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May 7th: Fellowship Artist Talks & Exhibition Tour with Juror Brian Paul Clamp at HCP

From the Houston Center for Photography website:

© Scott Dalton

© Matt Eich

Fellowship Artist Talks and Exhibition Tour
Brian Paul Clamp, juror, in conversation with HCP Fellowship recipient Matt Eich and Carol Crow Fellowship recipient Scott Dalton
Friday, May 7, 2010
at 5:30 p.m.

Free and Open to the Public

Join HCP before the opening reception on Friday May 7 for an exhibition tour and conversation with the 2010 Fellowship juror, Brian Paul Clamp, and the 2010 Fellowship recipients Scott Dalton and Matt Eich.

Scott Dalton‘s work explores the people and places that inspired Gabriel García Márquez´s 1967 book One Hundred Years of Solitude, Dalton has created a body of work that represents the essence of Macondo, the fictional town in which the book is set.

Carry Me Ohio is Matt Eich´s exploration of the lives of residents in Southeastern Ohio. In an area left depressed and impoverished by the boom and subsequent bust of the industries of coal, salt, clay, and timber, the people live with a poverty rate of 27.4% and some $14,000 under the national average income.

Brian Paul Clamp is the owner and director of ClampArt, a gallery in Chelsea in New York City specializing in modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on photography. ClampArt mounts ten to fifteen exhibitions per year featuring the work of emerging and mid-career artists. Mr. Clamp opened the gallery in 2000 after completing a Master of Arts degree in Critical Studies in Modern Art at Columbia University. For eight years prior to that Mr. Clamp served as the director of a gallery on Manhattan’s Upper East Side specializing in late 19th- and early 20th-century American paintings. Aside from exhibitions at his own gallery space, Clamp has curated numerous photography shows at various venues throughout the United States, and has reviewed photographers’ portfolios on dozens of panels over the past several years. Mr. Clamp is the author of numerous publications on American art to date, and also occasionally contributes written work to various art periodicals.

1441 West Alabama Houston, TX 77006″


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May 6th: Opening Reception, May 8th: Jennifer Karady and Christopher Sims Artist Talk at SF Camerawork

From the SF Camerawork website:

“Thursday, May 6, 2010:


Image by Jennifer Karady

Join us for First Thursday as we stay open late for the public opening of our new exhibitions! Stop by after work, have a glass of wine, and check out the art in three new shows: Jennifer Karady, In Country: Soldiers’ Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan; Christopher Sims: The 2010 Baum Award for Emerging American Photographers; and Roll Call: An SF Camerawork Members’ Exhibition.

5 – 8 pm

Saturday, May 8, 2010:


Image by Christopher Sims

Join us at Camerawork for a special presentation with artists Jennifer Karady and Christopher Sims as they talk about their work on view in the gallery. With subjects residing on the opposite ends of combat, both artists visually depict aspects of the current wars in which the United States is engaged. Featuring Jennifer Karady’s inaugural exhibition of staged narrative portraiture, and the work of Christopher Sims, the 2010 recipient of  The Baum Award for Emerging American Photographers, the combination of these two bodies of work in one location provides a looking glass into an America most have never seen before. Admission is free to the public!

1 pm

657 Mission Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105″

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On NPR this morning: Art exhibitions at the San Francisco Airport!

I travel by air frequently.  Some of my favorite exhibitions have been on view at airports, and my lectures are always populated with art I have recently seen in airports as an example of venues with a large viewing audience. Among them, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) stands out as one of the best.

This morning NPR featured a wonderful story on art in the airport. I love the fact that they have an educational program in conjunction with their exhibitions, offering a downloadable PDF; check out this one which accompanies the “Woven Legacies” exhibition.

Here is the link to the story on NPR’s Morning Edition today.

Here is the “ABOUT” section of the website:

“In 1980 the San Francisco Airport Commission entered into a collaboration with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco to create a museum program at the San Francisco International Airport. After a successful first year, a department (now San Francisco Airport Museums) was established to create exhibitions that would humanize the Airport environment and create an ambience in the Airport that reflects the sophistication and cultural diversity of the City and County of San Francisco and the entire Bay Area.

Over the years, this program has grown from modest beginnings in North Terminal (now Terminal 3) to an extensive museum within the Airport. Today, the San Francisco Airport Museums features approximately twenty galleries throughout the Airport terminalsdisplaying a rotating schedule of art, history, science, and cultural exhibitions, as well as the San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library and Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum, a permanent collection dedicated to the history of commercial aviation.

San Francisco Airport Museums is the first of its kind in the United States of America and is now a widely imitated model for museums operating in public arenas. In 1999, San Francisco Airport Museums became the first museum in an airport to receive accreditation from the American Association of Museums.

Unlike most public arts programs, this program is never static. Exhibitions change throughout the year in an effort to provide an educational and cultural experience for the nearly 30 million passengers who use the Airport annually. Over the years, the Airport’s audience surveys reveal that the exhibitions program ranks high in the top five services that the Airport offers to passengers. The San Francisco Airport Museums has become an integral part of the San Francisco International Airport. Each exhibition is curated specifically for the Airport by a staff of museum professionals who are Airport employees. The exhibitions are an established Airport tradition that attracts visitors from throughout the world.”

In the past, one of the SFO Curators has participated as a Reviewer in the “Our World” event each spring, sponsored by PhotoAlliance.

Do you know the curator at your local airport?  Are they on your mailing list?   They should be!

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Discussion on “Future of Book Publishing” on Bob Edwards Weekend radio program

Jean Laughton tipped me off that today on “Bob Edwards Weekend” there was a discussion on the future of book publishing in the first hour.

From the website:

“Publishing industry visionary Richard Nash, will kick off our series on The Future of Book Publishing. Nash is the former publisher of the independent Soft Skull Press and founder of the new social publishing house Cursor.

Peter Brantley is the director of the Bookserver Projec at the Internet Archive. As part of our series on the publishing industry, Bob talks with Brantley about the effects of technology on the future of reading, writing, and selling books.”

This is the first in a series of three broadcasts to be devoted to book publishing.

Download the podcast here.

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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 4th in Tucson: “Storytelling in the Digital Revolution” with Deanne Fitzmaurice

ASMP Tucson presents internationally renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice.

For more information about the event, click here.

To go to Deanne Fitzmaurice’s website, click here.

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The JAZZ LOFT PROJECT: A multimedia must!

This morning on NPR’s Weekend Edition featured its last installment of the JAZZ LOFT PROJECT, a story of the early 1960’s as captured on audio recordings captured by photographer W. Eugene Smith in his NYC loft at 821 6th Avenue, which was a gathering place for jazz musicians, often jamming late into the night.   In today’s segment, the sounds from Smith’s radio in the background told of life in America in the 1963, which along with Smith’s life, was falling apart.  The Jazz Loft Project tells us of the life of a photographer, the movement of modern jazz, and of our country in a time of great turmoil.

From the Jazz Loft Project website:


In January 1955 W. Eugene Smith, a celebrated photographer at Life magazine whose quarrels with his editors were legendary, quit his longtime well-paying job at the magazine. He was thirty-six. He was ambitious, quixotic, in search of greater freedom and artistic license. He turned his attention to a freelance assignment in Pittsburgh, a three-week job that turned into a four-year obsession and in the end, remained unfinished. In a letter to Ansel Adams, Smith described it as a “debacle” and an “embarrassment.”

In 1957, Smith moved out of the home he shared with his wife and four children in Croton-on-Hudson, New York and moved into a dilapidated, five-story loft building at 821 Sixth Avenue in New York City’s wholesale flower district. 821 Sixth Avenue (between Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth streets) was a late-night haunt of musicians, including some of the biggest names in jazz—Charles Mingus, Zoot Sims, Bill Evans, and Thelonious Monk among them—and countless fascinating, underground characters. As his ambitions broke down for the epic Pittsburgh project, Smith found solace in the chaotic, somnambulistic world of the loft and its artists. He turned his documentary impulses away from Pittsburgh and toward his offbeat new surroundings.

From 1957 to 1965, Smith exposed 1,447 rolls of film at the loft, making roughly 40,000 pictures, the largest body of work in his career.  He photographed the nocturnal jazz scene as well as life on the streets of the flower district, as seen from his fourth-floor window. He wired the building like a surreptitious recording studio and made 1,740 reels (4,000 hours) of stereo and mono audiotapes, capturing more than 300 musicians, among them Roy Haynes, Sonny Rollins, Bill Evans, Roland Kirk, Alice Coltrane, Don Cherry, and Paul Bley. He also recorded legends such as pianists Eddie Costa, and Sonny Clark, drummers Ronnie Free and Edgar Bateman, saxophonist Lin Halliday, bassist Henry Grimes, and multi-instrumentalist Eddie Listengart.

Also dropping in on the nighttime scene were the likes of Doris Duke, Norman Mailer, Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Salvador Dalí, as well as pimps, prostitutes, drug addicts, thieves, photography students, local cops, building inspectors, marijuana dealers, and others.

The Jazz Loft Project, organized by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University in cooperation with the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona and the W. Eugene Smith estate, is devoted to preserving and cataloging Smith’s tapes, researching the photographs, and obtaining oral history interviews with all surviving loft participants. The transferred recordings reveal high sound quality and extraordinary musical and cultural content, offering unusual documentation of an after-hours New York jazz scene.”

Read about the book component to the project here.

WYNC’s  Jazz Loft Project Radio Series was presented in 10 episodes.

“Sara Fishko and WNYC, in collaboration with partners at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University, have build a radio series from the tapes of loft life discounted in W. Eugene Smith’s vast archive.”  Hosted by Sara Fiscko, Produced by WNYC. Read Fisko’s introduction to the Jazz Loft Project Radio Series and read complete credits here, and a listing of content featured in each segment here.

From the credits, expanded credits to Smith’s Estate, and the Center for Creative Photography, which together enabled this project to commence: “Smith’s photographs and tapes from the loft building at 821 Sixth Avenue, New York City, 1957–1965, represented in the Jazz Loft Project, were generously made available by the CCP and the Smith Estate. The CCP collects, preserves, interprets, and makes available materials that are essential to understanding photography and its history. Through its archives, collections, education programs, exhibitions, and publications, the CCP promotes research into and appreciation of the photographic medium. The archives of significant American photographers—including Ansel Adams, Harry Callahan, W. Eugene Smith, Edward Weston, Garry Winogrand, and Louise Dahl-Wolfe—form the core of the collection. The CCP has an integrated program of preservation, access, and education that celebrates the history of photography and its contemporary practice. The CCP was established in 1975 by photographer Ansel Adams and University of Arizona president John P. Schaefer. It is a special collection within the University of Arizona Libraries.”

Click here to view WEB EXTRAS which include a slide show of 25 of Smith’s photographs with ambient sound recordings made in the loft.

WNYC’a Leonard Lopate  Show Interview with Sam Stephenson (December 8, 2009):

“W. Eugene Smith’s Jazz Loft Project has been legendary in the worlds of art, photography, and music for more than 40 years. Sam Stephenson, writer and instructor at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, tells about his seven-year project to catalog, archive, select, and edit Smith’s jazz loft photographs and tapes for his book, The Jazz Loft Project. It includes photographs of some of the biggest names in jazz—Charles Mingus, Zoot Sims, Bill Evans, and Thelonious Monk among them—and countless underground characters who hung out at 821 Sixth Avenue late at night, as well as street scenes that Smith took from his fourth-floor window. ”

Sam Stephenson has spent many years studying the work of Smith.  Learn more about Stephenson from this link on the CDC website:

“Stephenson became interested in Pittsburgh’s history and character during a visit to the city to meet the family of his fiancée seven years ago and began researching the life and work of Smith. Since then, he has edited two books on the photographer: Dream Street: W. Eugene Smith’s Pittsburgh Project, published by the Center for Documentary Studies in association with W.W. Norton and Co., and W. Eugene Smith,published by Phaidon Press in its Photography 55 series. Stephenson also wrote the script for the documentary film Brilliant Fever: W. Eugene Smith and Pittsburgh, which will screen at CDS on Thursday, January 23, at 7 p.m. The National Endowment for the Humanities recognized Stephenson’s work and awarded him a fellowship to continue his research on Smith; currently, Stephenson is directing a documentary and oral history project about the New York loft where Smith lived and worked and where jazz greats, such as Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, and Charles Mingus, frequently held all-night jam sessions.”

Stephenson’s curatorial work continues: this exhibition is coming to the New York this spring:

“The Underground Story of Photographer W. Eugene Smith and the Jazz Loft is Told in a New Multimedia Exhibition at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.  Photographs and audio feature the anonymous and celebrated, including; Thelonious Monk, Zoot Sims, Salvador Dali, and Norman Mailer. The Jazz Loft Project on view from February 17, 2010 to May 22, 2010 in the Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery.”

I’ll post more about this exhibition as it approaches.

Lastly, click here to read a review of the Jazz Loft Project published on November 27th, 2009 on the CONSCIENTIOUS weblog authored by Joerg Colberg

…and more press links are archived here.

SO much to learn from this fantastic project!

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