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Ans Westra: Urban Drift

From December 05, 2019 to March 28, 2020
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Ans Westra: Urban Drift
143 Ludlow Street
New York, NY 10002
Ans Westra is responsible for the most comprehensive documentation of Māori culture over a 60 year period of significant political and cultural change in New Zealand. Regarded for their realism and spontaneity, Westra's images bear witness to the post-war urban drift of historically rural Māori as they moved to urban areas and began living in a very different world, alongside Pākehā (New Zealand Europeans), often for the first time.

Between 1945 and 1986, the proportion of Māori living in New Zealand cities grew from 26% to nearly 80%. This deliberate urban migration fueled by industrialization, employment opportunities, and the allure of a 'modern' lifestyle, has been described as the most rapid migratory movement of any population.

Westra emigrated from The Netherlands in 1957 and in 1962 began her career as a fulltime freelance documentary photographer, primarily working for the School Publications Branch of the Department of Education and Te Ao Hou, a Māori magazine published by the Department of Internal Affairs. Westra's work for these two publications led her to travel extensively throughout New Zealand and the South Pacific. Her Humanist style was greatly influenced by Edward Steichen's landmark international exhibition The Family of Man which Westra saw when it traveled to Amsterdam in 1956.

Westra's historic work has resounding relevance in the current climate of diaspora and cultural pluralism. Central to her pictorial documents lie the tensions Māori faced in "the dual challenge of adapting to the demands of the urban industrial system and successfully transplanting their culture into urban centers."

The enduring and intimate observation of Māori in Westra's work has, in the words of renown author, Witi Ihimaera, served as "confirmation that the photographer herself has become inextricably involved in the recording of the artistic and political imperatives of our time. In doing so, Ans continues to give us a pictorial whakapapa of our lives, a genealogy which charts the ever-changing destiny of the Māori."
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New York responds
New York, NY
From December 18, 2020 to May 09, 2021
Opening Friday, December 18, New York Responds: The First Six Months looks at the still-unfolding events of 2020 through the eyes of over 100 New Yorkers. This crowd-sourced exhibition presents objects, photographs, videos, and other artworks that document and interpret the COVID pandemic, the racial justice uprisings, and the responses of New Yorkers as they fought to cope, survive, and forge a better future. A jury of a dozen New Yorkers representing many walks of life helped to make the selection from among tens of thousands of submissions received from individual artists and from partner institutions. On July 23, the Museum unveiled the first phase of this exhibition, an outdoor installation featuring 14 images that had been submitted as part of our ongoing collecting efforts. Together, these powerful artifacts and artworks speak to the dramatic effects of these unprecedented months on the city, its residents, and the dynamics of urban life itself.
2021 Members Juried Exhibition
Carmel, CA
From April 10, 2021 to May 09, 2021
The Center of Photographic Arts maintains a special place within my heart, as it was the first organization to exhibit my work in a juried group show many years ago. Thank you to Ann Jastrab and The CPA for allowing my journey to come full circle by inviting me to jury the 2021 Members Exhibition. It was a great honor and privilege. As an educator, I start my initial classes by asking students how they define what makes a great photograph. The beauty to that question is that there is no definitive answer. Yet there is one attribute I consider a constant, which is that a great photograph is a search for meaning. It starts by asking a question and then proceeds to ask more and more. Regardless of genre, a successful image communicates an authenticity that allows viewers to experience, consider and connect with personally. Consequently, that was the narrow measure used when selecting final images. The selected images for the 2021 Members Exhibition represent a diverse snapshot of current approaches to image making: from the earliest of historical processes to the latest in digital technology. But what they unanimously realize is the ability to connect, surprise, contemplate and at times provide a much-needed laugh. Selecting from approximately 2000 images is an immense responsibility that I do not take lightly since it was just fifteen years ago that I was one of the lucky few selected to exhibit at the CPA. With space for only 45 artists in the physical exhibition and 50 artists in the online exhibit, I deliberated over each and every image for days. In the end, I was deeply torn by not being able to include countless submissions I admired. I applaud every photographer who submitted and I thank each of you for your courage to share your vision. I congratulate the selected exhibitors and I thank each one of you for sharing your unique and inspired vision. - Susan Burnstine
Richard Tuschman: My Childhood Reassembled
New York, NY
From February 18, 2021 to May 13, 2021
Klompching Gallery is delighted to present a viewing room and virtual exhibition, of new work by Richard Tuschman. Four years in the making, My Childhood Reassembled explores the artist's childhood in the American suburban Midwest of the early 1960s. Following on from his previous successful projects, Hopper Meditations and Once Upon A Time Kazimierz, Tuschman continues to develop a strong visual oeuvre-working with a combination of miniature dioramas and digital collaging of live models-in the staging of complex narratives. Here, the artist has invoked, what he describes as the "stubbornly esthetically mute" interiors of the family home of his formative years; a nondescript red-brick two-family home built in 1955. This is contrasted with the expert use of highly expressive lighting, and performative expressions and body language of the 'family stand-ins', to convey the range of moods embedded in the artist's memories of times past.
Cig Harvey: Eat Flowers
Atlanta, GA
From March 12, 2021 to May 15, 2021
Jackson Fine Artis excited to celebrate the welcome approach of spring with Eat Flowers and Persephone, exhibitions of new work from Cig Harvey and Angela West. Both series are lush explorations of the changing seasons and celebrations of emotional rebirth from two of the most innovative female photographers working today. This is the gallery's first exhibition of Cig Harvey's work, and our fifth exhibition of Angela West, the first since 2010's Trigger. > On Saturday, March 13th, we'll be accepting special opening weekend appointments from 11am –4pm, with Angela West in attendance from12-2pm. Appointments may be made by visiting our website. On Saturday, May 8th, Cig Harvey will give a closing artist talk, followed by questions and a book signing in celebration of Harvey's forthcoming monograph, Blue Violet. Cig's previous books You Look At Me Like An Emergency, Gardening at Night, and You an Orchestra, You a Bomb have all sold out and have won numerous awards. Eat Flowers, an exhibition of recent work by Cig Harvey, is a multi-sensory installation of photography and text that celebrates the artists' unique and contemplative approach to finding beauty in even the most mundane. Combining letterpress text, straight photography, and sculpture, Harvey provides an experience mirroring her celebrated photobooks, in which she offers viewers a glimpse into her artistic process through drawings, writings, and references. In Persephone, an exhibition of new large-scale mixed media pieces from Angela West, the artist draws from her extensive archives, reimagining works from my 33rd Spring, a body of work she first presented 17 years ago following her MFA program at Yale. As the world stood still in 2020, West returned to these photographs, layering paint on top of her original landscapes to create a series of unique paintings that celebrate rebirth and the reemergence of West as a force in the photographic community.
Angela West: Persephone
Atlanta, GA
From March 12, 2021 to May 15, 2021
Jackson Fine Artis excited to celebrate the welcome approach of spring with Eat Flowers and Persephone, exhibitions of new work from Cig Harvey and Angela West. Both series are lush explorations of the changing seasons and celebrations of emotional rebirth from two of the most innovative female photographers working today. This is the gallery's first exhibition of Cig Harvey's work, and our fifth exhibition of Angela West, the first since 2010's Trigger. > On Saturday, March 13th, we'll be accepting special opening weekend appointments from 11am –4pm, with Angela West in attendance from12-2pm. Appointments may be made by visiting our website. On Saturday, May 8th, Cig Harvey will give a closing artist talk, followed by questions and a book signing in celebration of Harvey's forthcoming monograph, Blue Violet. Cig's previous books You Look At Me Like An Emergency, Gardening at Night, and You an Orchestra, You a Bomb have all sold out and have won numerous awards. Eat Flowers, an exhibition of recent work by Cig Harvey, is a multi-sensory installation of photography and text that celebrates the artists' unique and contemplative approach to finding beauty in even the most mundane. Combining letterpress text, straight photography, and sculpture, Harvey provides an experience mirroring her celebrated photobooks, in which she offers viewers a glimpse into her artistic process through drawings, writings, and references. In Persephone, an exhibition of new large-scale mixed media pieces from Angela West, the artist draws from her extensive archives, reimagining works from my 33rd Spring, a body of work she first presented 17 years ago following her MFA program at Yale. As the world stood still in 2020, West returned to these photographs, layering paint on top of her original landscapes to create a series of unique paintings that celebrate rebirth and the reemergence of West as a force in the photographic community.
Laurence Salzmann: A Life with Others
Philadelphia, PA
From February 22, 2021 to May 16, 2021
Jason Francisco, Guest Curator A Life with Others is the first comprehensive survey of the work of Laurence Salzmann (American, born 1944), one of Philadelphia's most renowned living photographers. The exhibition explores the major themes of the artist's remarkable and ongoing fifty-year career, the geographic scope of his practice in photography and film, and the intensity of his concerns. Salzmann is a lifelong resident of Philadelphia; he remains today a member of the same synagogue in which he celebrated his bar mitzvah in 1957. But his work has taken him to communities in more than a dozen countries around the globe, his subjects ranging from rural Mexico to urban Turkey, the mountains of Transylvania to the highlands of Peru, New York City to Jerusalem, Cairo to Havana. Trained in visual anthropology, Salzmann is distinct in his conception of art as research, and research as a point of artistic departure. His photographs and films push us to measure our ethical consciousness and to meet his subjects on their own terms, with critical awareness and compassion. They push us to defend those who are vulnerable to ignorance and stereotype, and to transcend cultural and psychological barriers in the protection of human dignity. The exhibition will include over seventy-five works of art, including vintage photographs from all eras of Salzmann's career, as well as films and books. Materials will be lent by the artist himself, and by the University of Pennsylvania, which in 2018 acquired Salzmann's vast archive.
Out of the Shadows: Contemporary Chinese Photography
San Diego, CA
From March 07, 2020 to May 22, 2021
Inspired by the last three decades of China's dynamic development, Out of the Shadows: Contemporary Chinese Photography features Chinese artists who question traditional aesthetics, local and global histories, and the photographic medium. Each featured artist has found his/her artistic voice by not only questioning traditional Chinese aesthetics but also challenging conventional expressions of the photographic medium. The show's selected contemporary Chinese artists, many of whom have never been exhibited in an American museum before, all continue to push the boundaries of photographic art with new technologies and innovative perspectives. The exhibition is curated by Tiffany Wai-Ying Beres, an art historian and Asian art specialist previously based in Beijing for nearly a decade, and who has curated over thirty exhibitions around the world. Artists included in the exhibition are Lang Jingshan (1892-1995), Chu Chu, Hong Lei, Ni Youyu, Shao Wenhuan, Shi Guorui, Wang Ningde, Yang Fudong, and Yang Yongliang. A catalog published by the Museum of Photographic Arts will accompany the exhibition.
Illusion: The Magic of Motion
San Diego, CA
From February 11, 2020 to May 22, 2021
Did you know that the idea for the camera existed 2,000 years before photography was invented? That the Chinese invented eyeglasses 300 years before they appeared in Europe? Or that photographs of a galloping horse captured the stages of motion for the first time? Illusion: The Magic of Motion explores how photography was not suddenly discovered but came about as a result of several centuries of scientific and artistic explorations into light, optics, and perception. Artworks in the exhibition show the invention of cinema, works created through perspective and anamorphosis, the magic of shadow puppets, and how the human eye perceives motion. Artists in the show include historic photographers Eadweard J. Muybridge, Berenice Abbot, Phillip Leonian, and Harold “Doc” Edgerton, and contemporary photographers Ori Gersht, Eric Dyer, and Luis González Palma.
Ernest Knee: Photographs from the Southwest and Mexico 1930 - 1940
Santa Fe, NM
From April 16, 2021 to May 22, 2021
We are thrilled to share an exhibition of vintage photographs by Ernest Knee, a well-known photographer and cultural figure who lived in Santa Fe in the 1930's and 1940's. Knee is best known for his images of northern New Mexico and other southwestern cultural landscapes, Native American dances, and many other profound Southwest locations which reveal a remarkable visual record of the Southwest between 1930-40, comprised into two books: Santa Fe, N.M. (1942, Hastings House) and Ernest Knee in New Mexico (2005, Museum of New Mexico Press). Also included in the exhibition will be a selection of photographs from Mexico of which were published in his book, Mexico - Laredo to Guadalajara (1951, Hastings House). Ernest Knee was born in 1907 in Montreal, Canada. Ernest descended from a long line of boat builders, fishermen, and sea captains and wound up serving in the Canadian marines at 19, also the same time he got his first Eastman folding camera. Ernie had contracted rheumatic fever at age 11 and while he did recover, he felt the long-term effects of the disease throughout his life. A few years later he contracted tuberculosis and after this time he and his mother moved to Tucson so he could recover and gain back strength. Once healed, his mother moved back to Canada and it was at this time, around 1930, that Ernie met his first love and eventual wife, Virginia Shnaufer, who was an artist and nurtured his photography. That following year they moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, a place in which held a vision for him of something unaffected and pure, where one could live a simpler life. In 1916, Taos became a central hub for artists, where Mabel Dodge Luhan and her husband from Taos Pueblo, Tony Luhan had created an incredible residency of sorts for artists from all disciplines all over the country to visit and create. They hosted writers, artists and musicians such as Mary Austin, Willa Cather, DH Lawrence, George O'Keeffe, Leopold Stokowsky, and photographers including Edward Weston, Paul Strand, and Ansel Adams. Oftentimes Ernie was aided in his quest for pictures by Tony Luhan, who had friends everywhere and often drove Mabel's guests to one pueblo or another as guide and interpreter and he photographed the traditional dances, costumes, and people of the Indian Pueblos. His photos of the Devil Dancers at Zia Pueblo were the first record of their dance and were published in Life magazine in 1937. Good-humored and hospitable, the Knees had many visitors stay with them in their house on Camino Del Monte Sol, among them Edward Weston whom Ernie first met in 1932 through Willard Nash. Weston became a great friend and would use Ernie's darkroom when he was in town. "Ford gave him a car when he worked for them," Ernie said. "We would drive all over the countryside, stop, get out of the car at the same time, and always stand back to back, shooting in opposite directions." Perhaps intrigued and encouraged by Paul Strand and Edward Weston who had gone to Mexico before him, Ernie decided to set off and see some of that great country for himself in 1941. He focused on a route that led from Laredo to Guadalajara, taking in the sights and old settlements of Monterrey and Villagran, then veered southwest through the mountains to the Valley of Mexico, and finally went west through Morelia and Chapala. He noted with pleasure the relaxed pace of life enjoyed by the Mexicans and their attunement with nature, the pyramids of Teotihuacan, and the helpfulness of the people he met, but he frequently had to convince them that he "was not one of those Americanos [who] must get to and from places in a dreadful hurry." These images, nearly 100, were published in the book, Mexico: Laredo to Guadalajara, (Hastings, New York, 1951). Like many of his Anglo contemporaries, Knee was smitten with Santa Fe's distinctive architecture, crafts traditions, and landscape. Knee was part of the Santa Fe artist community that included Gustave Baumann, and Will Shuster and he was friends with many of the artists who visited the area regularly (John Sloan, Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, etc.). Ernie was a great afficionado ofthe Santa Fe fiestas throughout the 1930's, watching Shuster build Zozobra and photographing the process several times. He enjoyed taking pictures and films of the parades, musicians, friends and visitors alike, dressed up in their fiesta finery. Within a few years, his documentary films were also shown by Pathe News in movie theaters and included his photographs made on the Navajo reservationfor the documentary film called Navajoland. His three short documentaries are called; Indian Rhythm (Taos Pueblo dances), Navajo Fair at Shiprock, and Santa Fe Area Celebrations, all of which he donated to the State of New Mexico Photographic Archives. His photographic output was prodigious, with photos in local shows; a touring United States WPA exhibition; many printed in books and magazines, and a couple of his images winning awards in advertising circles. A few exhibitions were financed by the State Department and traveled around South America during 1944-45. In subsequent years, his freelance status with Pathe News kept Ernie going when other financial sources were in short supply. With literally hundreds of photos taken in and around Santa Fe in the previous decade, he gathered the many faces of his adopted hometown, brooding landscapes, area churches, and small town streets, and set them in a small pictorial book entitled Santa Fe, published in 1942. When the war came on, Ernie moved to California and worked for Howard Hughes, creating his photography department, remarrying, and creating a family. It was in 1949 when he moved back to Santa Fe after traveling to Venezuela that he realized the market for photography had come to a standstill. He wound up investing in his wood-working skills and the next twenty years created a wooden door company, Spanish Pueblo Doors, in downtown Santa Fe from 1950-1970 until he sold the business and returned to his passion for photography. By this time, he was almost unknown in the art world. Undeterred, he set up a darkroom and began printing and exhibiting the photographs of his earlier years. Soon he was having shows all over the country with major photographers, including Laura Gilpin (Masters of New Mexico) at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center. His first love had always been photography, and in interviews during this period he was fond of saying his life had never been better. When Ernie died at age 75, twenty-two major museums had exhibited and/or acquired collections of his work including the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; Museum of Modern Art, NY; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Princeton University of Art, Princeton, NJ; New Orleans Museum of Art, LA; University of New Mexico, NM; New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM; Chicago Art Institute: among others.
Reproductive: Health, Fertility, Agency
Chicago, IL
From January 19, 2021 to May 23, 2021
Reproductive: Health, Fertility, Agency explores the psychological, physical, and emotional realities people encounter in the years leading up to, during, and after fertility. The exhibition features eight artists who consider a range of topics including birth, miscarriage, pleasure, the lack of access to abortion, trauma, and the loss of fertility. The term 'reproductive' is twofold. It implies the characteristics of a photograph, bringing attention to a notable lack of visual representation of the experiences of the female body. Additionally, the term is a reference to a common patriarchal, capitalist view of women's bodies as vehicles for reproduction. This exhibition aims to add visual presence and a deeper understanding of the precarious nature of female rights and freedoms in a time where the future of these rights is uncertain.
Balancing Cultures: Jerry Takigawa
Winchester, MA
From April 01, 2021 to May 23, 2021
Initially an identity project, Balancing Cultures gives voice to a story suffered in silence by my immigrant grandparents and American-born parents. My mother's passing left my brother and me with boxes of photographs. Among them were photos of family members taken in camp that we had never seen. In my family, when anyone spoke of camp, they weren't referring to a pine-scented summer retreat-they were referring to the WWII American concentration camps sanctioned in 1942 by President Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066. Piecing together a historical puzzle of photographs, memories, and artifacts, I began an exploration into my family's undisclosed past. For the first time, the hardships my family endured in the camps were illuminated to me. EO 9066 caused 110,000 Japanese Americans economic loss, the pain of prejudice and imprisonment, and the repercussions of re-integration into post-war America. Although racism is deeply woven into our institutional and social fabric, there is no scientific basis for race. Race and racism are social constructs. This project is a testimony to the shame and indignation my family kept hidden due to their cultural stoicism and fear of retribution. Left untold, their experience would remain buried, a casualty of the country they loved and fought for. Balancing Cultures is especially relevant as long as America continues to incarcerate people-not for crimes they've committed, but simply because of whom they are. Bio Jerry Takigawa is an independent photographer, designer, and writer. He studied photography with Don Worth and is the recipient of many honors and awards including: the Imogen Cunningham Award (1982), the Clarence J. Laughlin Award, New Orleans, LA (2017), Photolucida's Critical Mass Top 50 (2017, 2020), CENTER Awards, Curator's Choice First Place, Santa Fe, NM (2018), and the Rhonda Wilson Award, Brooklyn, NY (2020). His work is in the collections of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, Crocker Art Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Monterey Museum of Art, and the Library of Congress. Takigawa lives and works in Carmel Valley, California.
The Last Rose of Summer: Tavon Taylor
Winchester, MA
From February 20, 2021 to May 23, 2021
The 2020 jurors for the Chervinsky Scholarship awardee have chosen Tavon Taylor to receive the Chervinsky scholarship. The jurors would like to acknowledge their shortlist as well. "We propose the opportunity to have a longer short-list so that we have a larger group of emerging artists who receive the encouragement of being short-listed for the award. As we discovered a larger pool of individuals who deserve to be finalists and have equally impressive work. We thought this would be a wonderful opportunity for more emerging artists to add this accolade to their CV's and receive the acknowledgement that their work deserves." Logan Bellew, Becky Behar, Maria Contreras-Coll, Dylan Everett, Alayna N. Pernell, Kendall Pestana, Daniel Seiffert
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