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Sophie T. Lvoff, Constance and Delachaise

Sophie T. Lvoff, Constance and Delachaise

Sophie T. Lvoff

Constance and Delachaise,
New Orleans, 2011
From the Hell’s Bells / Sulfur / Honey series
Website – SophieLvoff.com

Sophie T. Lvoff was born in 1986 in New York and received her BFA in photography and imaging, and philosophy from New York University. Exhibitions of her photographs have been shown in galleries and museums in the United States and Europe, including Institut d'Art Contemporain in Villeurbanne, France; Musée de l'Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland; The Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans; Grand Central Terminal in New York; the Aperture Foundation in New York; Art Miami; and Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans. Lvoff has also curated a number of group exhibitions in New York and New Orleans. She is a member of Good Children Gallery, a collective gallery in New Orleans that is currently participating in St. Claude Satellites, a satellite exhibition program during Prospect.2. She is an MFA candidate in Studio Arts at Tulane University.

Sophie T. Lvoff, Constance and Delachaise

Sophie T. Lvoff, Constance and Delachaise

Sophie T. Lvoff

Constance and Delachaise,
New Orleans, 2011
From the Hell’s Bells / Sulfur / Honey series
Website – SophieLvoff.com

Sophie T. Lvoff was born in 1986 in New York and received her BFA in photography and imaging, and philosophy from New York University. Exhibitions of her photographs have been shown in galleries and museums in the United States and Europe, including Institut d'Art Contemporain in Villeurbanne, France; Musée de l'Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland; The Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans; Grand Central Terminal in New York; the Aperture Foundation in New York; Art Miami; and Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans. Lvoff has also curated a number of group exhibitions in New York and New Orleans. She is a member of Good Children Gallery, a collective gallery in New Orleans that is currently participating in St. Claude Satellites, a satellite exhibition program during Prospect.2. She is an MFA candidate in Studio Arts at Tulane University.

Delpire & Co., New York City


 

As part of our sixtieth anniversary celebration, Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with our partners, presents the exhibition Delpire & Co. featuring a half century of achievement in the life and career of visionary French publisher, editor, and curator Robert Delpire.

Over the past sixty years, the eyes and instincts of Robert Delpire have shaped much of the world’s understanding of photography. A prolific publisher and exhibition organizer, with a razor-sharp comprehension of the graphic arts, Delpire has had a defining hand in the careers of many of the master photographers of recent history.

“Nous avons une autre conception du lecteur”, André François, 1972; “Qui êtes-vous Polly Maggoo”, poster for film directed by William Klein, produced by Robert Delpire, 1965; Henri Matisse, France, 1944, photograph by Henri Cartier- Bresson.

Delpire & Co. (Delpire et Cie in the original French) was one of the highlights of the Rencontres d’Arles in summer 2009, and was subsequently given a major presentation at la Maison Européenne de la Photographie (related video) in Paris from October 2009 to January 2010—to which Vingt Paris Magazine said, “Savor it”—with the continued support of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès.

The exhibition showcases Delpire’s rise to prominence in the world of photography through his pioneering and seminal work in magazine (see: Neuf, Le Nouvel Observateur, Photo Poche) and book publishing—titles including Gypsies (Aperture 2011) and Koudelka (Aperture 2007)— films, curatorship, and advertising for the past fifty years.

Delpire & Co. will be divided among four different venues, creating altogether a comprehensive exhibition on Delpire’s many initiatives. Howard Greenberg Gallery and Pace/MacGill Gallery will also have exhibitions concurrently on view in celebration of Robert Delpire’s life and work.

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Delpire & Co. Exhibition
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
6:00–8:00 pm
Exhibition on view: Thursday, May 10, 2012–Thursday, July 19, 2012

FREE

Aperture Gallery
New York, New York

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apertureNEWS: Staff Announcements


With many noteworthy projects on the horizon, this May Aperture Foundation has the pleasure of announcing the exciting addition of three members to staff, David Yu, Barbara Escobar, and Katie Clifford.

David Yu / Development Director


David Yu joins Aperture with more than sixteen years of experience in partnership-building and fundraising, playing a pivotal role in reshaping the corporate sponsorship program at amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, also managing the conception, creative development, and implementation of ground-breaking special events for the foundation, including projects based in New York City, Paris, and Dubai, as well as the celebrated TWO x TWO for AIDS Art Gala and Auction.

Prior to his tenure at amfAR, David managed the significant growth of special events at inMotion, Inc., including its popular Annual Photography Auction and Benefit. David successfully increased fundraising revenue by nearly 70% over three years, generating millions of dollars in support of inMotion’s missions and programs.

Aperture Foundation Executive Director, Chris Boot notes:

“This is a key role in the organization, at a time of rapid development and change, and I am thrilled that David will be joining us. He will help build good relationships for Aperture in many directions, and will bring a lot of energy to the planning of our 60th Anniversary gala and auction this October – an important moment for us. He has the ambition, skills, personality, and contacts, to really make something of the opportunities at Aperture, and I am very much looking forward to working with him. Please join me in welcoming David to Aperture”.

David holds an MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University and a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University


Barbara Escobar / Publicity and Events Manager


We also welcome Barbara Escobar to the post of Publicity and Events Manager at Aperture Foundation.  Prior to working in marketing at Phillips de Pury & Company in New York, Ms. Escobar worked as Gallery Manager at Transformer in Washington, DC, where she led public relations for the contemporary art non-profit’s exhibitions and programs.

Barbara holds an MA in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in Art History and Philosophy from Catholic University.


Katie Clifford / Executive Assistant


Lastly, Katie Clifford will be joining Aperture Foundation as Executive Assistant to Chris Boot. Katie has several years experience in photography, having worked as assistant to Elliott Erwitt, Eric Franck and, at Hotshoe Magazine, to Melissa DeWitt.

 

Please contact Barbara Escobar at bescobar(at)aperture.org or 212.946.7123 for further information.

Exploring “The Pleasures of Good Photographs”

Exploring “The Pleasures of Good Photographs”

The Pleasure of Good Photographs by Gerry Badger. Photo by Tom Griggs

A Flak Photo Discussion with Tom Griggs

Hey Photobook Fans!

Flak Photo is is teaming up with fototazo creator Tom Griggs to host an online community conversation focused on essays from Gerry Badger’s recently published The Pleasures of Good Photographs. For those of you who don't already have a copy, Aperture Foundation offers a 20% discount for online orders via their website.

Order the book from Aperture Foundation »

Badger is a critic, curator, and photographer who — for over 30 years — has contributed essays to periodicals and books that shape our contemporary understanding of photography. Witty, scholarly, and highly readable, the essays touch on subjects from photobooks to Photoshop, using work from dozens of photographers to investigate themes that impact all of us as makers of and thinkers about photography.

This public discussion will provide a structured setting for reading the book and exploring its ideas. It will be a forum for expanding our understanding by reading collectively, a place for asking and answering questions and looking at how the book’s themes can be applied beyond the book itself.

All are welcome to join us in the conversation, which will be hosted in Flak Photo Books, a Facebook group designed to facilitate the collaborative exploration of new ideas in photography. Our first discussion kicks off on Monday, May 7, 2012 with the essay, "Literate, Authoritative, Transcendent: Walker Evans's American Photographs" (page 22).

Confirm your participation on our Facebook event »

Naturally, we'd love for more people to hear about this; please feel free to share this news with friends, students and colleagues who would be interested in contributing to the dialogue. Please, join us!

Artist Talk: Shirin Neshat

Shirin Neshat, “Veiled Women in Three Arches” (from the series “Women of Allah”), 1999, © Shirin Neshat

Aperture Foundation and the Photography Program at the School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design are pleased to present a lecture with artist Shirin Neshat, the Iranian born and New York-based photographer, filmmaker, and video artist, whose controversial work has received international acclaim for its exploration of the complex socio-political discourse surrounding the female experience in Iranian society.

Born in Qazvin, Iran before immigrating to the United States in 1974, Neshat has been called “artist of the decade” by G. Roger Denson of the Huffington Post “[because her work is] chronically relevant to an increasingly global culture,” exploring our “convergence and collision of values.” Often through the use of multi-channel video and sound installations, her exacting iconography turns to historical and contemporary sources to create technically beautiful and richly provocative portraits, often addressing the deep-rooted resilience and determination of women in Muslim societies.

Beginning in the nineties with the provocative portrait series Women of Allah (1993-1997)—“the stark photographs of Iranian women in chadors, some brandishing guns, others with skin covered by Persian script that few people outside Iran can read”— Neshat’s artistic practice has focused on the myriad dualities inherent in Iranian gender structures. She explains in an interview with Studio Banana, that the interrogation of such dualities is inherent to her work, both in the content and form.

Neshat’s 1998 Turbulent utilizes two opposing projections, two singers (one male, one female) to create a striking visual and audible metaphor for the complexity of gender and social power within the framework of ancient Persian music and poetry. Necessary viewing.

In conversation with Heyoka Magazine, Neshat remarks, that in order to properly analyze her body of work, a viewer must always consider both its personal and social context that always run parallel:

“My themes always seem to develop as a personal inquiry toward certain issues that I am faced with as an individual; for example my resentment and questions toward political powers or events such as the Islamic revolution (1979) that has determined the course of my life and so many other Iranians’. Consequently this path naturally has pulled me toward a larger cultural investigation.”

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›› Neshat has most recently addressed the Arab Spring and the momentum of these uprisings in a photography and video installation at Gladstone Gallery (2012).

›› Released in 2009, Neshat’s feature-film debut, Women Without Men, is an “exquisitely crafted view of Iran in 1953, when a British- and American-backed coup removed the democratically elected government.”

Artist Talk: Shirin Neshat
Tuesday, May 1, 6:30PM
FREE
Aperture Gallery and Bookstore
New York, New York

Shared Vision: A Conversation with Sondra Gilman, Celso Gonzalez-Falla, and Mitch Epstein

Flag, 2000 (c) Mitch Epstein

In the mid-70s, Mitch Epstein was exhibiting some of his earliest work, some of the images first to elevate color photography into the realm of fine art, joining the ranks of Stephen Shore and William Eggleston. Right around that time, Sondra Gilman, who, along with her husband Celso Gonzalez-Falla, has been repeated ranked among the top photo collectors in the world by ARTnews, purchased her first photograph.

She had “tripped over a [Eugène] Atget show” at MoMA, she tells New York Social Diary in an interview (accompanied by dozens of images of the collection at home in their Upper East Side townhouse), and “literally had an epiphany.” She ended up buying three $250 prints at a time when photographs “had no value.” Since then, the couple’s collection has grown to several hundred vintage prints, and their value, surely to no one’s surprise today, has grown astronomically.

Marcelle Polednik, Director MOCA Jacksonville, Celso Gonzalez-Falla and Sondra Gilman at a walkthrough of Shared Vision during Aperture’s Armory Brunch 2012.

On Wednesday, April 11, 2012 Aperture Foundation presents a conversation with Gilman and Gonzalez-Falla alongside Epstein, whose work features prominently in the Shared Vision collection (at Aperture through April 21, 2012). This ambitious exhibition, organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Jacksonville, curated by Ben Thompson and Paul Karabinis, brings together their most iconic images reflecting the diverse nature of an entire century of photography. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue published by MOCA and produced by Aperture, including historical context for each image and photographer as well as curatorial remarks.

Epstein, who won the Prix Pictet in 2011, the Berlin Prize in Arts and Letters in 2008, and the Kraszna-Krausz Photography Book Award in 2004, also appears in the New York Times Magazine Photographs, edited by Kathy Ryan, and Aperture issue 168. A former student of Garry Winogrand at Cooper Union in the early ’70s, his work has since landed in the collections of the MoMA, the Whitney, the Getty Museum, SFMOMA, and Tate Modern in London. While his projects often start as independent explorations or excursions, he has a strong inclination to “engage with issues beyond self-reflexive ones,” he tells BOMB in a lengthy interview about how some of his latest projects including American Power, progressed from an editorial assignment, to a print series, to a book.

Watch a great video shot at Tate Modern of Epstein discussing his latest series and exploring what makes a strong photograph. Check out photos from our the walkthrough of the Shared Vision exhibition with Marcelle Polednik, Director of MOCA Jacksonville and the collectors, and the VIP walkthrough during last weekend’s AIPAD Photography Show. And find images of the installation as well as an index of the work on view at DLK Collection.

Shared Vision: A Conversation with Sondra Gilman, Celso Gonzalez-Falla, and Mitch Epstein
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 6:30 pm
FREE

Aperture Gallery and Bookstore
547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor
New York, New York
(212) 505-5555

Robin Schwartz, Elijah’s Tail

Robin Schwartz, Elijah’s Tail

Robin Schwartz

Elijah’s Tail,
, 2010
From the Amelia’s World: Animal Affinity series
Website – RobinSchwartz.net

Robin Schwartz earned a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Pratt Institute and her photographs are held in several museum collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The Aperture Foundation published Schwartz’s third monograph, Amelia’s World, edited by Tim Barber. Images from this series were exhibited in Various Photographs, an installation curated by Barber for the New York Photo Festival and 100 Portraits—100 Photographers, a digital exhibition of current portraiture. Schwartz was a finalist at the Hyeres 2010 Photography Festival in France. She recently presented the Amelia Series at The National Geographic Magazine’s Annual Photography Seminar in Washington D.C.