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Archive for June 17, 2010
June 19th: Opening Reception and Artist Talk for Jonathan Torgovnik’s Intended Consequences exhibition at Fovea in Beacon, NY
From the Fovea website:
“I cannot really tell you how many men came to rape me, but four months later, I was pregnant. I felt so bad, I tried committing suicide twice. I now live with HIV, which is a legacy of genocide.” —Sylvina
Opening Reception and Artist Talk June 19th from 5pm-9pm
Photographs by Jonathan Torgovnik
Intended Consequences: Rwandan Children Born of Rape
Exhibition Dates: June 19th- August 8th, 2010
Fovea is 100% Volunteer run.
143 Main Street in the town of Beacon, New York.”
May 21 – June 28, 2010
From the Galerie BMG website:
“Artist’s Reception: Friday, June 18, 7-8 pm
“My photographs are really about me. I think all art, to some extent, is about the maker…. When I make pictures, it’s my Autobiography….it’s like writing in a journal”
By Twilight is a rarely exhibited and intensely personal and intimate series of photographs by internationally recognized photographer and educator, Keith Carter. The subject of the photographs is Keith’s mother Jane, a children’s portrait photographer, taken in 2006 during the last year of her life as she descended into Alzheimer’s disease. Pat Carter, Keith’s wife, provides a profound insight into this series in her afterword to the recent publication of his book A Certain Alchemy: “Photography was the thing they had shared, and it was a way to animate her . . . Her beauty was never lost to him. But in the end, the process he had loved to watch from atop a stool in her old darkroom reversed itself and her image began to dissolve before his eyes until, finally, she was lost to memory.”
Called “a poet of the ordinary” by the Los Angeles Times, Keith Carter is the recipient of numerous awards and honors and in 1997 was the subject of an arts profile on the national network television show, CBS Sunday Morning. He holds the endowed Walles Chair of Art at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas and received the University’s highest honor in being named Distinguished Lecturer in 1998. His haunting, enigmatic photographs have been widely exhibited in Europe, The U.S., and Latin America and are included in many prestigious private and public collections, as well as eleven published books and monographs.
The exhibition will be on display from May 21 though June 28, with an artist’s talk and reception scheduled for Friday, June 18 from 7 – 8 pm. The same week-end, Keith will be presenting his workshop, “Re-inventing the World”, at the Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) on June 19 & 20. A lecture, open to the public, is also scheduled at CPW for Saturday, June 19 at 8 pm. Gallery hours are Friday through Monday, 11 am to 6 pm, or other times by appointment. For more information, please call 845-679-0027 or click here.”