Miguel Rio Branco – Maldicidade

November 13th, 7 – 9pm

Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

Free Admission

Join TASCHEN and the Consulate General of Brazil at Aperture for the launch of Miguel Rio Branco’s latest book, Maldicidade (TASCHEN, 2019). The evening will consist of an artist talk with Rio Branco and Fred Ritchin, Dean Emeritus of the International Center of Photography School, followed by a cocktail reception.

The New Black Vanguard at BAM

November 13th, 7 – 8:30pm

Peter Jay Sharp Building

Tickets: $20

Join Aperture at BAM for this unique event celebrating the launch of The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion. Antwaun Sargent will be joined by four distinctive photographers who are reshaping fashion photography today: Arielle Bobb-Willis, Micaiah Carter, Tyler Mitchell, and Dana Scruggs. One by one, each will present their work, discussing everything from the history of the commercial Black image to inclusivity (and exclusivity) in the fashion and art communities. In this new book and exhibition, the curator and art critic addresses a radical transformation taking place in fashion and art today: the featuring of the Black figure and Black runway and cover models in the media and art.

Dismantling the Gaze: The Spiritual Hunt

November 13th, 6:30 – 8:30pm

ICP Museum

Free Admission, but need to register in advance.

Curator and Art+Feminism co-founder Jacqueline Mabey presents a lecture and guided meditation that explores themes of identity, care, and community.

As an artist or an artworker, one’s labor is deeply imbricated with a sense of self; what you make is who you are. Vectors of self—gender, sexuality, ability, and so on—when not affirmed by the culture at large can become core aspects of identity. On the other hand, both Buddism and neuroscience posit that a stable sense of self does not exist. How do we reconcile these two conflicting frameworks?

The Spiritual Hunt will look to the ideas of Jack Halberstam, Johanna Hedva, José Esteban Muñoz, and Jan Verwoert to propose answers to the questions: “How do you care for yourself and your community when you are under strain?” and “How can our care avoid becoming commodified?” The lecture will culminate in a guided meditation led by Mabey.

The Burning Child: Screening and Conversation with Joseph Leo Koerner and David Breslin

November 17th, 3pm

Whitney Museum of American Art

Tickets $10, Concessions $8

In The Burning Child (2018), renowned art historian Joseph Leo Koerner confronts the mysteries, personal and historical, of a painting by his father, the artist Henry Koerner. The painting depicts the younger Koerner’s grandparents safe in their living room in Vienna, just before they disappeared during the Holocaust. To answer the questions embedded in the painting, including the fate of Koerner’s family and home, The Burning Child explores Vienna’s passion for homemaking and interior design—the triumph of the city’s revolutionary architects, artists, and thinkers. Unearthing in Vienna the roots of the “modern” home, the film also traces the catastrophe unleashed by Hitler’s annexation of Austria and the destruction of Jewish Vienna.

The screening is followed by a conversation between Joseph Leo Koerner and David Breslin, DeMartini Family Curator and Director of Curatorial Initiatives, about the film and Henry Koerner’s practice as an artist, including his paintings in the Whitney’s permanent collection.

Film Screening and Q&A: The Cleaners

November 18th, 2 – 4pm

Anthology Film Archives

Free Admission, but need to register in advance.

The International Center of Photography and ProPublica are hosting a free screening of The Cleaners on Sunday, November 18 at Anthology FIlm Archives. The film’s New York City premiere, the screening will be followed by a discussion with ProPublica senior reporter Jack Gillum and Amie Stepanovich, US policy manager for Access Now, a nonprofit dedicated to an open and free internet. The two will explore challenging questions that The Cleaners raises about Silicon Valley’s control over what we see on the internet, whether social media networks can moderate their own content, and what possible solutions exist for the paradigm between making the internet safe and free speech.

Richard Hawkins on Rachel Harrison 

November 18th, 7pm

Whitney Museum of American Art

Tickets $10, Concessions $8

In conjunction with Rachel Harrison Life Hack, artist Richard Hawkins responds to the exhibition and Harrison’s practice. Hawkins will be in conversation with Elisabeth Sussman, Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography and co-curator of Rachel Harrison Life Hack.

For this series of in-gallery talks, Rachel Harrison invites artists and writers to speak about the works on view and to offer their unique perspectives on her wide-ranging practice.

Aperture Conversations: The New Black Vanguard 

November 19th, 7 – 8:30pm

The New School, Alvin Johnson/ J.M. Kaplan Hall

Free Admission

Celebrating the forthcoming Aperture title The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion, this conversation will address the radical transformation taking place in fashion and art today. The featuring of the Black figure and Black runway and cover models in the media and art has been a marker of increasingly inclusive fashion and art communities. In the book, curator and critic Antwaun Sargent opens up the conversation around the role of the Black body in the marketplace; the cross-pollination between art, fashion, and culture in constructing an image; and the institutional barriers that have historically been an impediment to black photographers participating more fully in the fashion (and art) industries.

Mark McKnight: 2019 Portfolio Prize Winner and Paris Photo – Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Shortlist

November 22nd, 7 – 8:30pm

Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

Free Event

Join Aperture for the opening receptions of both the 2019 Portfolio Prize Winner Mark McKnights’s exhibition and the 2019 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Shortlist. Mark McKnight’s black-and-white images of bodies and landscapes challenge Eurocentric ideas about male beauty—and aim to make “straight” photography a little less straight. The PhotoBook Awards Shortlist comprises thirty-five volumes, celebrating the book’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography.

Eugene Richards: An Evening of Readings and Conversation

November 28th, 6:30 – 8pm

ICP Museum

Free Admission, but need to register in advance.

An evening of readings and screenings of cinematic work developed by Eugene Richards, followed by a conversation between the artist and ICP’s Director of Content and Public Programming, Paul Rogers. The readings are performed by Marnie Andrews, Molly Carden, Sea McHale, and Mark Ziesler from the Actors Equity Association. This event is held in conjunction with Eugene Richards: The Run-On of Time.

Dear Mr. Picasso: An Illustrated Love Affair with Freedom by Fred Baldwin

December 4th, 6 – 8pm

Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

Free Event

Join Aperture and Schilt Publishing for a special event to celebrate the launch of Fred Baldwin‘s memoir, Dear Mr. Picasso: An Illustrated Love Affair with Freedom. 

Noted photographer and co-founder of FotoFest, Fred Baldwin has recently published his memoir, Dear Mr. Picasso: An Illustrated Love Affair with Freedom (Schilt Publishing). The book begins with Baldwin’s encounter with Pablo Picasso in 1955, a life-changing event that emboldened Baldwin to embrace a peripatetic life as a photojournalist. His remarkable “picture stories” led him to locations where few or no photographers had gone before. Baldwin’s book is illustrated with hundreds of black-and-white and color photographs from his vast archive.

In a conversation with Fred Ritchin, Dean Emeritus of the International Center of Photography (ICP) School, Baldwin will show images and recount some of the extraordinary experiences of his career. Books will be available for purchase. A book signing will immediately follow the discussion.

Optics: Going Viral – Gifs, Memes and Insta-Fame

December 5th, 6:30 – 8pm

ICP Museum

Free Admission, but need to register in advance.

From LOLCATZ to the appropriation of Pepe the frog as an alt-right symbol, the visual politics of virality and Insta-fame are largely mediated through the exchange of GIFs and memes—forms of democratized creativity that rely on the appropriation of images from popular culture. Join Optics series host Jillian Steinhauer, Curator of Digital Media at the Museum of the Moving Image Jason Eppink, and visual artist Andrew Kuo for a conversation that will examine the visuality, virality, and consumption of GIFs and memes in digital culture.

Optics: A New Way of Seeing Contemporary Culture is an ongoing series hosted by writer/editor Jillian Steinhauer that invites critics, artists, and imagemakers to analyze the pictures that shape contemporary culture and current events.

One Work with Dayanita Singh

December 5th, 6:30pm


Free with Museum Admission

Dayanita Singh discusses her work Museum of Chance (2013) with Lucy Gallun, associate curator in the Department of Photography.

One Work is a conversation series that features contemporary artists talking about the stories behind one specific work on view in the galleries. Each program, moderated by a MoMA curator, addresses audience questions and offers insight into the artist’s process. Taking place on the first Thursday evening of the month during museum hours, the program includes museum admission, so visitors can view the featured artwork before and after the program.

Photobook Fest

December 6th, 6:30 – 8pm

ICP Museum

Free Event

An evening of shopping and signing as photographers share their latest book projects.

© 2019 New York Photography Diary. All rights reserved. Background image: Ea Vasko Reflections of the Ever-Changing #32, 2010, digital c-print, diasec (matte); Video image: image by Instaberlinerin, artwork by Cecile Wesolowski, pictured Denia Kazakou/ Redd Gallery; Festival image by Vanessa Bouziges