Lydia Panas is an award-winning photographer whose work has been exhibited widely throughout the United States and abroad, and has won numerous awards. She was one of nine International Discoveries, Houston Fotofest in 2007. Her work is included in numerous collections, including Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Brooklyn Museum, and Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. Lydia has degrees from Boston College, the School of Visual Arts, New York University/International Center of Photography, as well as an Independent Study Fellowship from the Whitney Museum of American Art. Lydia has taught photography at a number of institutions, including The Museum of Modern Art, Lafayette, Muhlenberg and Moravian Colleges, Kutztown University, The Maine Media Workshops, The Vermont College MFA program, and the Baum School of Art/Lehigh Carbon Community College.
Born and raised in Shanghai, Shen Wei is a fine art photographer currently based in New York City. His work have been exhibited nationally and internationally, with venues including the Museum of the City of New York, Southeast Museum of Photography, Lincoln Center Avery Fisher Hall, the Harn Museum of Art and the CAFA Art Museum in Beijing. His photographs have been featured in publications such as The New Yorker, Aperture, ARTnews, PDN, American Photo, and Chinese Photography. Shen Wei's work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Philadelphia Museum of Art, J. Paul Getty Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, Library of Congress, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Museum of Chinese in America, Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Kinsey Institute. He holds an MFA in photography, video, and related media from the School of Visual Arts, New York; a BFA in photography from Minneapolis College of Art and Design; and an AA in decorative arts from Shanghai Light Industry College.
On Monday, December 19th, Aperture presents a special celebration for The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the Unconscious by W. M. Hunt. Featured photographers will present their images and stories from the book, and share their experiences on the relationship between the artist and the collector. Artists include: Elinor Carucci, Phyllis Galembo, Luis Mallo, Gary Schneider, Gerald Slota, Frank Yamrus, and Fred Weber. Led by W. M. Hunt. Followed by a book signing.
W. M. Hunt is a frequent lecturer on the art of collecting and an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts, New York. An earlier exhibition of his collection launched to critical acclaim at the Rencontres d’Arles Photographie in 2005 before traveling to the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland, and FOAM, Amsterdam.
Another book signing with W.M. Hunt will also take place at ICP on Thursday, December 22!
Looking at portfolios from Critical Mass 2011…
New york photographer, Cynthia Bittenfield, has an compelling project, Such is War, about life on the home front while war is continuing in Iraq and Afghanistan. The diptychs of daily life at home and life as a solider bring the reality of war into clear focus.
Cynthia received her MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, New York, holds a Master of Education in Instructional Technology from the University of Illinois, and a BA in Photography, from Columbia College, Chicago, IL. She has exhibited in solo and group shows across the country, and received numerous grants.
In her book, Wars I Have Seen, Gertrude Stein writes about the experience of the home front while living in France during World War II. Writing about her earlier years she notes, “During these years there was no war and if there was it was not any war of mine.”
We are fast approaching the 10-year anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center. For the majority of this decade we have been at war. These are our wars. The news of these wars has vanished from the front-page headlines eclipsed by pressing issues on the home front. For most of us the wars did not dramatically impact our lives. This series looks at life on the home front but references the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have yet to fully realize the impact of soldiers returning home from a combat zone as they attempt to reintegrate back into society. We will no longer be able to keep the clean separation between home front and war front.
Stein continues, “Of course there are a good many times when there is no war just as there are a good many times when there is a war. And when there is no war, well just now I cannot remember just how it is when there is no war.”
Aperture Foundation and Dear Dave, Magazine present a conversation with artist Penelope Umbrico and Cay Sophie Rabinowitz, cofounder and Editor of Fantom magazine. This event coincides with the recently released Aperture book Penelope Umbrico (photographs), which offers a radical reinterpretation of everyday consumer and vernacular images.
Penleope Umbrico (born in Philadelphia, 1957) graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, and received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York. She has participated extensively in solo and group exhibitions, including at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York. Umbrico is core faculty at the School of Visual Arts MFA Photography, Video, and Related Media Program. She lives in New York City.
Cay Sophie Rabinowitz is a contemporary art writer, curator, and educator, based mostly in New York and sometimes in Berlin. She became well-known and respected as the Senior Editor of Parkett and Artistic Director of Art Basel. After almost a decade of service to Parsons The New School for Design’s graduate program of photography, she recently moved on to teach in the MFA program at Columbia University. Among the many international exhibitions and programs of contemporary art, she co-curated the 2nd Athen’s Biennale and a number of projects for Art Production Fund Lab in New York. She is cofounder and Editor of Fantom, a quarterly of photography, and In 2011 Ms. Rabinowitz launched together with designer Sofia Sizzi the brand Giulietta, applying her extensive background in art to a fashion context.
Tuesday, October 4, 7:00 pm
This event is FREE and open to the public.
333 West 23rd Street
New York, New York
Guy Aroch, 1971, Israel, focuses on fashion, beauty and celebrity photography. In 1988 he moved to New York to persue a career in photography and in 1993 he graduated from the School of Visual Arts, New York. Today he works both in the USA and Europe. He describes his photography as modern pictures with a sexy, dreamy, nostalgic twist. He has worked for major clients including Diesel, Tommy Hilfiger and L’Oreal. His editorial work has appeared in magazines as Vibe, Vogue and GQ magazine. Ashton Kutcher, Christina Ricci and Michael Pitt are amongst the list of celebrities Guy has worked with. His photographs are beautifully lit, strong, sharp yet soft and sometimes magical. The following images come from various shoots.
Zeng Han, 1974, China, received a BA in International Journalism and Communication at the Jinan University in Guangzhou and attended the artist residency program at the School of Visual Arts, New York. His series Soul Stealer is a four part series of portraits in various landscapes. It plays with modern and traditional role playing of characters of ancient chinese opera’s and those of popular culture. The four parts are Landplay, Cosplay, Mulian Opera and World of Warcraft. In his series Hyperreality China Zeng documented the transformation and urbanization of China in which the actual viewsights appear to be somewhat of a “hyperreality”, a term that derives from the French philosopher Jean Baudrillard, referring to the blurring of the destinction between reality and falsity. The following images come from the series Soul Stealer – World of Warcraft, Hyperreality China and Dizzy City.