Fairs & Festivals


The presidential race isn’t the only hot topic in our nation’s capital. It is also the site of theDC Fine Art Photography Fair that will be held October 5-7. According to organizer Kathleen Ewing, a major goal of the fair is to appeal to a younger generation of collectors who are interested in looking, learning and potentially buying photographs… A new energy is coming to the heart of downtown San Diego with the Medium Festival of Photography. The event runs September 6-8 and has a fresh lineup of exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and portfolio reviews… Each October, Atlanta Celebrates Photography in a big way. The city is transformed with over 150 photo-related exhibitions and events, including a diverse network of venues across the Atlanta metro area…. The vision behind Fotofocus is to recapture the spirit of Cincinnati’s legacy as an epicenter of art production and creative exchange and to revitalize that spirit for the 21st century. Launching in October, the month-long biennial brings together museums, galleries, and universities showcasing world-renowned artists and national and regional standouts. There is also a lecture and visiting artist series.


Gallery Beat 


Robert Mann opened the first photography gallery in Chelsea in 1999. The question at the time was whether enough people would actually venture to such a remote area. Well, we know the answer to that question. And now the Robert Mann Gallery is moving closer to the wildly popular elevated park known as the High Line. At the September 13 opening of the 4,000-square-foot space at 525 West 26th Street, the gallery will have on display a remarkable 25-year survey of the work of Richard Misrach… The Andrea Meislin Gallery, which specializes in contemporary art from Israel, is also on the move in Chelsea. Her new ground-floor space is at 534 West 24th Street. The opening on September 6 will be A Prayer is a Prayer is a Prayer, which will feature works from the gallery’s artists as well as a few others… Meanwhile, Michael Foley has left Chelsea for the adventuresome Lower East Side. His 1,200-square-foot space at 97 Allen Street was the former site of a neon sign store. Foley will continue to show innovative works in all mediums while maintaining a core photography program. He is opening on September 9 with Thomas Allen’s Beautiful Evidence. Just in case you arrive hungry, don’t worry, ‘cause next door they have delicious dumplings (4 for $1).


In The Museums


The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin has appointed Jessica S. McDonald, a former curator at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as its new chief curator of photography. McDonald will oversee a collection that spans from the world’s earliest-known photograph to prints from some of the great masters of the twenty-first century. The collection also focuses on photojournalism and documentary photography…Carol McCusker is the new curator of photography at the University of Florida’s Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville. McCusker joins the Harn with more than 12 years of experience in the field, including serving as the photography curator at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego for nine years… At the Metropolitan Museum of Art there is a shift of responsibilities within its photographs department. The current Curator in Charge, Malcolm Daniel, will move into the newly created position of Senior Curator, and Jeff Rosenheim will become Curator in Charge… The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., has acquired a collection of 169 photographs by Robert Adams—hand-selected by the artist.