BFA Photography Sophomore Pin-Up Exhibition


Join us on Friday, May 6th for our BFA Photography Sophomore Pin-Up Exhibition.

66 5th Ave, 3rd floor. 7-9pm


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PHOTOFEAST SPRING 2016 PIN-UP. Friday, 4/22/16 at 7p



Please join us this Friday, April 22, for a one-night pin-up exhibit hosted by PHOTOFEAST. The event takes place from 7p-9p at 66 5th Ave, 3rd floor.

The bi-annual pin-up exhibit invites photography students from Parsons and across NYC to participate in a one-night event showcasing the work of emerging photographers citywide, and fostering dialog, connection and community.

PHOTOFEAST is a collective of current BFA Photography students founded within the School of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons School of Design. Their mission is to create a platform for interdisciplinary projects, critiques, screenings, exhibitions, and publications representing new perspectives and emerging insights of young artists working in photography and beyond.

Special thanks to Parsons Student Senate for sponsoring the event!

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The Pulitzer Prize Photographers, May 10


Photo Credit: Robert H. Jackson

The Pulitzer Prize Photographers
Tuesday, May 10 at 7:00 PM
Parsons School of Design, New York
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In recognition of the Pulitzer Centennial, The Eddie Adams Workshop and Parsons School of Design, present an evening of Pulitzer images throughout the decades with:

Robert H. Jackson “Oswald Shot, Live to the World” 1964
John Filo “Death on Campus” 1971
John White “One Man’s Chicago” 1982
Martha Rial “Trek of Tears” 1988
Carolyn Cole “Monrovia Under Siege” 2004
Daniel Berehulak “Ebola: A Plague’s Horror” 2015

Plus a conversation with Pulitzer recipients and Eddie Adams Workshop alumni: John Moore, Adrees Latif, Ruth Fremson and Tim Rasmussen

Moderated by: Santiago Lyon, VP for Photography, Associated Press and Hal Buell, former Photo Director, Associated Press
Sponsorship is provided by Nikon, Inc. and B&H Photo
The program is organized by the Eddie Adams Workshop in collaboration and partnership with Parsons School of Design at The New School. Supporters include the Associated Press, Hal Buell Associates with encouragement from The Pulitzer Centennial Committee

Fall 2016 Elective: Sex Ed

Sex Ed 
PSAM 3091

Fall 2016, Day: Thursday, Time: 3:50-6:30

Through a series of collective and individual assignments, Sex Ed will engage students as collaborators in developing arts-based sex education content for use online, in classrooms, and out in the world. We will be working in concert with the youth advocates and staff of Planned Parenthood New York (PPNY). Street campaigns, videos, role-playing exercises, performances and games will all be explored as proposals for new ways of thinking and re-thinking sex education. Students will explore: the history of sex education in the US, the role of artists and activists in raising awareness of social issues related to sex and sex education, and creative ways to encourage and engage public participation and consciousness. Students will also be exposed to the planning, development, and documentation methods necessary to create successful curricula, tools, and public programming, as well as participating in public art projects that engage the public around social issues. Find out more about our work at
*This course counts towards the Social Practice and Gender Studies minors.

Photography Lecture: Paul Hill

April 12, 12.10-2.50PM
Wollman Hall, 65 W 11th St, New York, New York
This event is open to all students and faculty.

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On April 12th, British photographers Maria Falconer and Paul Hill, renowned author and educator will be presenting two projects. The first, Anon, came about when they both decided to volunteer in the refugee camps on the Greek Island of Lesvos and on the border of Greece and Macedonia. The title and their photographs reflect the anonymity and depersonalization of refugees who have had to flee their countries in the Middle East and North Africa to stay alive, literally, economically, and psychologically.

The other project, titled Empty Fantasies, looks at the remains of empty photographic sets. Fantasy and illusion have always gone hand in glove in photography since its inception in 1839. Photographers have created sets in their studios and even in today’s Photoshop world, man made sets of illusion are still in photographers’ studios, because the physical nature of these spaces are still essential in the world of glamour photography in particular.

When empty, these sets seem strange and eerie, even surreal. What slices of reality are they mimicking – and for what purpose are they used? The photographs of Falconer and Hill hint at their purpose, and combined with the quotes of the users, (photographers and models) record another reality. The tension between those words and their photographs only serves to reflect how important fantasies are to our lives and how parallel universes are more tolerable than the ones we live in.

Gallery 3 Student Exhibition: “EMPOWER”

Gallery 3 presents “Empower”

66 5th Avenue, 3rd Floor


(Image by Hallie Turner)

This exhibition is a representation of what different artists, whose gender is marginalized in some way, find empowering for them. This exhibition takes place during Women’s History Month and collects works which demonstrate the importance of intersectionality in feminism.


Featuring work by current BFA and MFA students Alison Viana, Azzah Sultan, Cassie Basford, Elizabeth Hernarine, Gabby Pignanelli, Hallie Turner, Jeana Lindo, Megan Tepper, Nicole Vega, Roberto Rischmaui, Victoria Rickson, Vix Walker.

Organized by Vix Walker, Hallie Turner and Victoria Rickson.


BFA Photo Senior Pin-Up




Friday, March 11, 5PM – 7PM

66 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor

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Parsons BFA Photography Seniors will be pinning up their thesis work in progress. It’s a chance for them to see one another’s work, and receive feedback as they move forward in their final thesis year.


Aperture / Parsons Artist Talk: Dru Donovan
















Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with the Department of Photography at Parsons School of Design, is pleased to present an artist talk with Dru Donovan. (more…)

Aperture / Parsons Artist Talk: Torbjørn Rødland

Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with the Department of Photography at Parsons The New School for Design, is pleased to present an artist talk with Torbjørn Rødland. Rødland’s photographs explore the symbolism of cultural mythologies and human nature. By staging common objects such as cotton buds, ropes of sausages, and high-top sneakers with the human body, he creates surreal images that elicit discomfort despite their ability to project a calm indifference toward the peculiarities depicted. In discussing the title of Rødland’s most recent publication, Torbjørn Rødland: Sasquatch Century (2015), Milena Hoegsberg, chief curator of Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, writes, “The term [Sasquatch] has a cadence that is both foreign and familiar… [Rødland] is invested in neutered symbols, or more precisely in reconfiguring symbols or motives that have undergone shifts in values or that have been partially drained of their cultural power.”

Aperture Foundation
547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor
New York

Tuesday, February 16
7:00 p.m.

$5 donation
FREE for Aperture Foundation Members and students with valid ID

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This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Charina Endowment Fund, William Talbott Hillman Foundation, Inc., and the Board of Trustees and Members of Aperture Foundation.

Photofeast Pin Up 2015, Friday 11/13



Join us on Friday, November 13th from 7-9pm as PHOTOFEAST invites photo students from Parsons, SVA, Pratt, Cooper Union, and other NYC colleges, for a one-night pin-up exhibition at 66 5th ave, 3rd floor.

PHOTOFEAST is a collective of current BFA Photography students founded within the School of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons School of Design. Their mission is to create a platform for interdisciplinary projects, critiques, screenings, exhibitions, and publications representing new perspectives and emerging insights of young artists working in photography and beyond.

Confounding Expectations: Photography Is Magic

Kate Steciw, Composition 008, 2014. C-print, Plexiglass, wood, mixed media

Kate Steciw, Composition 008, 2014. C-print, Plexiglass, wood, mixed media

Confounding Expectations:  Photography Is Magic

Monday, October 5, 6:30 p.m.


The New School

Theresa Lang Student and Community Center

55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

New York


APERTURE / PARSONS talk | In Conversation: Mickalene Thomas and Jennifer Blessing, 9/30/15


Wednesday, September 30,  6:30 p.m.

Aperture Foundation

547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

New York




On view August 11 through September 9, 2015
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries
Parsons The New School for Design
Opening Reception: August 26, 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Parsons The New School for Design presents PUSH PULL, an exhibition of thesis work from its MFA Photography program in the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center. Works include photographs, computer-generated imaging, 3D imaging and printing, video, and installation pieces.

Dongli Huang from Chinatown Project 2015

Dongli Huang from Chinatown Project 2015

The exhibition features thesis work by Marco Bell, Shiang-Jiun Chen, Qiren Hu, Dongli Huang, Dongmin Lee, Rosana Liang, Ashley Middleton, Kelsey O’Brien, Masahito Ono, Melissa Preston, Matthew Scerbak, Emily Shevenok.

Under the direction of James Ramer, the studio-based Parsons MFA Photography program brings visionary students together with some of the artworld’s most influential photographers. Students are encouraged to develop their individual vision in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment and to explore related technologies, focusing on the relationship between concept and production.

For more information about the thesis exhibition, please visit

Marco Bell, “Shop n Save's parking lot”, From the series Bolivar, New York 2015

Marco Bell, “Shop n Save’s parking lot”, From the series Bolivar, New York 2015

Parsons The New School for Design is one of the leading institutions for art and design education in the world. Based in New York but active around the world, the school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the full spectrum of art and design disciplines. Critical thinking and collaboration are at the heart of a Parsons education. Parsons graduates are leaders in their respective fields, with a shared commitment to creatively and critically addressing the complexities of life in the 21st century. For more information, please

The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center is an award-winning campus center for Parsons The New School for Design that combines learning and public spaces with exhibition galleries to provide an important new downtown destination for art and design programming. The mission of the Center is to generate an active dialogue on the role of innovative art and design in responding to the contemporary world. Its programming encourages an interdisciplinary examination of possibility and process, linking the university to local and global debates. The center is named in honor of its primary benefactor, New School Trustee and Parsons Board of Governor’s Member Sheila C. Johnson. The design by Rice+Lipka Architects is the recipient of numerous awards, including an Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects. For more information please visit

General Information:
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Parsons The New School for Design
66 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street, NYC
Gallery hours: Open daily 12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m. and late Thursday evenings until 8:00 p.m.
Closed all major holidays and holiday eves.
Admission: Free
For more information, please contact 212.229.8919
or visit

CAMERA WORK MFA Photo Alumni Show Closing Reception September 2nd

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AMT and the MFA Photography program present CAMERA WORK, an exhibition of work from Parsons MFA Photography Alumni, and part of our celebration of 10 years of the MFA Photography program!

Running from June 26 – September 2, 2015 at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center and Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery.

The artists in this exhibition are all “photographers,” which is to say they have all received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the photography program at Parsons School of Design, but none of them chemically transcribe the world onto film. Rather, they use various digital imaging and video processes to create their works; what they have in common is the camera, even if only the one on their iPhone. These artists’ enduring employment of the lens as a fundamental tool to make their art positions them within the photographic tradition and their varied practices as “photography.” Their art is camera work.

Including the work of: Jun Ahn, Berk Çakmakçı, Alison Chen, Xiao Chen and Yichen Zhou, Bobby Davidson, John Deamond, Nathan Harger, Erik Madigan Heck, Brigitte Lustenberger, Joy McKinney, Charlie Rubin, José Soto, Keith Telfeyan, and Marie Vic.

Curated by Sarah Hasted and Joseph R. Wolin. This exhibition is presented with the support of the MFA Photography program in the School of Art, Media, and Technology.

Parsons Festival: BFA Photography Thesis Exhibition Opens May 19th, 6-9PM, LES

Please join us for an exhibition of photographs, installations, videos, and books by 66 graduating Seniors of the Parsons BFA Photography program. Students use traditional and emerging technologies to create bodies of work influenced by film, design, visual art, fashion and technology. This provocative and engaging exhibition embodies the breadth and diversity of contemporary photographic practice.

Opening Reception: May 19th from 6-9pm
Thierry-Goldberg Gallery: 103 Norfolk Street, New York, New York 10002
Site/109: 109 Norfolk Street, New York, New York 10002

Show dates: Tuesday, May 19th at 6pm, through Sunday, May 24th at 6pm

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(photo by Patricia Lopez.

Join AMT at “Process:Concept” Opening reception at Industry City, Sat. May 9th

Saturday, May 9, 2015
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Please join us for an opening night party for the Process:Concept and the Parsons Festival, celebrating the diverse and innovative work of Parsons students.

The opening night celebration will include the following performances:

7:00PM – Experimental Electronic Instruments

Brendan Byrne (MFA Design and Technology)
Brendan Byrne will perform using a collection of electronic musical instruments he’s designed at the Parsons MFA Design and Technology program.

8:00PM –  Soo A Kim – Performance collaboration with Mannes the New School for Music 

This performance is composed with classical musicians, collaborating with students from Mannes the School of Music to bring their individuality through visual representation that is shadowed from music and its conservative practice of performance in the performing arts sphere. There will be four to eight performers scattered around the space playing the repertoire of classical music. The performers will have segments of white glissenette fabric attached to their body or instrument connected to an architectural element in the space. For example, the glissenette will be attached to the tip of the violin bow stretching out to the ceiling of the space. Throughout the performance, the audience will be able to track the musician’s movement by the transformation of the shape from the fabric. This performance serves as a visual interpretation of a musical composition that performers create from their body movement. It allows the performers to be hyperaware of their presence within music along with recognition of subtle distinction of sounds and gestures that individual creates in every performance, which the audience tend to accept it as homogenous form. Duration: 20 min.

9:00PM – Marquale Ashley & Gabby Madden – Dis Course

Based upon gender, sexuality, and aggression we will use performance and movement as a direct correlation between concept /narrative and choreography. Using the space to define limits such as markers of distance and end points on the floor we will engage two discourses, that of the Homosexual male, and that of the Heterosexual female. By mimicking each others’ actions in order to attempt a seamless choreography we directly address the generalizations, assumptions, and implications placed on each
gender in regards to expectations surrounding sexuality, control, dominance, and power shifts. The time frame is dseveloped upon a building of synchronized movements and shifts in power between the two performers. The piece will begin with each performerleading various series of movements that the other performer must mimic. Then as they continue to move throughout the space the narrative actions become distorted between male and female, the physical actions and control will shift with equal disorder. Meaning that as the performers become less specific with their actions in regards to gender, the power structure and balance of control will be disrupted as well. The performers will thenmfight for power, control, and construction of the personal narrative as the gendered actions and power structure will ultimately become completely obscure. The end of the piece is improvisational based upon the time it takes to break constructed narrative. The end of the piece is determined by the performers need and ability to capture control.

Parsons School of Art, Media and Technology (AMT) will be represented by works and performances by students in Fine Arts (BFA/MFA), Photography (BFA/MFA), Design and Technology (BFA/MFA), Communication Design (BFA), Graphic Design (AAS), Illustration (BFA) and Printmaking.

Process:Concept at Industry City is part of Parsons Festival 2015.


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Aperture / Parsons Talk: Lucas Blalock. Tuesday, April 21 6:30 pm

BLALOCK_rescheduled$5 DONATION This event is free for students with ID and Aperture Members at the $50 level and above.

Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with the Department of Photography at Parsons The New School for Design, is pleased to present an artist talk with Lucas Blalock. Blalock works with both analog and digital processes to explore the contradictions as well as the unique possibilities of photography. He creates images that interrupt the viewer’s aesthetic experience through digital manipulation and the juxtaposition of similar colors, shapes, textures, and patterns—disruptions which allow viewers to look beyond subject matter to the medium itself, questioning the veracity and inherent limitations of photography.

Lucas Blalock (born in Ashville, North Carolina, 1978) attended Bard College, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and University of California, Los Angeles, and has exhibited at venues including the Dallas Museum of Art, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and MoMA PS1. Blalock has recently had solo exhibitions at Ramiken Crucible, New York, and White Flag Projects, St. Louis, and has an upcoming exhibition at Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels. His work has been featured in publications including the New York Times, New Yorker, Art In America, Aperture, Frieze, Mousse, Monopol, and Foam. Blalock’s books include Inside the White Cub (2014) and SPBH Book Club Vol. VII (2014). He lives and works in Brooklyn.

Image: Lucas Blalock, Edge of Town (r r), 2013

Submit your work for “New Documents”. Deadline 4/24

PHOTOFEAST + the BFA PHOTOGRAPHY program invite you to submit your work for consideration of our upcoming curated show “NEW DOCUMENTS”. The show will open in Industry City, Brooklyn on May 9th as part of the Parsons Festival.

__Eligibility for participation: current Parsons BFA Photography students.


__Deadline for submissions is THIS FRIDAY 4/24 at midnight!


“I Shot Kate Moss” Info Sessions for Submission Thurs. 4/2

Come meet artist Zev Jonas and special guest photographer Saul Robbins, and find out how to become part of this exciting project!

Thursday April 2, 2015
25 east 13th st
Room 503
3:15pm – 5:00PM

On September 25, 2013, Christie’s London sold 58 images of Kate Moss at auction for almost $3m. In reaction to this sale, Zev Jonas established an online project utilizing altered Kate Moss photographs to explore how we exhibit, view and mass-produce images of each other and how these representations become individualized. Zev began by creating 58 new unique and distorted images of Kate Moss, captured as in-camera montages of the layered images he encountered in public spaces. These were uploaded to and the project went live in Nov, 2013. Zev soon opened up the project to submission, and to date there are hundreds of unique works.


Call for Senior Undergraduate Entries: Parsons Festival 2015 Exhibition

The Parsons Festival Exhibition is designed to showcase talent from across Parsons. If you’re in a bachelor’s or associate’s degree program and set to graduate this spring, show us what you’ve got!

View from last years all-Parsons show, "Making Meaning"

View from last years all-Parsons show, “Making Meaning”

About you: You’re graduating. You’ve spent the last few years developing an expertise, a way of thinking, a way of designing that builds on your studies but is unique to you. You’ve put that perspective into your work. And you’d like it to be seen within the broader Parsons context. And you’d like it to be seen in one of Parsons’ signature campus locations during graduation.

About the show: Combining works from across all of Parsons’ undergraduate and associate’s degree programs, this exhibition will take place in the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, including the Kellen and Aronson galleries, hallway, and lobby. It will be on view as a highlight of this year’s Parsons Festival from May 7 through May 22, 2015.

How to apply: Read below and fill out the entry form. It asks for things like your name and program, along with images, video, or links that’ll give an idea of your work. It’s pretty straightforward and makes sure you provide all the information that’s needed to review your submission.

Important dates and information:
Eligibility — Open to all graduating students in BFA, BBA, BS, and AAS programs

Deadline for submission — March 15, 2015, at midnight
Notification — April 8, 2015
Delivery of work — April 20–23, 2015 (You must be able to turn in your work by April 23.)
Exhibition on view — May 7–22, 2015
Submission form –
For questions about the exhibition, contact

Aperture at The New School: “Queer Genealogies” Moderated by Richard Meyer, March 18, 6:30-8pm


In conjunction with the release of Aperture’s “Queer” issue, Richard Meyer, the Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History at Stanford University, will moderate a panel discussion that explores how contemporary photographers have cast their attention backward to draw upon and engage the visual record of gay, lesbian, trans, and non-normative sexualities.

Panelists include writer and critic Vince Aletti; associate curator of photography at the Art Gallery of Ontario Sophie Hackett; and artist K8 Hardy.

When: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 6:30-8p

Where: 65 West 11th St. Room B500

Cost: Free; No tickets or reservations required.




SVA 133 West 21 Street, 101C

Talks are free and open to the public.


Opportunity to Exhibit at the Hermitage Museum


This June, seventeen New School students will have the chance to exhibit one of their photographs or videos at one of the world’s great museums, The State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

This year’s exhibition concept as chosen by the team at the Hermitage is, “The Museum and City as Art”.  Please interpret this concept broadly as we are not only looking for literal translations of this theme.

Guidelines for submission are as follows:

You may submit up to 10 photographs at 72 dpi, 20 inches on the longest side, or 3 two to three minutes videos (.MOV) to Thomas Werner at Please use WeTransfer to send video submissions.

Submission Deadline: 6pm, Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Selected artists will be notified by March, 18th, 2015


Showcase_Your_Talent_credit to Christian Fletcher

Phase One Capture One Pro Workshop and Sale for Faculty

Friday, April 3rd 2015


66 Fifth Avenue, Rm. 301

Food and drinks will be served.

Capture One Pro software is the industry standard for shooting digitally in the studio and on location.

If you are interested in a professional career this workshop will provide valuable experience.

During the workshop faculty will spend two hours learning how to work with C1Pro with a certified representative from Phase One and a hands on session with Phase One digital backs and C1pro software!

Faculty will receive a copy of C1pro for free!

Student Capture One Workshop/Sale | Monday, March 9, 3/5:45PM


Phase One Capture One Pro Workshop and Sale for Students

Monday, March 9th 2015


66 Fifth Avenue, Rm. 404

Food and drinks will be served.

Capture One Pro software is the industry standard for shooting digitally in the studio and on location.

If you are interested in a professional career this workshop will provide valuable experience.

During the workshop students will spend an one hour and 15 minutes learning how to work with C1Pro with a certified representative from Phase One! We will then have an hour and a half hands on session with Phase One digital backs and C1pro software!

At this event only! Students will receive a special parsons only code to purchase capture one pro for $99.oo (cheapest you’ll ever see it), a $200 discount off the sales price.

MFA Photo Alum Eric Madigan Heck’s Exhibition and Book Signing Tuesday, 2/17


Exhibition and Book Signing

Tuesday, February 17th at Neuehouse, New York 
Please join us in celebrating Erik Madigan Heck’s new publication launch at Neuehouse, New York, and see an ephemeral installation of the works from Pictures Not Content projected onto the windows of the East 25th street building for one week only.



Aperture / Parsons Talk | Erica Baum | Aperture Foundation | Tuesday, February 24, 6:30PM


Artist Talk: Erica Baum

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

6:30 p.m.


Aperture Foundation

547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor

New York



This event is free for students with ID and Aperture Members at the $50 level and above.

Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with the Department of Photography at Parsons The New School for Design, is pleased to present an artist talk with Erica Baum. Drawing inspiration from contemporary artists who utilize text, such as Ed Ruscha and Lawrence Weiner, along with documentary-style photographers such as Walker Evans and Eugène Atget, Baum creates what have been called “subliminal narratives” using found words and images from paperback books, card catalogues, and paper rolls from player pianos, among other literary artifacts. With experience in the fields of anthropology, linguistics, and poetry, Baum views text and language as physical objects—malleable mediums that can shape new associations and stir moods, with the re-authoring of commonly consumed words and images. Nat Trotman, an associate curator at the Guggenheim Museum, wrote of Baum’s work in Aperture magazine’s “Lit.” issue: “Through these open-ended investigations Baum honors the tradition of print—that textured, tangible objectification of language that inexorably fades with each passing year.”

Erica Baum (born in New York, 1961) received her MFA from Yale University and lives and works in New York. Her recent solo exhibitions include shows at Bureau New York; Galerie Mark Müller, Zurich; and Kunstverein Langenhagen, Germany. Her work has been included in group exhibitions such as the forthcoming Photo Poetics, at Kunsthalle Berlin and the Guggenheim Museum, New York, in 2015; AGORA, the 4th Athens Biennale, 2013; Speaking and Thinking, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, 2013; and Postscript, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, 2012. Her work was also included in the 30th Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil. Her work is held in the public collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim Museum, and Metropolitan Museum of Art, all New York; Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris; and FRAC Île-de-France.

Image: Erica Baum, Investigation, 2014

Aperture / Parsons Talk | Leigh Ledare | Aperture Foundation | Tuesday, February 3, 6:30PM


Artist Talk: Leigh Ledare

Tuesday, February 3
6:30 pm

Aperture Gallery and Bookstore
547 West 27th StreetNew York, NY


This event is free for students with ID and Aperture Members at the $50 level and above.

Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with the Department of Photography at Parsons The New School for Design, is pleased to present an artist talk with Leigh Ledare. Through the use of photography, film, archival materials, and textual documents, Ledare charts the complex and reciprocal nature of relationships between himself and his subjects, who he intimately photographs. His work exposes cultural blind spots by addressing fantasies and desires which are performed by Ledare and his collaborators. In 2009, his series Pretend You’re Actually Alive was installed at Les Recontres d’Arles. To accompany the exhibition, Ledare wrote, “This work is an investigation of how we are formed as subjects not merely on the level of our identities but at the level of our projected desires, aspirations, and needs, drives which often can carry conflicting material, psychological, and ethical demands.”

Leigh Ledare (born in Seattle, 1976) received his MFA from Columbia University in 2008. His work has been exhibited internationally, as the subject of solo surveys at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2013), and WIELS, Brussels (2012), and in solo exhibitions at Mitchell-Innes and Nash, New York (2014); Galerie Max Mayer, Düsseldorf, Germany (2014); the Box, Los Angeles (2012); Pilar Corrias, London (2012); the Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture, Moscow (2010); Les Rencontres de Arles, France (2009, 2010); Rivington Arms, New York (2008); and Andrew Roth, New York (2008), among others. His work has appeared in group shows at Metro Pictures, New York (2014); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2012), MoMA PS1, New York (2010); Swiss Institute New York (2009); and Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2008). Publications include Ana and Carl and some other couples, in collaboration with Nicolás Guagnini (New York: Andrew Roth, 2014);Leigh Ledare, et al., (Milan: Mousse Publishing, 2012); Double Bind (Paris: MFC-Michel Didier, 2012); and Pretend You’re Actually Alive (New York: PPP Editions in collaboration with Andrew Roth, 2008).

Image: Leigh Ledare, Alma (Child’s Drawing), 2012

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the board and Members of Aperture Foundation.


Aperture/Parsons Talk | Reinier Gerritsen | Aperture Foundation | Tuesday, December 9, 6:30PM |

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Reinier Gerritsen in Conversation with René Put

Tuesday, December 9
6:30 pm

Aperture Gallery and Bookstore
547 West 27th Street
New York, NY


This event is free for students with ID and Aperture Members at the $50 level and above.

Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with the Department of Photography at Parsons The New School for Design, is pleased to present Amsterdam-based photographer Reinier Gerritsen and designer René Put in conversation, followed by a book signing. In the spirit of documentary and street photography Gerritsen creates portraits of society that act as a survey of contemporary urban culture. Like the nineteenth-century flâneur, he positions himself in public spaces and documents his observations of the masses with his camera. Gerritsen’s intriguing unposed “group portraits” call attention to both the notion of individuality and society as a whole. In his most recent publication designed by Put, The Last Book (Aperture, 2014), his focus is narrowed to commuters who read on New York City’s subways with specific attention to the decline of the printed book. According to Gerritsen’s observations, he predicts he will photograph the last book on the subway by the spring of 2016.

Reinier Gerritsen (born in Amsterdam, 1950) has been photographing figures in the public sphere for over twenty years. In 1992, he was awarded the prestigious Rijksmuseum assignment with Luuk Kramer, which resulted in a book and exhibition at Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Beginning in 2005, he traveled to twenty-five countries to create the ambitious documentary project The Europeans. His previous monographs include Blinde verrassing(1993), the award-winning Matti (2002), and Wall Street Stop (2010). He is represented by Julie Saul Gallery, New York.

René Put is an Amsterdam-based designer and cofounder of the design bureau PutGootink. He works on a wide variety of projects, designing books, catalogues, stamps, and campaigns, as well as the design and installation of exhibitions. He is also a professor of graphic design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam. Put has won numerous design prizes and honors, from organizations and awards including the Art Directors Club Nederland, Best Dutch Book Design, the Theaterafficheprijs (Theater Poster Prize), and Red Dot Awards. In 2009, he was awarded a Dutch Design Award for his design of Braille stamps to mark the two hundredth birthday of Louis Braille. In 2011 he was awarded the silver medal in the Best Book Design from All Over the World competition. The Last Bookmarks Put’s third book collaboration with Reinier Gerritsen; he previously designed Matti (2002) and Wall Street Stop(2010).

Image: Reinier Gerritsen, Haruki Murakami, 1Q84, from The Last Book (Aperture, 2014)

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the board and Members of Aperture Foundation.

Parsons Photo Faculty Arthur Ou is showing work in Paris

Parsons Photo Faculty member Arthur Ou is showing work in Paris this month at a show called Me and Benjamin. 


Xippas and M+B are pleased to announce Me and Benjamin, opening November 14 at Xippas in Paris. Renos, the owner of Xippas, invited Benjamin to curate a show at his Parisian gallery. In turn, Benjamin invited M+B artists to invite other artists—or curated group of artists—or artist run space. The artist run space would then perform an act of sub-curation where they organize a show within the larger show.  The exhibition self-curates, bringing the distinctive energy and appeal of the Los Angeles art scene as it networks out across the North American continent and into Europe.

Located at the edge of the continent, in one of the last time zones and perched precariously on the Pacific Ocean, Los Angeles exists in a sense isolated from the major cosmopolitan centers of the world. And yet, artists continue to head west, settling into the vast, sprawling terrain, into the eclectic neighborhoods that networked together create this city. Los Angeles has a unique appeal and ability to foster strong knit artist communities and the burgeoning gallery scene, artist run spaces, alternative venues and shared studio spaces are what make the city relevant today. While cartographic dispersal defines this city, the importance and necessity of the networks that connect it stand out as defining.  It is these strong artistic networks that Me and Benjamin—M+B—has sought to promote and expand upon.

Participating artists include Matthew Brandt, Jim Welling, Ken Tam, Phil Chang, Peter Holzhauer, Jessica Eaton, Whitney Hubbs, Cathy Opie, Larry Sultan, Dwyer Kilcollin, Nancy Lupo, Patrick Jackson, Pae White, Anthony Lepore, Michael Henry Hayden, Matthew Porter, Arthur Ou, Owen Kydd, John Houck, Moyra Davey, Alex Prager, Vanessa Prager, Mariah Roberston, David Benjamin Sherry, Hannah Whitaker, Ruby Sky Stiler, Jesse Stecklow, Favorite Goods: Orion Martin, Erin Jane Nelson, Kelly Akashi, Carlos Reyes and Aaron Angell.