Tonight: Open Cover Before Striking Confounding Expectations Panel Discussion

This should be interesting. Especially in light of the all the technology talk I have been having - it will be interesting to here these artist's perspective.

Open Cover Before Striking
Confounding Expectations. Panel Discussion

Thursday, April 8, 2010
7:00 pm


The New School
Tishman Auditorium

66 West 12th Street
New York, New York

Aperture and the photography department in the School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School present a panel discussion with artists Roe Ethridge, Collier Schorr, and James Hoff & Miriam Katzeff of Primary Information, to discuss the pressing question: As print faces the encroachment of digital technology and the mainstreaming of online culture, what is the viability of the printed and published form of photography—monographic, serial, underground, or otherwise—as a means of artistic production? This panel discussion will be moderated by Gil Blank, artist and founding editor of Influence magazine.

Roe Ethridge received a BFA in photography at the College of Art in Atlanta. Ethridge's images emanate from his direct experience of the world. His focus is multiple and restless as he works to capture the vivid and intimate details of his various locales. In so doing, he moves freely among the classic genres of the photographic medium—portrait, landscape, and still life. Ethridge's work has recently been exhibited at Whitney Museum of American Art, New York: MOCA, Los Angeles: ICA, Boston and gallery exhibitions at Barbara Gladstone, Brussels and Rathole, Tokyo. His work has been featured in Vice magazine, Blind Spot, A magazine and i-D. Recent monographs include Rockaway, NY (2008) and Farewell Horse (2009). Ethridge will be included in the exhibition "New Photography 2010" at MOMA, New York.

Collier Schorr attended the School of the Visual Arts, New York. Best known for her portraits of adolescent men and women, Schorr's pictures often blend photographic realism with elements of fiction and youthful fantasy. Schorr's work was featured in the 2002 Whitney Biennial and the 2003 International Center for Photography Triennial. Schorr has exhibited her work at venues such as the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Le Consortium, Dijon, France; Villa Romana; Florance, Italy, Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO, and Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany. Working with SteidlMack, Schorr has published the monographs Jens F., Neighbors, There I Was, and Blumen. In June 2010 Schorr's work will be the subject of a retrospective exhibition titled "German Face" at the Museu Coleccao Berardo, Lisbon Portugal in conjunction with this summer's PhotoEspana, and will travel to CoCA Kronika in Bytom, Poland for the Ars Cameralis Festival in November 2010.

Primary Information is a non-profit organization formed in 2006 by James Hoff and Miriam Katzeff with the mission to publish and distribute artists' books and artists' writings. It is the firm belief of the founders that publications are essential to contemporary and historic artistic practice as they are more accessible than the conventional museum or gallery exhibition, which can only reach a finite number of people.

Gil Blank is a photographer and a frequent writer on the social, political, and historical contexts of current photographic practices. He has served as a contributing editor of photographic criticism for Art On Paper, Issue, and Whitewall magazines, and was a founding editor of Influence, an independently published magazine devoted to contemporary image-making. His writing regularly appears in monographs, including Freischwimmer, by Wolfgang Tillmans (2005), and White Planet, Black Heart, by Torbjorn Rodland (2006), as well as in surveys such as In Numbers: Serial Artist Editions, 1955–2008 (2009) and Words Without Pictures, commissioned by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Aperture, 2010).