Alejandro Cartagena | Visiting Artist Talk | Apr. 24 4:30pm | Kellen Auditorium

Alejandro Cartagena, Mexican (b. 1977, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) lives and works in Monterrey, Mexico. His projects employ landscape and portraiture as a means to examine social, urban, and environmental issues. Cartagena’s work has been exhibited internationally in more than 50 group and individual exhibitions in spaces including the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris and the CCCB in Barcelona, and his work is in the collections of several museums including the San Francisco MOMA, The J. Paul Getty Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, The MFAH in Houston, the Portland Museum of Art, The West Collection, the Coppel collection, the FEMSA Collection, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the George Eastman House and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and among others.

Alejandro is a self publisher and co-editor and has created several award wining titles including Insurrection Nation, Studio Cartagena 2021, Santa Barbara Save US, Skinnerboox, 2020, A Small Guide to Homeownership, The Velvet Cell 2020, We Love Our Employees, Gato Negro 2019, Santa Barbara Shame on US, Skinnerboox, 2017, A Guide to Infrastructure and Corruption, The velvet Cell, 2017, Rivers of Power, Newwer, 2016, Santa Barbara return Jobs to US, Skinnerboox, 2016, Headshots, Self-published, 2015, Before the War, Self-published, 2015, Carpoolers, Self-published with support of FONCA Grant, 2014, Suburbia Mexicana, Daylight/ Photolucida 2010. Some of his books are in the Yale University Library, the Tate Britain, and the 10×10 Photobooks/MFH Houston book collections among others.

Keren Benbenisty | Visiting Artist Talk | Apr. 10 12:15pm | Kellen Auditorium


Keren Benbenisty (b. Israel) graduated from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2004. She has been artist-in-residence at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine; ISCP – The International Studio & Curatorial Program, NY; Residency Unlimited, NY ; Arts Maebashi, Japan; Open Sessions, The Drawing Center, NY; Artport, Israel; Air351, Portugal; The Boghossian Foundation – Villa Empain, Belgium.

Benbenisty has been the recipient of numerous international grants including the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant in 2019. Benbenisty’s work has been exhibited at solo and group exhibitions at venues including: Ulterior Gallery, New York; Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, France; Arts Maebashi, Japan; The Drawing Center, New York; Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Israel; Centre for Contemporary Arts Prague, Czech Republic; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel, Mishkan Ein Harod, Israel.

An-My Lê | Visiting Artist Talk | Nov. 16 7pm Kellen Auditorium

Join the BFA Photography Program on Thursday, November 16th at 7pm in Kellen Auditorium to hear An-My Lê speak about her practice and her current survey exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art!

An-My Lê’s work addresses the complexity that surrounds how we represent, mythologize, and justify war and conflict. Born in Vietnam in 1960, Lê emigrated to the US after the fall of Saigon in 1975, as a refugee. She is a MacArthur Fellow and the Charles Franklin Kellogg and Grace E. Ramsey Kellogg Professor in the Arts at Bard College.

SOVEREIGNTY: Reclaiming Cultural Memory | Panel Discussion | May 4th, 2023 6:30pm

SOVEREIGNTY: Reclaiming Cultural Memory

May 4th 6:30pm
New School Tishman Auditorium The School of Fashion is proud to partner with Indigenous Rising in hosting SOVEREIGNTY: Reclaiming Cultural Memory, a panel discussion on Indigenous resurgence through fashion practices and systems of making. We humbly welcome renowned artists Christian Allaire, Korina Emmerich, Tania Larsson & Dr. Jessica Metcalfe in a conversation with Sariah Park on Indigenous fashion as a form of protest and concepts based in decolonization, land-based practices and rituals of adornment as ways to connect meaning and cultural memory, connection to the Land and identity through craft and making. This event is part of The Indigenous Rising Symposium & the Parsons School of Fashion Vision Speaker Series. Presented by Indigenous RisingThe School of Fashion at Parsons, and American Indian Community House.

Matika Wilbur | Keynote & Book launch | May 2, 2023 4:30-6pm

Indigenous Rising: Changing The Way We See Native America

May 2nd 4:30-6pm 
66 West 12th, Room 404
This event is a pre-commencement celebration to honor Indigenous students who have successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate degree through unyielding determination at The New School. This gathering embraces the value of community and scholarship. Celebrated photographer and storyteller Matika Wilbur of the Swinomish and Tulalip Tribes will be in attendance to speak about her recent project PROJECT 562. The book is a photographic and narrative celebration of contemporary Native American life and cultures, alongside an in-depth examination of issues that Native people face. The book is the culmination of a decade-long art and storytelling endeavor, and a moving love letter to Indigenous Americans, containing hundreds of stunning portraits and compelling personal narratives of contemporary Native people. A vital contribution from an incomparable artist, PROJECT 562 inspires, educates, and truly changes the way we see Native America.

Tommy Kha | Aperture Conversation | Feb 16, 2023 at 7pm

Aperture Conversations

Tommy Kha and Ka-Man Tse on “Half, Full, Quarter”

Thursday, February 16 | 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. EDT

The Kellen Auditorium at the New School

66 5th Ave, Room 101, New York, NY 10011

Aperture, in collaboration with the Photography Program at Parsons School of Design at the New School, is pleased to present a conversation between Tommy Kha and Ka-Man Tse, discussing Kha’s first major monograph, Half, Full, Quarter (Aperture, 2023).

Tommy Kha: Half, Full, Quarter weaves together self-portraits and classically bucolic landscapes punctuated by the traces of East Asian stories embedded in the topography of the American South.Half, Full, Quarter is the result of the Next Step Award, a partnership between Aperture and Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York, in collaboration with the 7|G Foundation. An exhibition of the work will open at Baxter St on February 8, 2023.

Aperture artist talk with Joshua Rashaad McFadden

Artist Talk with Joshua Rashaad McFadden


Aperture, in collaboration with the photography program at Parsons School of Design at The New School, is pleased to present an artist talk with Joshua Rashaad McFadden. Through the use of photography and archive, McFadden explores African American male identity, masculinity, and notions of the father figure—providing a frame of reference that articulates the many personalities of Black men. His work continually investigates themes related to identity, masculinity, history, race, and sexuality. McFadden also documents social justice issues related to police brutality and the continuing protests across the United States.


Joshua Rashaad McFadden (born in Rochester, New York, 1990) is a visual artist and assistant professor of photography at Rochester Institute of Technology. He holds a BA in fine art from Elizabeth City State University, North Carolina, and an MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia. McFadden was named one of the top emerging talents in the world by LensCulture in 2015, and he received a first-place prize in the 2020 International Photography Awards for After Selma, his response to the numerous recent incidents of police brutality. He also won the first place IPA award in 2016 for “Come to Selfhood,” a project examining African American manhood. In 2017, McFadden was recognized as one of Time magazine’s “American Voices” and received the Duke University Archive of Documentary Arts Collection Award for Documentarians of Color. McFadden won the 2018 Communication Arts Award of Excellence for his I Am A Man series with Smithsonian Magazine. He has also been published in the New York TimesNew York Times MagazineSlate,Travel + LeisureVanity Fair, and Financial Times. McFadden’s work has been exhibited at institutions such as the George Eastman Museum and Fotografiska New York, and he teaches workshops nationally and internationally.

Aperture / Parsons Artist Talk: Sam Contis | 11/7, 7PM

Image: Sam Contis, Deep Springs (2017). Courtesy of the artist and MACK.


Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with the Photography Program at Parsons School of Design of The New School, is pleased to present an artist talk with Sam Contis. Contis is a California-based artist whose first book, Deep Springs, was published in May 2017. In Deep Springs, Contis uses photography as a tool to understand the landscape of the American West in both its physical manifestation and in its mythic connotations. Responding to canonical classic photographs of the American West, such as those of Carleton Watkins and Timothy H. O’Sullivan, Contis began photographing her own version of the West through the lens of Deep Springs College, a tiny all-male school in Deep Springs Valley, near the California-Nevada border. Founded in 1917, Deep Springs is an unusual school in that it encourages physical labor as well as intellectual curiosity—students study philosophy and literature, but are also instrumental in the running of the school’s cattle ranch and alfalfa farm. Contis became closely connected to the community of young men at Deep Springs, making intimate photographs that test our expectations about the way the American West is often represented and gendered. Contis’s young cowboys are gentler and more affectionate than the Marlboro Man or John Wayne; they seem to become part of the very soil of Deep Springs, forging a oneness with the historically feminized earth. Ultimately, Contis’s project focuses on age-old photographic questions about representation, identity, and performance. The images expand our visual vocabulary about masculinity and the way we relate both to one another and to our landscapes. Contis states of the American West: “It’s always been thought of as a place where one can try on new identities, reinvent or rediscover oneself. And photography has always been used as a tool to construct new ideas about place and self, especially in the west. In that way, the work is about photography’s own role in the process of coming to understand ourselves and our environment.”


Sam Contis lives and works in California. Her work has been shown internationally with recent exhibitions in Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Antwerp, and London, and solo shows at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, California, and Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York. She is a recipient of the 2017 Nancy Graves Foundation Artist Grant, 2016 Aaron Siskind Foundation fellowship, and the Tierney Fellowship. Contis’s work is represented in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Yale University Art Gallery. Deep Springs, her first book, was published by MACK earlier this year, and has been shortlisted for the 2017 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation First PhotoBook award. In 2018, her work will be on view in Being: New Photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Image: Sam Contis, Deep Springs (2017). Courtesy of the artist and MACK.

Free for students with ID.

Confounding Expectations: Elements of Style | Oct. 24

Nadine Ijewere, Victoria’s pearl earring, 2017

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2017 AT 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011

The Aperture “Elements of Style” panel is part of the Confounding Expectations lecture series, which is sponsored by Aperture Foundation, the Vera List Center at The New School, and the Photography Program of Parsons School of Design at The New School.

This conversation will focus on identity, style, and dress―the codes and politics of self-presentation. Panelists will discuss connections between self-portraiture and self-styling, decolonizing the fashion image, and the role of the queer archive in the fashion industry. The conversation will be moderated by historian and author Tanisha C. Ford.

Participating panelists include Collier Shorr, Nadine Ijewere, and Ethan James Green.


Aperture/Parsons Artist Talk: Tabitha Soren

Tabitha Soren, Motel pool, spring training, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2014; from Fantasy Life: Baseball and the American Dream (Aperture, 2017)

Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with the Photography Program at Parsons School of Design, of The New School, is pleased to present an artist talk with Tabitha Soren. Soren’s work centers on the aesthetic quality of both internal feelings and the photographic process; from aggressive crashing waves to capturing the expressions of someone caught mid-run, Soren’s work touches on emotions—anxiety, bliss, hopeless ambitions, motivation to succeed—that we all often feel. The end product is a photograph of quiet beauty that often contains an underlying tension between viewer and photographer. The tactile nature of her work can be felt when she stretches the medium to a point of abstraction, as seen in her tintypes of baseball players and the marks made on screens left behind by unknown users. These simple acts, such as touching a screen, quickly become beautiful collages that hover between the space of photography and self-reflection.

Tuesday, April 4

7:00 pm

Aperture Gallery and Bookstore547 West 27th Street, 4th FloorNew York, NY


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

For more info visit the event page here

Aperture / Parsons Artist Talk: Nona Faustine

Aperture / Parsons Artist Talk: Nona Faustine

Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with the Photography Program at Parsons School of Design, of The New School, is pleased to present an artist talk with Nona Faustine. Since 2013 Faustine has gained widespread acclaim for her photographic work that examines historical narratives haunted by the black female body. Through self-portraiture, she at once reclaims sites in New York City where the history of slavery is built over while at the same time psychologically bringing forth this buried hidden past to the present.

Tuesday, April 18

7:00 pm

Aperture Gallery and Bookstore

547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor,

New York, NY

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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

More information

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.