for March, 2010

Tickets on sale now for “The Legacy of Henri Cartier Bresson” Panel on HCB at MoMA, April 15 at 6:30 p.m.

MoMA will present the program “The Legacy of Henri Cartier-Bresson” in conjunction with the forthcoming exhibition “Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century” (April 11- June 28, 2010).

“Magnum photographer Gilles Peress and art historian Jean-Francois Chevrier discuss the work and legacy of Henri Cartier-Bresson. The program is moderated by Peter Galassi, Chief Curator, Department of Photography.
Tickets ($10; members $8; students, seniors, and staff of other museums $5) can be purchased online, or at the lobby information desk and the film desk.”

From the exhibition web link:

“Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908–2004) is one of the most original, accomplished, influential, and beloved figures in the history of photography. His inventive work of the early 1930s helped define the creative potential of modern photography, and his uncanny ability to capture life on the run made his work synonymous with “the decisive moment”—the title of his first major book. After World War II (most of which he spent as a prisoner of war) and his first museum show (at MoMA in 1947), he joined Robert Capa and others in founding the Magnum photo agency, which enabled photojournalists to reach a broad audience through magazines such as Life while retaining control over their work. In the decade following the war, Cartier-Bresson produced major bodies of photographic reportage on India and Indonesia at the time of independence, China during the revolution, the Soviet Union after Stalin’s death, the United States during the postwar boom, and Europe as its old cultures confronted modern realities. For more than twenty-five years, he was the keenest observer of the global theater of human affairs—and one of the great portraitists of the twentieth century. MoMA’s retrospective, the first in the United States in three decades, surveys Cartier-Bresson’s entire career, with a presentation of about three hundred photographs, mostly arranged thematically and supplemented with periodicals and books. The exhibition travels to The Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.
The exhibition is organized by Peter Galassi, Chief Curator, Department of Photography.

The exhibition is supported by The William Randolph Hearst Endowment Fund.

Additional funding is provided by The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Robert B. Menschel, and Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis.”

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March 28th in Houston: FotoFest “Curatorial Dialogues” Symposia on Contemporary Curatorial Practice

From the FotoFest e-blast:

“Curating Contemporary Photography
Sunday, March 28, 2010, 2 – 5pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Brown Auditorium Theater
1001 Bissonnet, Houston, Texas 77005 [map]

Reception and Book Signings Follow the Symposium

Anne Wilkes Tucker
– Speaking on the history of curating photography

Charlotte Cotton -Speaking about curating contemporary photography in an international context and the interaction between public programming and programs in the context of the art world

Gilbert Vicario
-On curating photography as contemporary art

Daniel Joseph Martinez
– Curating from the artists’ perspective and looking at the differences present in contemporary cultural perspectives and curating in a cross-cultural context.

This Symposium is presented as part of the series of Curatorial Dialogues FotoFest has initiated for the FotoFest 2010 Biennial. FotoFest Artistic Director Wendy Watriss moderates the panel.

Following the panel there is a reception and book signings by Charlotte Cotton and Daniel Joseph Martinez in the lobby of the Audrey Jones Beck Building, next to the exhibition Ruptures and Continuities: Photography Made after 1960 from the MFAH collection”

This event, and the MFAH’s exhibition, are not to be missed!  The exhibition continues through May 9, 2010.

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March 31st: Susan Bright and Sarah Pickering Conversation and Book Signing at Aperture Gallery

From the Aperture Foundation e-blast:



Join independent writer, lecturer, and curator Susan Bright, and photographer Sarah Pickering in conversation on the occasion of the publication of Pickering’s first monograph: Explosions, Fires and Public Order (Aperture, April 2010). A book signing will follow the conversation.

Bright will talk with Pickering about her four series gathered in this book which collectively present a visually arresting glimpse into the secret world of civil defense. Public Order explores the Metropolitan Police Public Order Training Centre, a simulated urban environment near London where officers rehearse responses to imagined scenarios of civic unrest. In Explosions, Pickering documents the use of controlled explosions by the British military to add realistic stress to training exercises. Fire Series and Incident were produced while Pickering was an artist in residence at the UK Fire Training College. She photographed blazes set inside meticulously constructed home interiors as well as charred remnants of fake urban settings after the scenario fires had been put out.

Sarah Pickering (born in Durham City, England, 1972) finished her MA in photography at the Royal College of Art in London in 2005. She is the recipient of several awards, including the Photographers’ Gallery Graduate Award and a Jerwood Award. Pickering has exhibited internationally and in the UK where her work was part of How We Are: Photographing Britain, at Tate Britain. She lives in London.

Susan Bright is well known internationally for her contributions to the photographic world as commentator, exhibition curator, and author. She has taught extensively and convened major conferences and seminars on many aspects of art and photography internationally. Previous posts include Assistant Curator of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, London, Curator at the Association of Photographers, London, and Acting Director for the MA photography course (Historic and Contemporary) at Sotheby’s Institute, London. Although raised in the United Kingdom, Bright was born in Western Australia. While based in London, Bright curated the 2007 exhibition Face of Fashion for The National Portrait Gallery. Later that same year, she was co-curator of the landmark exhibition How We Are: Photographing Britain at Tate Britain. As an author, Bright is best known for Art Photography Now (Aperture). She currently lives in New York.


Wednesday, March 31, 6:30 pm

Aperture Gallery
547 West 27th Street, 4th floor
(between 10th and 11th Avenue)
New York, NY
(212) 505-5555

Subway: C, E to 23rd Street and 8th Avenue or 1 to 28th Street and 7th Avenue


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March 28-April 2 CONNECT 2010: Palm Springs Photo Festival

A reminder that the Palm Springs Photo Festival starts this Sunday!

See an overview of the event by clicking here.

Congratulations to the 16 finalists of the Slide Show Contest! To see a list of the finalists, click here.

Hope to see you all there!

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MVS to Savannah, Lecturing THIS FRIDAY 3pm at SCAD’s Arnold Hall

I’m giving a public lecture that is open to all this Friday.  Please join us!

Details on the SCAD Blog

Arnold Hall, 3pm

Can’t wait to be back in the land of SCAD Savannah!

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Registration open for FPC’s Annual Portfolio Review Weekend April 9-11th

The Flagstaff Photography Center Portfolio Review Weekend is right around the corner!

From the FPC website:

“FPC’s Annual Portfolio Review and Emerging Artist Award Juried Competition


Portfolio Review Weekend April 9 – 11, 2010

Friday April 9, 6 – 8 pm
FPC’s Portfolio Review Weekend Reception
Get a chance to meet the Reviewers before hand at the FPC.  Light refreshments.

Saturday, April 10, 10 am – 4 pm
Special Guest Speaker
Marita Holdaway, Benham Gallery-Benham Fine Art, founder and consultant

Marita will be presenting her talk, VISION TO VOCATION: The Business of Being an Artist at the FPC.  A one day workshop with Ms. Holdaway that will be a whirlwind of information and motivation to get you thinking outside of the box about your art and how to get it out there.  You will learn how to define your work and goals and recognize appropriate venues for you photographs.

You will learn how to be prepared to go public with your art by understanding pricing, editioning, signing, presenting and stroing your prints.  Also, learn ways to create portfolios, resumes and promotional materials.

We will concentrate on ways to do market research to find a variety of outlets for your artwork and how to approach those venues with positive results by creating a marketing plan that works for you.

Sunday, April 11, Morning and Afternoon Sessions
Portfolio Review at the Zane Grey Ballroom in the Hotel Weatherford.  Photographers from all experience levels are invited to have their bodies of work reviewed in one-on-one, half hour sittings with a variety of persons specializing in photography, design, fine art, publishing and education.

Limited space is available for the morning and afternoon sessions.

Price Schedule

$100/$80* – Both Sessions Sunday Reviews

$75/$60* – Morning or Afternoon Sessions Sunday Reviews

$60/$40**- Vision to Vocation Saturday Workshop

$60  – Juried Competition Only

*FPC Members and Students

**Review Participants, FPC Members and Students

$50 – FPC Memberships ($75 as of May 1st, 2010)

Emerging Artist Award Competition

To Be Announced Sunday after 5 pm in the Zane Grey Ballroom

Register in advance for the juried competition to have your work selected by a panel of reviewers for exhibition in the Bennett/Running Gallery at the FPC.  The Emerging Artist Awards* are open to any and all non-professional photographers in Arizona.  Award winners will receive prints of their work generously reproduced by Hance Partners for display at the FPC.

Call Jason at FPC to Register for the Portfolio Reviews and the Juried Competition: 928-774-2544″

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March 24th 6:30 pm: Keith Carter, 2010 “Lenses of our Perception” Lecture/Book Signing at MFA Houston

Tonight I had the great pleasure of seeing the exhibition  SHANGRI-LA, recent works by Keith Carter, including the new “OCCULARIA” series.    Don’t miss this upcoming lecture in Houston!  He is an inspiration.

from the MFA Houston Website:

University of Houston Visual Studies Presents Photographer KEITH CARTER

March 24, 2010 6:30 PM
at the Caroline Wiess Law Building

*** U of H Visual Studies ***
Please join us for Keith Carter
Lenses of our Perception Award Lecture

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
6:30 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Lecture
Book signing to follow lecture
Brown Auditorium Theater

The UH Visual Studies program with the UH College of Optometry is proud to honor Keith Carter, an internationally acclaimed photographer, for his work Ocularia with the 2010Lenses of our Perception lecture award. In the series Ocularia, Carter develops a layered vision combining our outer perception of space through photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope with inward ocular images of his own eye to create dazzling, colorful vistas of perception. Thus, Carter relies on both telescopic and microscopic technologies — as neither view is available to the unaided eye — to play with our notions of what we can see, and thus, what we can know.

Keith Carter has been called “a transcendent realist” photographer and “a poet of the ordinary.” He has received numerous awards including, the Texas Medal of Arts and named Texas Artist of the year by Art League Houston in 2009. Additionally, Carter has been honored with the PhotoVision Award from Photographic Center Northwest (2007), Power of the Image Award from The Light Factory (2005), as well as two National Endowment for the Arts Regional Survey Grants and the prestigious Lange-Taylor Prize in 1991 from The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Carter has been the subject of a 2006 documentary The Photographers Series: Keith Carter( and national television segment, “Keith Carter: Poet of the Ordinary” (2007, CBS Sunday Morning).

Carter has published twelve monographs, and his photographs are included in a great many public and private collections— including the Art Institute of Chicago, President and Mrs. Barak Obama, Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Gallery of Art, George Eastman House, J. Paul Getty Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern and Mexican Photography at Texas State University.

The 2010 Lenses of our Perception lecture is sponsored by the UH Visual Studies program and UH College of Optometry with Fotofest, Photo Forum, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and Houston Center for Photography.

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March 25th in Tucson: Liz Cohen Lecture, 5:30 pm at the Center for Creative Photography

Liz Cohen will lecture at the Center for Creative Photography on March 25th at 5:30 pm.

This lecture is part of the University of Arizona School of Art Visiting Artist and Scholar Series “Transculturations: Cultural Hybridity in American Art.”

In addition, Cohen’s work will be on view at the UA’s Joseph Gross Gallery:

Works by Liz Cohen

March 5 – April 7, 2010
“Through artistic performance and photography, Cohen manipulates social identifiers including race, gender, and body. Fluidity and transformation form the base of her work: exploring roles within a culture, embodying them, and transforming their meaning. Her multifaceted approach to entering the lowrider sub-culture is ripe with themes that challenge what it means to be a woman, visual artist, custom mechanic, model, and promoter.”

From the lecture series website:

“Liz Cohen’s projects create parameters for experiences in which she negotiates her relationships within groups where she does not have the defining characteristic for membership. As her work changes she remains interested in groups of men, radical transformation, and in-between-ness.

Cohen spent four years performing her investigations for CANAL, a series of photographs and performances about a group of transgender sex workers along the fringe of the Panama Canal. The transgender sex worker’s bodies become metaphors for Panama’s geography and history. She learned to transform her appearance and took on the personas of different sex workers she had met for a series of performances.

With BODYWORK, she shifted her focus toward the flexibilities of group membership in the lowrider world and became a member of a group of men who do the customizing work on these cars. Bodywork is the attempt to transform an East German car into an American car by means of hydraulic technology. Simultaneously, Cohen converted her own body into one worthy of a car-show bikini model.

Liz Cohen’s work has been shown internationally including exhibitions at Färgfabriken (Stockholm), the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), Galerie Laurent Godin (Paris), Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Rubin Center (El Paso).

Cohen is the Artist-in-Residence/Head of Photography at the Cranbrook Academy of Art.

She is represented by Galerie Laurent Godin (Paris). “

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“Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe” lectures now archived online

The lecture videos from the Through the Lens series are now available to watch on the Through the Lens website at

There are lectures by Barbara Lucero Sand, Krista Elrick, David Taylor, Katherine Ware, Chris Wilson, Lucy Lippard, Andrew Leo Lovato, Darius Himes, Michael Berman and Anthony Anella.

Don’t miss the opportunity to view these amazing talks.

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March 20th: Dr. Deborah Willis book signing and lectures in New Orleans

From the New Orleans Photo Alliance website/ facebook invite:

“During The American Dream exhibit’s closing weekend, Dr. Deborah Willis will be in town for some exciting events!

Dr. Willis will talk about one of her newest books, Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs followed by a book signing at the McKenna Museum on Saturday, March 20, 3:30pm. Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs and Posing Beauty will be available for purchase.

McKenna Museum

2003 Carondelet Street

New Orleans, LA 70130

Deborah Willis will also present a juror’s talk on Saturday, March 20, 5:30 doors, 6pm lecture at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery in conjunction with the following exhibition.

New Orleans Photo Alliance

1111 St. Mary Street

New Orleans, LA 70130

The American Dream group exhibit; Juried by Deborah Willis
The New Orleans Photo Alliance is proud to present the national juried photographic exhibit, “The American Dream”, juried by 2005 Guggenheim and 2000 MacArthur Fellow, Deborah Willis. Dr. Deb Willis, a professor at New York University is also a professional art photographer and one of the nation’s leading historians of African American photography. She is the author of numerous books including the recent, critically acclaimed, The Black Female Body: A Photographic History with Carla Williams.

–What does the American Dream look like? How is it now defined? Has it been realized?–

“…These are the three questions that I explored as I looked at the photographic works submitted to The New Orleans Photo Alliance call for The American Dream. I realized early on that the visual response to the questions was not a monolithic vision but one that explored ideas about notions of home, family, work, religion, as well as the land. The images in this exhibition challenge ideas about dreaming in and about America…”
–Deborah Willis, New York University

Twenty six photographers were chosen for the exhibit, including Roman Alokhin, Kevin Kline, Leslie Parr, René Merino, and David Armentor from New Orleans, Jeremiah Ariaz from Baton Rouge, as well as Ben Lenzner, Gordon Stettinius, Lydia Panas, Elen Awalom, Shraddha Borawake, John C. Dyes, Lola Flash, Lili Holzer-Glier, Letitia Huckaby, Matthew Lester, Alison Malone, John Patrick Naughton, Laura Noel, Kate Pollard, Jim Schater, David Schalliol, Alix Smith, Samantha VanDeman, Colette Veasey-Cullors, and Bruce West.

Exhibition dates: February 4 – March 21, 2010″

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