Promises of a veritable feast of aesthetic curiosities and revelations await visitors to theMonth of Photography in Paris throughout November. There are over 80 exhibitions at galleries and cultural institutions as well as lectures, projections and other assorted events. Right in the middle is Paris Photo at the magnificent Grand Palais November 15-18. The 50,000 expected visitors can view works from 151 exhibitors, representing 22 countries. There is also a host of interesting programs and new this year is the “Paris Photo – Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards.” On the horizon are the bright lights of Hollywood when Paris Photo L.A. premieres at the Paramount Pictures Studios April 24-28… Come December, collectors’ eyes (and feet) turn to Miami. There are 15 (at last count) art fairs December 5-9 competing for a piece of the action. While there isn’t one venue dedicated solely to photography, photo-based work can be found at all the fairs, ranging from the high-rolling Art Basel Miami Beach to NADA, which is a not-for-profit collective of professionals working with contemporary art. Don’t forget your sunscreen!
InVision Photo Festival, taking place in Bethlehem, PA, November 2-4, offers a diverse array of exhibitions and events. Included in the line-up are photographers Joyce Tenneson, Joe McNally and Zoe Strauss… In the nation’s capital, 40,000 visitors are expected atFotoWeekDC, which runs from November 9-18. There are exhibitions, seminars, lectures and 100 partner events throughout the region… The Big Easy hosts PhotoNOLA November 29-December 2. It is coordinated by the New Orleans Photo Alliance in partnership with museums, galleries, and alternative venues citywide. The kick-off gala is at the Musée Conti Historical Wax Museum.
In The Museums
George Eastman House, the world’s oldest museum of photography, has appointed Dr. Bruce Barnes as its new director. “We have a mission to be a leader,” said Barnes. “The range of activities and opportunities is exhilarating.” The 50 year old, who has a Ph.D in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, was the head of Element K, a Rochester-based online learning company from 2000 to 2004. More recently, he is the founder and president of the American Decorative Art 1900 Foundation, which seeks to promote works from that period, often in collaboration with museums.
Catherine Edelman, who is celebrating the 25th anniversary of her Chicago gallery, has been elected the next president of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers. “No other organization has the depth and breadth of experience in fine art photography that you find with AIPAD,” noted Edelman… Marla Hamburg Kennedy has recently opened a space in Chelsea, overlooking the High Line at 514 W 25th Street. The gallery has a broad inventory of vintage and contemporary work with particular emphasis on post-war and contemporary photography and art…Congratulations to Scott Nichols on his San Francisco gallery’s 20th anniversary…At Throckmorton Fine Art, Kraige Block is celebrating 15 years as director with a selection of images from the more than eighty shows he has curated at the gallery.
A phone call out of the blue and $500,000 with no strings attached is how it works with the “genius grants” awarded by the MacArthur Foundation to individuals across all ages and fields who show exceptional merit and promise of continued creative work. This year’s recipients include photographers Uta Barth and An-My Lê.