Sunday, September 7, 2014

Lorna Simpson - Silverstein Photography Lecture Series

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, 06:30pm
Meyerson Hall, Room B1

Visiting artist Lorna Simpson discusses her work as part of the Howard A. Silverstein & Patricia Bleznak Silverstein Photography Lecture Series. 
Lorna Simpson was born in 1960 in Brooklyn, New York, and received her BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, New York, and her MFA from the University of California, San Diego. When Lorna Simpson emerged from the graduate program at San Diego in 1985, she was already considered a pioneer of conceptual photography. Feeling a strong need to reexamine and re-define photographic practice for contemporary relevance, Simpson was producing work that engaged the conceptual vocabulary of the time by creating exquisitely crafted documents that are as clean and spare as the closed, cyclic systems of meaning they produce. Her initial body of work alone helped to incite a significant shift in the view of the photographic art’s transience and malleability.
Lorna Simpson first became well-known in the mid-1980s for her large- scale photograph-and text works that confront and challenge narrow, conventional views of gender, identity, culture, history and memory. With unidentified figures as a visual point of departure, Simpson uses the figure to examine the ways in which gender and culture shape the interactions, relationships and experiences of our lives in contemporary America. In the mid-1990s, she began creating large multi-panel photographs printed on felt that depict the sites of public – yet unseen – sexual encounters. Another aspect of her practice includes figurative drawings of characters, and collages as well as a new video work titled “Chess,” 2013 which premiered at the Jeu De Paume in May 2103.

TRUCE: September 5 - October 2

The 2015 MFA candidates use the occasion of their fall exhibition TRUCE as a brief moment of contemplation. This collective showing is a chance to examine processes & their products and recalibrate strategies for engaging new territories of meaning. The existence of a truce is a liminal arrangement between parties. By definition it is neither a permanent resolution nor a far-reaching compromise. Out of the myriad discourses and conflicts confronted in the preceding year, TRUCE presents a diverse body of responses manifested in sculpture, video, painting, drawing, photography, and new media.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014

Conversation with Artist and Filmmaker, Michael Snow at the PMA on Sat, Feb 1st at 2pm

Internationally acclaimed filmmaker, visual artist, and musician Michael Snow joins Adelina Vlas, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, in a conversation about the exhibition Michael Snow: Photo-Centric. The talk is from 2:00 - 3:30pm on Saturday, Feb 1st. A free ticket is required, which can be reserved at the PMA or online at 

The show Photo-Centric will be on view through April 27th.

Alfredo Jaar, 2013 Venice Biennale Representative of Chile, to lecture at Penn on Thursday, Feb 6th

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Good-Game Launch Party at the Maas Building on Dec 7th!

New York Exhibitions for Dec 7th

Here are some photography shows worth checking out if you are getting to NYC any time soon:

Yossi Milo Gallery - Simen Johan through Dec 7th - Photography
Andrea Meislin Gallery - Group Show through Dec 20th - Landscape Photography
Yancey Richardson Gallery - Hellen Van Meene through Dec 21st - Contemporary Portrait Photography
Gagosian Gallery - William Eggleston through Dec 21st - Photography Legend
Julie Saul Gallery - Sarah Anne Johnson through Dec 21st - Racy Altered Photographs
Matthew Marks Gallery - Thomas Demand through Dec 21st - Unmonumental Street Photography
Hasted Kraeutler Gallery - Marc Dennis through Jan 4th - Portraits in Museums
Terry Atkins at Salon 94 - UPenn Sculpture Professor through Jan 11th
Chris Burden at the New Museum - through Jan 12th
The Whitney - TJ Wilcox through Feb 9th - Panoramic Video Installation
Mike Kelley at PS1 - through Feb 2nd
The Walther Collection - Marina Bacigalupo through Feb 8th - Contemporary Portrait Photography