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Henry Horenstein & Shannon Thomas Perich
as part of the Printed Image Lecture Series
Thursday, May 16, 6:00pm, FREE
PHILADELPHIA: As part of the Printed Image Lecture Series, The Print Center will present a conversation and book signing with renowned photographer Henry Horenstein and Smithsonian curator Shannon Thomas Perich, who have collaborated on several projects. Horenstein and Perich will discuss three of Horenstein's early series: Close Relations, Honky Tonk and Speedway. The lively conversation will explore Horenstein’s work as a form of historical portrayal of disappearing communities and will discuss his work in the context of other photographers, both older and younger generations, that address the same issues.
Henry Horenstein is a renowned artist, teacher and author. Henry's work is collected and exhibited internationally, and he has published over 30 books. His monographs include Show, Honky Tonk, Animalia, Humans, Racing Days and Close Relations and his Black & White Photography: A Basic Manual and Digital Photography: A Basic Manual textbooks are used by hundreds of thousands of college, university, high school and art school students. He is represented by Gallery 339 in Philadelphia.
Shannon Thomas Perich is Curator of the Photographic History Collection, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, which has an extensive collection of Horenstein’s work. She is the author of The Changing Face in Portrait Photography: Daguerreotype to Digital, which includes a section on Horenstein, and she curated Honky Tonk: Photographs by Henry Horenstein 1972-1981. Perich's curatorial work also includes Pushing Boundaries: Portraits by Robert Weingarten and A Visual Journey: Photographs by Lisa Law, 1965-1971. Perich teaches History of Photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and has blogged for National Public Radio's "Picture Show."
This event is free and open to the public and will take place at The Print Center on Thursday, May 16 at 6:00pm. A book signing will follow the talk. RSVP to Eli VandenBerg at 215.735.6090 x1 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fiat Lux: Stefan Abrams, Micah Danges, James Johnson,
Anna Neighbor and Brent Wahl
April 5 - May 24, 2013
Thursday, April 11: Reception 5:30-7:30pm
PHILADELPHIA: Fiat Lux is a group exhibition of work by five emerging Philadelphia artists: Stefan Abrams, Micah Danges, James Johnson, Anna Neighbor and Brent Wahl. While each of the artists was trained as a photographer and has taught photography at universities and art schools in Philadelphia, none has a simple or straightforward relationship with the medium. Though photography is central to the work of all these artists, their explorations of the potentials and shortcomings of the medium result in a surprisingly diverse group of artworks. Abrams’ close-up images of surfaces challenge traditional conceptions of street photography. Danges, Johnson and Neighbor utilize collage and sculpture to make works that comment on the processes of photography. Wahl creates sculptural installations which he then photographs. The exhibition title has a dual reference; it is the Latin phrase meaning “Let there be light,” and is also the name of an English pop band, whose song “Photography” was a hit in 1983.
The work of all five artists responds to successive earlier generations of photo-based artists who questioned and challenged established notions of photography. At the same time, they are addressing the overwhelming proliferation of photographic images in today’s society and how it relates to making art. A recent New Yorker cartoon captures the bewildering relationship we have with this flood of imagery. In it, a tourist mother offers the father her digital camera saying “Look at the picture I took of the thing we’re looking at.”
The exhibition was organized in an innovative way. John Caperton, The Print Center’s Jensen Bryan Curator, worked in conjunction with the five artists, collaborating as a group on the planning of the installation. Over a period of months, the group visited each artist’s studio together to discuss how their works interrelated. The checklist and installation plan for the exhibition were collaboratively planned. Some of the works included have been created specifically for the exhibition, while others will be shown for the first time. Fiat Lux continues The Print Center’s explorations into the significance of the printed image in contemporary art. It also highlights the creative diversity of Philadelphia’s artist community.
Stefan Abrams received an MFA in Photography from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 2006 and a BA in History from the University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, 1992. His work has been included in recent exhibitions at Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA; Pierro Gallery, South Orange, NJ; Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA and X-Initiative, New York, NY. He has received two Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships. He teaches Photography and the History of Photography at Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA and The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ. www.stefanabrams.com
Micah Danges received a BFA in Photography from Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA, 2001. His work has been included in recent exhibitions at Bodega Gallery, Fleisher Art Memorial, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Rebekah Templeton Gallery and Vox Populi all Philadelphia, PA. www.micahdanges.com
James Johnson received an MFA in Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, 2002, and a BFA in Photography & Graphic Design from Marywood University, Scranton, PA, 1999. His work has been included in recent exhibitions at Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA; Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD; Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Lump, Raleigh, NC; Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD; Oakland University Art Gallery, Rochester, MI; and Space Gallery, Portland, ME. He teaches Photography and Digital Arts at Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA. www.cargocollective.com/jamesjohnson
Anna Neighbor received an MFA in Photography from Tyler School Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 2006 and a BFA in Photography from New York University, New York, NY, 2000. Her work has been included in recent exhibitions at Greenlease Gallery, Kansas City, MO; Fleisher Art Memorial, Rebekah Templeton Gallery and Vox Populi, all Philadelphia, PA. She teaches Photography, Digital Arts and History of Photography at the University of Pennsylvania and Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia. www.annaneighbor.com
Brent Wahl received an MFA in Photography from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2006 and his BFA in Photography from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, 1992. His work has been included in recent exhibitions at Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA; Dumbo Art Center, Brooklyn, NY; Space Gallery, Portland, ME; Philadelphia Photo Art Center, Vox Populi, Slought Foundation and the Institute of Contemporary Art, all Philadelphia, PA. He teaches Photography at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. www.brentwahl.com
Fiat Lux will be on view April 5 - May 24, 2013. The opening reception is Thursday, April 11 from 5:30-7:30pm, with a gallery talk by the artists at 5:30pm. A panel discussion with the artists and moderated by Caperton, on the potentials and shortcomings of photography, will be held on Wednesday, May 1, at 6:00pm. Both events are free and open to the public.
This exhibition is made possible by special project support from the Edna W. Andrade Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation.
Forth Estate: Recent Editions
April 5 - May 24, 2013
Thursday, April 11: Reception 5:30-7:30pm
PHILADELPHIA: Forth Estate: Recent Editions brings together over twenty limited edition works published by Forth Estate, a Brooklyn-based print publisher and workshop. Founded in 2005 by Glen Baldridge and Luther Davis, Forth Estate works with emerging and established artists to create works utilizing a wide range of printmaking processes. While some of the artists in the exhibition had previous knowledge of printmaking processes, for others it was a first opportunity to work with a master printer to create an edition that expands and enhances their body of work. The collaborative, innovative spirit of Forth Estate has helped them garner considerable attention in their short history. Forth Estate prints are in the collections of the Jundt Art Museum, Spokane, WA; Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; The New York Public Library, New York, NY; Newark Public Library, Newark, NJ; Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.
Artists in the exhibition include Glen Baldridge, Ian Cooper, Alex Dodge, Amze Emmons, Rachel Foullon, Brett Groves, Butt Johnson, Eddie Martinez, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Lucy Raven, Phil Sanders, Sara Sanders, Kate Shepherd and Guy Walker. The exhibition will also include proofs and plates utilized in the making of the editions, giving a glimpse into the process of how the prints were made. A set of progressive proofs of Today’s Gaze (2008) by Joseph Hart, a six color intaglio etching with aquatint, sugar lift, spit-bite, digital inkjet collage, 24K gold leaf collage and hand additions with graphite, will show each step in the making of this enormously complex work.
Forth Estate: Recent Editions will be on view April 5 - May 24, 2013. The opening reception is Thursday, April 11 from 5:30-7:30pm. On Wednesday, April 24 at 6:00pm we will host a BYO Social event with Glen Baldridge from Forth Estate. BYO Socials bring artists and art appreciators together for fun, casual conversations at The Print Center. Both events are free and open to the public.
The Print Center supports printmaking and photography as vital contemporary arts and encourages the appreciation of the printed image in all its forms. The Print Center presents a variety of programs for the public including exhibitions; The Print Center Gallery Store, which offers the largest and most diverse selection of contemporary prints in Philadelphia; the longest running annual international competition for prints and photographs in the country; and an extensive series of education programs and special events.