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Blind Spot: Collapsing Images
Saturday, November 03, 2007

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Blind Spot is the international source book of photography-based fine art for artists, collectors, creative directors, designers, curators and art lovers. Blind Spot publishes new works by the renowned artists and discovers vital new work by up-and-coming artists. Fourteen years old, Blind Spot has gained an international reputation for being a visual magazine that does not talk about imagery—the content is imagery.

Collapsing Images Forum

As a counter-point to the visual conversation provided by the magazine, the Collapsing Images Forum aims to give a voice to the issues surrounding photography, and discuss the role of photography in the media and popular culture. Collapsing Images presents three vital discussions led by leading photographers, filmmakers and critics.

Part I A Conversation between Jack Pierson & Jerry Schatzberg (2:00 pm)

Part II Money, Money, Money, Money (4:30 pm)

Part III Truth and Authenticity in Photography (7:30 pm)

This event is co-sponsored by Blind Spot.

2:00 PM
in association with Fred & Associates
Part I
A CONVERSATION BETWEEN JACK PIERSON & JERRY SCHATZBERG

About Jerry Schatzberg

A creator of poetic images and a compelling storyteller, Jerry Schatzberg has, over the past three decades, excelled in both the realms of photography and filmmaking. Published in Vogue, McCall’s, Esquire, Glamour, and Life in the 1960’s. Schatzberg captured intimate portraits of the generation’s most notable artists, celebrities and thinkers (from Bob Dylan to Robert Rauschenberg), and he pushed on in the 1970s to the medium of film and participated in the renaissance of American cinema, directing films such as: Puzzle of a Downfall Child, The Panic in Needle Park, and Scarecrow. His work marks a time in the history of film when the importance of solid and introspective narrative proved paramount. There are currently two books in production chronicling Jerry Schatzberg’s life and work.

About Jack Pierson

Jack Pierson makes photographs, word sculptures, installations, drawings, and artist's books that explore the emotional undercurrent of everyday life, from the intimacy of romantic attachment to the distant idolizing of others. Using friends as models, Pierson has consistently engaged star culture through his work, whether the stars are from the screen, stage, or art world. Refusing cynicism or irony, Pierson relates to his viewers by seeming to admit his own attraction to the fantasy life depicted in his artworks. He has had recent solo exhibitions at Cheim & Read, NY; Alison Jacques Gallery, London; and Regen Projects, LA. Pierson’s work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

4:30 PM
Part II
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY, MONEY

In an era when creativity and innovation have a price tag and the lines between art and commerce are increasingly blurred, how do artists negotiate this terrain? Are commercial entities like Prada, Apple and Louis Vuitton modern-day Medicis or are these corporations and their consigliere simply bandits brokering on the fame of the artist? Is art in the service of commerce or vice versa?

Moderator: Glenn O’Brien

Panelists: Vince Aletti, Philip Lorca diCorcia, Dennis Freedman, Doug Lloyd, Glen Luchford, Collier Schorr, Andy Spade, Olivier Zahm

About Vince Aletti

Vince Aletti reviews photography exhibitions for the New Yorker's Goings on About Town section and writes a regular column about photography books for Photograph magazine. He contributes features and reviews to Aperture, Art + Auction, Art & Antiques, and Photoworks. He was the art editor of the Village Voice from 1994 to 2005, and the paper's photo critic for 20 years. He is the winner of the International Center of Photography's 2005 Infinity Award in writing.

About Philip Lorca diCorcia

Philip Lorca diCorcia's work is frequently shown in exhibitions addressing our cultural zeitgeist. At the beginning of his career in the late 1970s, diCorcia situated his friends and family within fictional interior tableaus. He later shifted his attention outward, photographing strangers in urban spaces—Berlin, Calcutta, Hollywood, New York, Rome, Tokyo—and infused the pictures with supplementary lighting to achieve a sense of heightened drama. DiCorcia received his first solo show in 1985 and has had one-person exhibitions worldwide, including those at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Centre National de la Photographie (Paris), the Whitechapel Art Gallery (London), the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (Madrid), Art Space Ginza (Tokyo), and the Sprengel Museum (Hanover). In 2001, diCorcia won the Infinity Award for Applied Photography from the International Center for Photography in New York.

About Dennis Freedman

Dennis Freedman is Creative Director of W Magazine. He is responsible for the creative transformation of the magazine, which was relaunched in 1993. In his capacity as Creative Director, Dennis has initiated collaborations with the most influential photographers in the world, including Craig McDean, Bruce Weber, David Sims, Steven Meisel, Steven Klein, Mario Testino, Mario Sorrenti, Mert Atlas and Marcus Piggott, Juergen Teller, Philip Lorca diCorcia, Chuck Close, and Richard Prince. His efforts have earned the publication three National Magazine Awards for Photography. In 2007, Dennis established his own agency, Dennis Freedman Studio. Campaigns that he has worked on include Dolce and Gabbana, Calvin Klein Jeans, and D&G with Steven Klein, Helmut Lang and Celine with Bruce Weber, and a new Coty Fragrance for Marc Jacobs with Juergen Teller.

About Douglas Lloyd

Douglas Lloyd is CEO and creative director of Lloyd (+co), a high-end fashion advertising agency which he founded 11 years ago. His clients include Gucci, Estée Lauder, Movado, Theory, Club Monaco, Glacéau/Vitamin Water, and Oscar de la Renta. Lloyd has also collaborated on several projects with non-profit organizations such as the Whitney Museum of Art, the Dali Lama Foundation, the CFDA, Free Arts Organization, and the Judd Foundation. With a focus on fashion, beauty and fragrance, Lloyd (+ co) and Douglas Lloyd specialize in branding, strategic positioning, advertising, collateral, sales and public relations support, logo development, graphic design, and product consultation. The agency also works in publishing on books and magazines. Design awards won by Lloyd include the New York Type Directors Club, Photo Design, and American Photography, as well as many FIFI awards over the last 10 years.

About Glen Luchford

Glen Luchford’s rich and dramatic photo images reveal an intense cinematic style that spans fashion, portraiture and contemporary art. His work for clients including Prada, Yves Saint Laurent, Levis, Mercedes Benz, VW, Sanyo, Parliament, Davidoff and Calvin Klein, has resulted in some of the most memorable campaigns of recent years. His portraits of leading cultural figures including Dennis Hopper, Willem Defoe, Madonna, Bjork and Tilda Swinton, have been commissioned by international publications. His seductive and imaginative fashion editorial work is regularly featured in leading magazines such as Italian, Paris and American Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Another and W. Luchford’s fashion photography has been exhibited at The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, and MoMA Queens as part of Fashioning Fiction (2004). In 2000, Luchford completed a feature length film From Here to Where, which was nominated for the Michael Powell Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 2001.

About Glenn O'Brien

Glenn O'Brien was a student at Columbia University when he landed a job at Andy Warhol's Interview magazine where he became editor and art director. He has run the New York bureau of Rolling Stone, was articles editor of Playboy's alternative skin magazine, Oui, and worked at High Times magazine. In 1976 he formed the band Konelrad--the world's first socialist-realist rock band and in 1978 he launched Glenn O'Brien's TV Party on Manhattan Cable TV's public access channel. In 1981 he wrote and produced the film Downtown 81, starring Jean-Michel Basquiat. In the mid-'80s he began a second career in advertising as a copywriter for Barney’s New York and becoming creative director of Barney’s Advertising. O'Brien’s work appears regularly in GQ, Vanity Fair, Italia, and Paper, among others. His books include The Style Guy, Soapbox (essays), and the poetry collection Human Nature (dub version). He is editor of the literary magazine Bald Ego and has a novel forthcoming.

About Collier Schorr

Collier Schorr was born in New York in 1963. Her work has been exhibited internationally at the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, Walker Art Center, Institute of Contemporary Art in London, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, among many others. Schorr's solo exhibition "There I was", at 303 Gallery, New York opened in September 2007 and SteidlMack will publish a book of this work in December 2007. A solo exhibition of Schorr's "Jens F." work will appear at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. In 2007 Collier Schorr's "Forest and Fields: Neighbors" was on view at the Badischer Kunstverein Germany, and in 2008 the exhibition will travel to Le Consortium, Dijon, France. SteidlMack published a book of this work in 2006. Schorr was awarded the Guna S Mundheim Fellow, American Academy, Berlin in 2007 and will complete a residency in 2008. Schorr currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and is represented by 303 Gallery, NYC and Stuart Shave | Modern Art, London.

About Andy Spade

Andy Spade co-founded “Kate Spade” with his wife, Kate, in 1993. Prior to pursuing his entrepreneurial ambitions, he spent eleven years in the advertising industry. Andy's experience with some of the world's most recognized brands has helped shape his vision for Kate Spade's future. As CEO/Executive Creative Director, Spade has focused on positioning the company in both the domestic and global marketplaces, developing product lines and managing the brand’s direction. Specifically, the ad campaigns have been fundamental to expressing the world of Kate Spade. The fall 2002 campaign, “Visiting Tennessee,” had the distinction of being included in the Museum of Modern Art’s “Fashioning Fiction” exhibition. In 1999, Andy launched “Jack Spade,” a collection of accessories for men. In 2001, the Jack Spade line was nominated for the Perry Ellis Award for new accessories talent. Andy lectures at schools such as Harvard, Columbia, Yale, The Rhode Island School of Design, and The Art Center College of Design.

About Olivier Zahm

After spending the 1980s and early 1990s as a contemporary art critic for Artforum, Flash Art, Art Press, and Text Zur Kunst, Olivier Zahm co-founded Purple magazine in 1992 with Elein Fleiss. Throughout the '90s, the magazine, initially called Purple Prose, grew to encompass several sister publications: Purple Fashion, Purple Sexe, Purple Fiction, Purple, Purple Book, Purple Music, and Purple Journal. Since 2004, Zahm has been the editor of Purple Fashion, a biannual magazine on art and fashion. In addition to his editorial responsibilities, Zahm is the founder of the Purple Institute, an art direction society and consulting company aimed at creating links between the art world and industry. Zahm recently signed on to become the artistic director for the Yves Saint Laurent Men's and Woman's fashion campaigns. Zahm is also a renowned artist and has worked on over 150 exhibitions of contemporary art throughout the world as well as with PS1, the Museum of Modern Art, Paris, the Pompidou Center, and FOAM, Amsterdam.

7:30 PM
Part III
TRUTH AND AUTHENTICITY IN PHOTOGRAPHY

How does a photographer negotiate between "documenting" and "creating?” What is "truth" in photography? Other issues to address are the commodification of biography and the viewer/consumer’s visceral hunger for vicarious experience and search for authenticity via the artist.

Moderator: Elisabeth Sussman

Panelists: Mitch Epstein, Paul Graham, Katy Grannan, Danny Lyon,Tod Papageorge

About Mitch Epstein

Mitch Epstein’s photographs are in numerous major museum collections, including New York’s Metropolitan Museum, Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His current project, American Power, examines energy usage and the idea of excess in the United States. His recent books include Mitch Epstein: Work and Family Business. Epstein is the recipient of the Berlin Prize in Arts and Letters, Spring 2008, from the American Academy in Berlin. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.

About Paul Graham

Paul Graham is a British photographer whose work operates at the point where the documentary and artistic aspects of the medium coalesce. Graham was the first photographer to unite New Color photography with the sensibility of British social documentary, and in so doing he reinvigorated and expanded this area of practice, questioning our notions of what such 'documentary' photography can say, be, or look like. He has published over 10 books, including a Phaidon 'Contemporary Artists' monograph, and his work has been exhibited widely, most notably a one person show at the Tate Gallery, London, and the Venice Biennale. He has just published A Shimmer of Possibility, a 12-volume set of books by Steidl.

About Katy Grannan

Katy Grannan received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and her MFA from Yale University. She has exhibited at the 2004 Whitney Biennial, The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao; The Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and The Orange County Museum of Art, among others. Her work is in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; The Guggenheim Museum, NY; The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Orange County Museum of Art, The Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies, The International Center of Photography, and has been featured in ArtForum, Frieze, Art on Paper, Art and Auction, Visionaire, The Village Voice, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The New York Times Magazine, among others. Her monograph, Model American was published by Aperture.

About Danny Lyon

Danny Lyon was born in Brooklyn to Russian and German parents and grew up in Queens, NY. He studied history at University of Chicago and is self-taught in photography. He was a member and photographer of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, 1963-64, and the Chicago Outlaw Motorcycle Club, 1965-66. Lyon has been an independent photographer since 1962 and a filmmaker since 1969. He was an associate photographer for Magnum Photos, 1967-75, and a writer and essayist since 1973. He is a self-publisher, with Nancy Lyon since 1980 and Michael Hausman, as Bleak Beauty Books, since 1988. Lyon received a Guggenheim Fellowship in photography, 1969, and in filmmaking, 1979 and a Rockefeller Fellowship in filmmaking. 1990. He was a teacher of non-fiction film at SUNY/Buffalo and at Columbia University, and a photography teacher at Queensborough Community College. His latest book, Like A Thief's Dream, is the non-fiction story of an Arkansas murder. “Danny Lyon: Montage, Film, and Still Photography” will be on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art until December 2, 2007.>

About Tod Papageorge

Tod Papageorge earned his BA in English literature from the University of New Hampshire in 1962, where he began taking photographs during his last semester. He is the recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships and two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. In 1979, Papageorge was named the Walker Evans Professor of Photography at the Yale School of Art, a position he continues to hold today. As the director of the graduate program in photography at the School, he has taught and supervised the course of study of many of the strongest American photographers of the last 30 years. His work has been exhibited internationally, and is included in the collections of more than 30 major museums. In addition, he has written seminal essays on Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, and Robert Adams.

About Elisabeth Sussman

Elisabeth Sussman is Curator and Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her recent exhibition Gordon Matta-Clark: “You Are the Measure” is currently on tour to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles followed by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Next for the Whitney, Elisabeth will be co-curating a retrospective exhibition of the work of William Eggleston. She has organized a number of other Whitney exhibitions including Remote Viewing: Invented Worlds in Recent Painting and Drawing (2005); Mike Kelley: Catholic Tastes (1991); Nan Goldin: I’ll Be Your Mirror (1996), with David Armstrong; Keith Haring (1997); and the Museum’s 1993 Biennial Exhibition. She has recently co-curated two exhibitions on the work of Eva Hesse: one of her drawings with The Drawing Center and another of her sculpture with the Jewish Museum, both in New York. For the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Sussman co-organized, with Renate Petzinger of the Museum Wiesbaden, a full retrospective on the work of Eva Hesse. The exhibition received the International Art Critics Association First Prize for the best monographic exhibition outside of New York in 2001 and 2002. For SFMOMA, Sussman also organized, with Sandra Phillips, a retrospective of the work of Diane Arbus. The catalogue for the Arbus exhibition has received the 2004 Infinity Award for Publication of the International Center of Photography. Elisabeth Sussman has been a Fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio, Italy, and at the Getty Research Institute. She is the author of many publications, including Lisette Model and has contributed essays on Robert Gober for the Schaulager and Lee Bontecou for an upcoming exhibition catalogue.
 


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