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Panel Discussion: America’s Competitive Edge and Its Global Standing

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Michael Mergen, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Richmond, CA , 2008


Wednesday, September 5, 2012 | 5:30pm | MoCP

The Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs are proud to announce a panel discussion with economist Howard Friedman and exhibiting artists Michael Mergen, moderated by MoCP Director Natasha Egan.

Howard Friedman, statistician, health economist, and author of The Measure of a Nation: How to Regain America’s Competitive Edge and Boost Our Global Standing, and artist Michael Megen, whose photographic series 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is on view at MoCP, will discuss their work in connection with the themes explored in the MoCP’s current exhibition Peripheral Views: States of America.

The reception begins at 5:30pm at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. A cash bar will be available. The discussion begins at 6:30 at Stage Two, 618 S. Michigan Avenue and a book signing will immediately follow.

CCGA Young Professional Members $10; Nonmembers $20; Columbia College Students can register for free by contacting Allison Grant at [email protected]

Reservations are recommended. Learn more and register online at www.thechicagocouncil.org.


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MoCP | 600 S. Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60605 | 312.663.5554 | [email protected]

Panel Discussion: America’s Competitive Edge and Its Global Standing

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Michael Mergen, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Richmond, CA , 2008


Wednesday, September 5, 2012 | 5:30pm | MoCP

The Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs are proud to announce a panel discussion with economist Howard Friedman and exhibiting artists Michael Mergen, moderated by MoCP Director Natasha Egan.

Howard Friedman, statistician, health economist, and author of The Measure of a Nation: How to Regain America’s Competitive Edge and Boost Our Global Standing, and artist Michael Megen, whose photographic series 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is on view at MoCP, will discuss their work in connection with the themes explored in the MoCP’s current exhibition Peripheral Views: States of America.

The reception begins at 5:30pm at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. A cash bar will be available. The discussion begins at 6:30 at Stage Two, 618 S. Michigan Avenue and a book signing will immediately follow.

CCGA Young Professional Members $10; Nonmembers $20; Columbia College Students can register for free by contacting Allison Grant at [email protected]

Reservations are recommended. Learn more and register online at www.thechicagocouncil.org.


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MoCP | 600 S. Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60605 | 312.663.5554 | [email protected]

New Limited Edition Photograph by Michael Flomen

New Born, 2010 by Michael Floman

Aperture is pleased to release this special limited-edition 23″ x 18″ print by artist Michael Flomen titled New Born, 2010.  Flomen writes: “for me New Born, is a photographic document of a fragment of evolution. The image represents the birth of a new beginning.” It was made in a pond in Northern Vermont by dipping a glass plate negative into the water at night time.

Flomen’s work is also featured in the publication The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography (Aperture, 2009) by Lyle Rexer.  Read an excerpt from the book by Rexer on Flomen here:

takes photography’s desire for the real to its literal extreme, making photographs that are in direct contact with the natural elements he seeks to capture.  Working without a camera, he places sheets of black-and-white photographic paper in snowfields, streams, and other natural settings to register the activity of light in relation to natural phenomena. This environmental romanticism, so closely akin to Talbot’s intuition that photography allows nature to draw itself, represents a new adaptation of the photogram.

For fifteen years, this self-taught artist has collaborated with nature using this camera-less technique. Natural phenomena, he says, are the inspiration to his picture making.

 

Will Steacy: 48 Hours exhibition, and New Print from Aperture

Photograph by Will Steacy, Courtesy the artist

Michael Mazzeo Gallery is pleased to announce a special presentation of recent photographs by the American photographer, journalist, and social documentarian, Will Steacy.

Deeply moved by headlines decrying the perils facing the nation, Steacy, a former union laborer, packed his view camera and drove to Madison, Wisconsin to witness the heated confrontation between union workers and Governor Scott Walker. He spent 24 hours that night and the following day photographing events as they unfolded inside and around the capitol building, as the Governor prepared to sign the notorious bill restricting collective bargaining rights for union workers. Shortly afterwards, Steacy drove to Gary, Indiana, home to the first US Steel plant, and a city whose rise and fall has become a symbol of the plight of the American workforce. He photographed up and down Broadway, Gary’s main artery, documenting City institutions and local businesses, revealing the grim challenges that now face this once-vibrant city. Photographed in 48 hours, Steacy’s understated, quietly seductive images reveal an undercurrent of catastrophic anxiety enveloping the American psyche while pointedly exposing the harsh realities of a nation torn apart by misguided government policies and corporate greed. An outspoken critic of inequality and injustice, Will Steacy’s images, insightful, confrontational, and elegant, offer hope and renewal to a nation divided.

Will Steacy is honored to dedicate this exhibition to his mentor, Charles Gandee, 1952-2011.

Michael Mazzeo Gallery
508 W 26th street, Suite 318
New York

Opening reception:Thursday April 28, 6:00-8:00 pm
Exhibition on view: April 28- April 30, 2011
Artist talk: Saturday April 30,  3:00 pm

Empty Vegetable Stand on Valentine’s Day, 3rd Avenue & 110th, New York 2010, photograph by Will Steacy, courtesy the artist

Aperture is also excited to offer this limited-edition print by Will Steacy, one of five emerging artists selected by Aperture for the NYC Green Cart Photography Commission. This is the first of a series of limited editions from the Green Cart artists, soon to be released. These photographers were given the opportunity to document the NYC Green Cart Initiative, a program that provides fresh fruits and vegetables to underserved urban communities. Each photographer approached this project from a different point of view, offering a unique perspective of the Green Cart program.  The images have also been curated into an exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York titled Moveable Feast: Fresh Produce and the NYC Green Cart Program. Both the exhibition and the commission were  made possible with the generous support of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.

“I’m interested in the impact the fruit and vegetable carts will have on these areas and how they will compete with the neighborhoods’ established food institutions. As our country adapts to a struggling economy and we debate healthcare, the severity of these national issues can be seen on a local level through the Green Cart Initiative and its influence on New York City’s most economically challenged neighborhoods.”

-Will Steacy

Steacy’s work was inspired by his interest in the relationship between a community’s socio-economic status and its health records. One of the biggest debates in public health today is the fact that low-income households have the highest reported rates of illness, while high-income households report the lowest. Over the course of a year, he photographed the geographic areas where the highest reported instances of poor health and people living without health insurance overlap with Green Cart locations. Empty Vegetable Stand on Valentine’s Day, 3rd Avenue & 110th,  New York is a striking example of one of these neighborhoods.