Archive for July, 2004

What’s happening 7/29/04

Thursday, July 29th, 2004
Upcoming Events When
Conversations in Art: Aaron Siskind and the Abstract Expressionsts from Pollock to de Kooning
The Phillips Collection [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/29
6&7pm
Secondsight meeting: Bernis von zur Muehlen
Chevy Chase Bank Building [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/30
6:30pm
An Introduction to Aaron Siskind: New Relationships in Photography
The Phillips Collection [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/5
2pm
Teen Photography Workshop: Let’s Go Orozco
Hirshhorn Museum [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/6
1pm
Success as an Artist: Seminar for artists
Fraser Gallery Bethesda [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/8
noon
Teen Photography Workshop: Let’s Go Orozco
Hirshhorn Museum [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/13
1pm
WWII Photographic Perspectives Exhibition Tour
Museum of American History [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/14
2pm
Inspiration Renewed: August Sander’s Landscape Photography in the Wake of Nazi Germany
The Phillips Collection [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/19
6&7pm
Penn Camera: Express Digital Day Demo
Penn Camera, Vienna, VA [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/25
11am
Directions–Gabriel Orozco: Curator’s Tour
Hirshhorn Museum [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/5
2pm
David Lubin: Life After Death: JFK, Dallas and Modern Visual Culture
Renwick Gallery [homepage] [hours] [map]
10/7
4pm

 

Current Exhibits & Shows Closes
Sally Mann: Last Measure
Hemphill Fine Arts [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/31
Carrie Mae Weems: The Jefferson Project
G Fine Art [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/31
Memories of World War II Photography Exhibit
Union Station [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/31
Seven More (Things We Like)
Conner Contemporary Art [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/31
Prisma at Spectrum: Four Photographers, Four Visions
Spectrum Gallery [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/1
A Celebration of the Figure
MOCA DC [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/1
Multiple Exposures Gallery show juried by Helen Kelly
Multiple Exposures Gallery [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/2
Take Ten: Photography Group Exhibit
Touchstone Gallery [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/8
Normandy Portraits: 60th Anniversary
Montpelier Cultural Arts Center [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/21
Blessed is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord
Pope John Paul II Cultural Center [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/22
Diego y Frida: A Smile in the Middle of the Road
Cultural Institute of Mexico [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/27
Vladracul: Johnny De Brest’s Photo Novel
Goethe Institute Washington [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/27
Dog Days Dog Show (some photography)
Kathleen Ewing Gallery [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/28
All Digital: Juried exhibition
Photoworks at Glen Echo Park [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/1
Focus on the Soul: The Photographs of Lotte Jacobi
Museum of Women in the Arts [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/5
August Sander: Photographs of the German Landscape
The Phillips Collection [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/5
Aaron Siskind: New Relationships in Photography
The Phillips Collection [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/5
Sally Mann: What Remains
Corcoran Museum of Art [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/6
Directions-Gabriel Orozco: Extension of Reflection
Hirshhorn Museum [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/6
Alexandria at War
The Lyceum [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/7
Faith & Courage: U.S. Chaplains’ Service in World War II
Washington National Cathedral [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/26
Tornado: Twist of Fate
National Geographic Museum [homepage] [hours] [map]
10/11
Symphony in Steel: Ironworkers & the Walt Disney Concert Hall
National Building Museum [homepage] [hours] [map]
11/28
The New Berlin: Photographs by Wess Brown
German Historical Institute [homepage] [hours] [map]
12/31
Mike McCartney’s Liverpool Life: Sixties Black and Whites
Museum of American History [homepage] [hours] [map]
1/2
The Beatles! Backstage and Behind the Scenes
Museum of American History [homepage] [hours] [map]
1/2
WWII Photographic Perspectives
Museum of American History [homepage] [hours] [map]
1/5
Reconaissance and Recollection: The Photographs of Sy Weinstein
National Museum of American Jewish Military History [homepage] [hours] [map]
5/31
Rotating Student Photography Exhibit
Washington School of Photography [homepage] [hours] [map]
rotating
Oldrich Skacha (call to confirm still running - believe website is wrong)
Czech Embassy [homepage] [hours] [map]
?
David Glick: This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land
Zenith Gallery [homepage] [hours] [map]
?
(call)
The Forgotten War Remembered: America and the Korean War
National Archives at College Park [homepage] [hours] [map]
?

Nikki Lee talk at Hirshhorn

Saturday, July 24th, 2004

The auditorium at the Hirshhorn Thursday evening was much larger than I was expecting, and it was pretty full for Nikki’s talk. After some unfocused comments about her background and work, she showed dozens of slides from her Projects series, providing great stories and information about working within each group. Seeing so much of the Projects work together was much better than viewing a few images at a time, since it really reinforced how different the groups could be while still somehow including Nikki. In addition, seeing multiple images from each individual Project really brought home how much depth she attained within each group. When you only see one image from each series, it is easy to imagine that she just spent a few days finding a group and getting a snapshot made. Not true. This was a serious dedication of effort over multiple years; each group took around 3 months, with a month or so of actual photography taking place. The rest of the time was spent preparing herself physically (e.g. losing weight, altering skin tone), buying clothes, researching the group, infiltrating herself into the group, etc. I have a great deal of respect for someone who can make a plan for something like this, then pursue it for such a long period of time - she really became a part of the groups that she worked with, and that took some seriously hard work.

To follow up on the earlier entry debating whether or not Nikki is a photographer, it is clear after this talk that she was not a photographer in the Projects series. She referred to herself as an artist rather than a photographer, but more importantly, it seemed that the act of placing herself within each group was more important to her than the photographs that resulted. The photographs made it possible to share the results with the world, but they play a primarily documentary role. In fact, she explicitly stated that she never used professional photographers to take the images - she used whoever was at hand, and relished the unpolished & unpredictable composition in the resulting photographs. In contrast, for her more recent Parts series, she kept much more tight control over the image creation, sometimes going so far as to take a digital image of the scene she wanted, then showing it to the person taking the final photograph in order to get exactly what she envisioned. This isn’t to say that she doesn’t have the ability to be a photographer - she does. In the Projects work, she simply opted not to be the photographer.

The Hirshhorn has six of her Projects photographs currently on display on the third floor, and someone indicated there are more on the second floor, but I didn’t have time to find them before the talk. She also has a group of photographs appearing in the New York Times Magazine sometime in the next few months - she didn’t know the exact date.

If you have any interest in Nikki’s work, you should feel bad that you missed this talk - it was entertaining, gave good insight into her work, and didn’t cost a dime. You should have gone!

What’s happening 7/22/04

Thursday, July 22nd, 2004
Penn Camera: Express Digital Day Demo
Penn Camera, Laurel, MD [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/21
11am
Nikki S. Lee - Meet the Artist
Hirshhorn Museum [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/22
7pm
Collector’s Perspective: August Sander’s Landscape Photographs
The Phillips Collection [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/22
6:30pm
Opening: Dog Days Dog Show (some photography)
Kathleen Ewing Gallery [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/24
3pm
Photogravity: Gilbert Vicario speaks about Orozco’s Work
Hirshhorn Museum [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/25
2pm
Conversations in Art: Aaron Siskind and the Abstract Expressionsts from Pollock to de Kooning
The Phillips Collection [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/29
6&7pm
Secondsight meeting: Bernis von zur Muehlen
Chevy Chase Bank Building [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/30
6:30pm
An Introduction to Aaron Siskind: New Relationships in Photography
The Phillips Collection [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/5
2pm
Teen Photography Workshop: Let’s Go Orozco
Hirshhorn Museum [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/6
1pm
Success as an Artist: Seminar for artists
Fraser Gallery Bethesda [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/8
noon
Teen Photography Workshop: Let’s Go Orozco
Hirshhorn Museum [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/13
1pm
WWII Photographic Perspectives Exhibition Tour
Museum of American History [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/14
2pm
Inspiration Renewed: August Sander’s Landscape Photography in the Wake of Nazi Germany
The Phillips Collection [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/19
6&7pm
Penn Camera: Express Digital Day Demo
Penn Camera, Vienna, VA [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/25
11am
Directions–Gabriel Orozco: Curator’s Tour
Hirshhorn Museum [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/5
2pm

 

Nikki S. Lee: Parts & Projects
Numark Gallery [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/24
Sally Mann: Last Measure
Hemphill Fine Arts [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/31
Carrie Mae Weems: The Jefferson Project
G Fine Art [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/31
Memories of World War II Photography Exhibit
Union Station [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/31
Seven More (Things We Like)
Conner Contemporary Art [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/31
Prisma at Spectrum: Four Photographers, Four Visions
Spectrum Gallery [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/1
A Celebration of the Figure
MOCA DC [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/1
Multiple Exposures Gallery show juried by Helen Kelly
Multiple Exposures Gallery [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/2
Take Ten: Photography Group Exhibit
Touchstone Gallery [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/8
Normandy Portraits: 60th Anniversary
Montpelier Cultural Arts Center [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/21
Blessed is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord
Pope John Paul II Cultural Center [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/22
Diego y Frida: A Smile in the Middle of the Road
Cultural Institute of Mexico [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/27
Vladracul: Johnny De Brest’s Photo Novel
Goethe Institute Washington [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/27
All Digital: Juried exhibition
Photoworks at Glen Echo Park [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/1
Focus on the Soul: The Photographs of Lotte Jacobi
Museum of Women in the Arts [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/5
August Sander: Photographs of the German Landscape
The Phillips Collection [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/5
Aaron Siskind: New Relationships in Photography
The Phillips Collection [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/5
Sally Mann: What Remains
Corcoran Museum of Art [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/6
Directions-Gabriel Orozco: Extension of Reflection
Hirshhorn Museum [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/6
Alexandria at War
The Lyceum [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/7
Faith & Courage: U.S. Chaplains’ Service in World War II
Washington National Cathedral [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/26
Tornado: Twist of Fate
National Geographic Museum [homepage] [hours] [map]
10/11
Symphony in Steel: Ironworkers & the Walt Disney Concert Hall
National Building Museum [homepage] [hours] [map]
11/28
The New Berlin: Photographs by Wess Brown
German Historical Institute [homepage] [hours] [map]
12/31
Mike McCartney’s Liverpool Life: Sixties Black and Whites
Museum of American History [homepage] [hours] [map]
1/2
The Beatles! Backstage and Behind the Scenes
Museum of American History [homepage] [hours] [map]
1/2
WWII Photographic Perspectives
Museum of American History [homepage] [hours] [map]
1/5
Reconaissance and Recollection: The Photographs of Sy Weinstein
National Museum of American Jewish Military History [homepage] [hours] [map]
5/31
Rotating Student Photography Exhibit
Washington School of Photography [homepage] [hours] [map]
rotating
Oldrich Skacha (call to confirm still running - believe website is wrong)
Czech Embassy [homepage] [hours] [map]
?
David Glick: This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land
Zenith Gallery [homepage] [hours] [map]
?
(call)
The Forgotten War Remembered: America and the Korean War
National Archives at College Park [homepage] [hours] [map]
?

Union Station AP WWII Exhibit

Thursday, July 22nd, 2004

Had a half hour on my way somewhere else yesterday, so walked through this exhibit. It is mostly large B&W prints from the AP, also available in the book Memories of World War II. It goes through WWII from beginning to end, with installations of three to six photographs of each topic. I haven’t seen the WWII photography exhibit at the American History Museum yet, but this one was better than I expected. Some of the images are classics, such as the flag raising on Iwo Jima. Others look like they are a classic, but didn’t look quite right. For example, there is a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square, very (very!) similar to Eisenstadt’s well-known image of the same topic, but lacking the same amount of context. I’m sure the AP has thousands of strong images from this period, so I can’t help but think that this image was selected explicitly to play on Eisenstadt’s classic photograph. Nothing wrong with that, but I would have rather seen the AP’s unique imagery across the board rather than remakes of other classic works. (But hey - if someone tells me that Eisenstadt was just a copy of the AP’s image, I’m all ears…) I wouldn’t make a special trip, but if you’re in Union Station, go by the West entrance hall. I would have liked a few more minutes, but 30-45 minutes should be enough. I’m looking forward to the American History Museum exhibit, which promises work by Robert Capa, Margaret Bourke-White, and others.

Nikki Lee, Nikki Lee, Nikki Lee, tidbits

Saturday, July 17th, 2004

Tracy Lee emailed after
I posted about Nikki Lee, questioning why I had called Nikki Lee a
photographer. Hopefully this won’t be a spoiler for anyone, but Nikki
appears in her images, and instead of using a self-timer or cable
release to take the picture, has others do the actual camera work. My
initial reaction was that of course Nikki is a photographer - she
conceived the idea, set everything up, decided the locations, etc. Just
because she didn’t push the actual button, it was still a photographic
work essentially created by her, and that made her a
photographer.

This afternoon, I went down to the Numark Gallery
to see her current show, and my opinion has changed. First, maybe a
third of her images contain pretty clearly unchoreographed elements
such as people in the background, and their locations and expressions
can be an important part of the image. Capturing this at the right
moment elevates her collaborator to more than just a button pusher. In
addition, from this review
in yesterday’s Washington Post, it seems that there is less direction
to the person behind the camera than I had been assuming: “Lee doesn’t
stage her scenes … ultimately documenting her
performance in snapshotlike photographs taken by a friend or another
member of the group.” My take now? I’d have to find out more about how
she creates her work, which I’ll hopefully get to do later this week,
but from the information in this article I would find it difficult to
call her a photographer. The photography clearly seems to be secondary
to the situation, which is what she really creates.

If you’d
like to decide for yourself, there is plenty of Nikki Lee going on this
week, including some stuff not on the most recent event/exhibit
calendar:

  • Her show at the Numark Gallery
    closes July 24, so go soon. If you need extra incentive to get to the
    area, go Monday and then walk south with your blanket to see “All the
    President’s Men” at Screen on the Green.

  • She’ll be at a closing party at the Numark Gallery from 6:30-8pm this Wednesday, Jul21.
  • The Hirshhorn is showing some recent acquisitions of her work.
  • She is speaking at a Meet the Artist event at the Hirshhorn Thursday evening at 7pm - I’m going to try and make it to this.
  • She has not one, but count ‘em, TWO recent reviews in the Washington Post, one from July 7 and the other yesterday, July 16.

I promised a few tidbits, so here you go:

  • I also stopped by the Touchstone Gallery
    this afternoon for their Take 10 show. This was a relatively small
    exhibit in a back room called The Annex, but had some decent pieces. I
    thought the images by Pamela Zilly were some of the better executed works, in a nice to hang on your wall rather than an edgy way.
  • The Carrie Mae Weems: The Jefferson Project
    was also on my path this afternoon. It is an interesting installation
    with commentary on genetic issues, but it isn’t really a photography
    exhibit in the sense I was expecting - it is large fabric hangings with
    images on them, with an audio track describing some of the issues. If
    you’re in the area, worth stopping by - just make sure you find the
    place, as you need to navigate some funky back-alleys.

  • National Geographic has Tornado: Twist of Fate showing through October 11, which I didn’t catch for the latest exhibit list…will add it next time.

Photography classes

Friday, July 16th, 2004

There have been some questions about where to learn photography. Although I don’t have time to create and update a list of specific classes, here are some pointers - sorry in advance if any links go dead.

The Art League has a school that offers some photography classes. I took a portrait photography class through The Art League with Robin Reid at her studio in Alexandria, which covered basic studio lighting and posing. It was a decent beginner class, but I don’t feel like I could really go and do it myself - I’d need to go back for another round. She did offer a more advanced followup class, but I couldn’t make it. The Corcoran has classes for adults and young people, as well as full degree programs. Up in Bethesda, check out the Washington School of Photography - can’t say anything about it since I’ve never taken a class there. If you want to take pictures of DC sights, the Washington Photo Safari purports to teach you about travel photography. Photoworks at Glen Echo Park offers photography classes. I don’t know what the policies are for universities in the area like GWU, American, and GMU as far as taking individual classes, but I’m sure they have decent photography programs. You may also want to try local community colleges like the Northern Virginia Community College continuing eduction program, although I didn’t see any photo courses listed, at least at the Alexendria campus. They do have a photography program, however. Montgomery College offers several photography programs. The dcphotogs mailing list on Yahoo has a group of people who get together to go on photography outings.

If you’re willing to travel, you can head up to the ICP school in New York. Yes, it is far, but if you can sleep/read on a bus, you can get there for only $35 round trip. I took one class with Melissa Springer, and am doing a documentary photography two-weekend workshop with David Turnley later this month. While you’re up there, check out some of the galleries & exhibitions.

I’m sure I’ve missed others, but hopefully this provides pointers to start looking.

What’s happening 7/15/04

Thursday, July 15th, 2004
Upcoming Events When
Opening Reception: Four Photographers, Four Visions
Spectrum Gallery [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/15
6:30pm
Nikki S. Lee - Meet the Artist
Hirshhorn Museum [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/22
7pm
Collector’s Perspective: August Sander’s Landscape Photographs
The Phillips Collection [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/22
6:30pm
Photogravity: Gilbert Vicario speaks about Orozco’s Work
Hirshhorn Museum [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/25
2pm
Conversations in Art: Aaron Siskind and the Abstract Expressionsts from Pollock to de Kooning
The Phillips Collection [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/29
6&7pm
Secondsight meeting: Susan Soroko speaking
Chevy Chase Bank Building [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/30
6:30pm
An Introduction to Aaron Siskind: New Relationships in Photography
The Phillips Collection [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/5
2pm
Teen Photography Workshop: Let’s Go Orozco
Hirshhorn Museum [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/6
1pm
Success as an Artist: Seminar for artists
Fraser Gallery Bethesda [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/8
noon
Teen Photography Workshop: Let’s Go Orozco
Hirshhorn Museum [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/13
1pm
WWII Photographic Perspectives Exhibition Tour
Museum of American History [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/14
2pm
Inspiration Renewed: August Sander’s Landscape Photography in the Wake of Nazi Germany
The Phillips Collection [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/19
6&7pm
Directions–Gabriel Orozco: Curator’s Tour
Hirshhorn Museum [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/5
2pm

 

Current Exhibits & Shows Closes
Images of Italy
Kathleen Ewing Gallery [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/17
David Smith , Dan Schwartz & Colin Montgomery
Elizabeth Roberts Gallery [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/17
Nikki S. Lee: Parts & Projects
Numark Gallery [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/24
Sally Mann: Last Measure
Hemphill Fine Arts [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/31
Carrie Mae Weems: The Jefferson Project
G Fine Art [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/31
Memories of World War II Photography Exhibit
Union Station [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/31
Seven More (Things We Like)
Conner Contemporary Art [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/31
Prisma at Spectrum: Four Photographers, Four Visions
Spectrum Gallery [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/1
A Celebration of the Figure
MOCA DC [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/1
Multiple Exposures Gallery show juried by Helen Kelly
Multiple Exposures Gallery [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/2
Take Ten: Photography Group Exhibit
Touchstone Gallery [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/8
Normandy Portraits: 60th Anniversary
Montpelier Cultural Arts Center [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/21
Blessed is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord
Pope John Paul II Cultural Center [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/22
Diego y Frida: A Smile in the Middle of the Road
Cultural Institute of Mexico [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/27
Vladracul: Johnny De Brest’s Photo Novel
Goethe Institute Washington [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/27
All Digital: Juried exhibition
Photoworks at Glen Echo Park [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/1
Focus on the Soul: The Photographs of Lotte Jacobi
Museum of Women in the Arts [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/5
August Sander: Photographs of the German Landscape
The Phillips Collection [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/5
Aaron Siskind: New Relationships in Photography
The Phillips Collection [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/5
Sally Mann: What Remains
Corcoran Museum of Art [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/6
Directions-Gabriel Orozco: Extension of Reflection
Hirshhorn Museum [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/6
Alexandria at War
The Lyceum [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/7
Faith & Courage: U.S. Chaplains’ Service in World War II
Washington National Cathedral [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/26
Symphony in Steel: Ironworkers & the Walt Disney Concert Hall
National Building Museum [homepage] [hours] [map]
11/28
The New Berlin: Photographs by Wess Brown
German Historical Institute [homepage] [hours] [map]
12/31
Mike McCartney’s Liverpool Life: Sixties Black and Whites
Museum of American History [homepage] [hours] [map]
1/2
The Beatles! Backstage and Behind the Scenes
Museum of American History [homepage] [hours] [map]
1/2
WWII Photographic Perspectives
Museum of American History [homepage] [hours] [map]
1/5
Rotating Student Photography Exhibit
Washington School of Photography [homepage] [hours] [map]
rotating
Oldrich Skacha (call to confirm still running - believe website is wrong)
Czech Embassy [homepage] [hours] [map]
?
David Glick: This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land
Zenith Gallery [homepage] [hours] [map]
?
(call)
The Forgotten War Remembered: America and the Korean War
National Archives at College Park [homepage] [hours] [map]
?

Tidbits

Sunday, July 11th, 2004

The speaker for the Secondsight meeting on 7/30 had to cancel, so the speaker is currently TBD. Stay tuned.

Tracy Lee has four photographs hanging in the Celebration of the Figure show at MOCA DC in Georgetown. (Can’t get their website to work today, so don’t know what else is showing there.) Open House is July 16, 6-9pm.

I missed the Phillips Collection calendar of events which lists upcoming gallery talks on their current exhibitions. These will of course be added to the event list later this week.

Went to Fraser Gallery reception on Friday

Sunday, July 11th, 2004

Headed up to Bethesda around 6:30pm for this reception. The gallery was much more crowded than I was expecting, which was good to see. Many of the visitors appeared to be on the monthly Bethesda Art Walk. The most vivid work was by Viktor Koen. Loud, colorful, and demanding attention, but it looked more like painting to me than photography, even though it was created from photographs. Got to see two of James Bailey’s works, which really need to be seen as originals - they are 3-dimensional pieces, and looking at them on the web pretty much misses the point. Since he was there, we had a good conversation about his views on digital art, and how his work is a reaction to this. Most importantly for me, talking to James in person made me much more aware of his emphasis that each of Rough Edge Photography piece is a unique, irreproducible item. He’s pretty intense about this - the work incorporates the actual negative that was shot (so it can never be used for another reproduction), and the camera that produced it is destroyed. I had read these things, but hadn’t really understood the connection - the final piece is as close to the only physical object left from the entire process as James can achieve.

What’s happening 7/8/04

Thursday, July 8th, 2004
Upcoming Events When
When Poetry Happens–Photographs of Gabriel Orozco (Lecture)
Hirshhorn Museum [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/8
7pm
Reception: Contemporary Photography
Fraser Gallery Bethesda [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/9
6pm
Take Ten: Photography Group Exhibit Opening Reception
Touchstone Gallery [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/9
6pm
WWII Photographic Perspectives Exhibition Tour
Museum of American History [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/10
2pm
Portraits and Politics: Photographs from the Front Lines of History - Karin Ballard, Exhibition Viewing
Corcoran Museum of Art [homepage] [hours] [map]
 7/13
7pm
Normandy Portraits: 60th Anniversary - Luncheon & Talk
Montpelier Cultural Arts Center [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/14
noon
Opening Reception: Four Photographers, Four Visions
Spectrum Gallery [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/15
6:30pm
Nikki S. Lee - Meet the Artist
Hirshhorn Museum [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/22
7pm
Photogravity: Gilbert Vicario speaks about Orozco’s Work
Hirshhorn Museum [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/25
2pm
Secondsight meeting: Susan Soroko speaking
Chevy Chase Bank Building [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/30
6:30pm
Teen Photography Workshop: Let’s Go Orozco
Hirshhorn Museum [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/6
1pm
Teen Photography Workshop: Let’s Go Orozco
Hirshhorn Museum [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/13
1pm
WWII Photographic Perspectives Exhibition Tour
Museum of American History [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/14
2pm
Directions–Gabriel Orozco: Curator’s Tour
Hirshhorn Museum [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/5
2pm

 

Current Exhibits & Shows Closes
Walter looss Jr.: Classic Golf Photographs
Govinda Gallery [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/10
Contemporary Photography
Fraser Gallery Bethesda [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/13
Images of Italy
Kathleen Ewing Gallery [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/17
David Smith , Dan Schwartz & Colin Montgomery
Elizabeth Roberts Gallery [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/17
Nikki S. Lee: Parts & Projects
Numark Gallery [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/24
Sally Mann: Last Measure
Hemphill Fine Arts [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/31
Carrie Mae Weems: The Jefferson Project
G Fine Art [homepage] [hours] [map]
7/31
Prisma at Spectrum: Four Photographers, Four Visions
Spectrum Gallery [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/1
Multiple Exposures Gallery show juried by Helen Kelly
Multiple Exposures Gallery [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/2
Take Ten: Photography Group Exhibit
Touchstone Gallery [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/8
Normandy Portraits: 60th Anniversary
Montpelier Cultural Arts Center [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/21
Blessed is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord
Pope John Paul II Cultural Center [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/22
Diego y Frida: A Smile in the Middle of the Road
Cultural Institute of Mexico [homepage] [hours] [map]
8/27
All Digital: Juried exhibition
Photoworks at Glen Echo Park [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/1
Focus on the Soul: The Photographs of Lotte Jacobi
Museum of Women in the Arts [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/5
August Sander: Photographs of the German Landscape
The Phillips Collection [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/5
Aaron Siskind: New Relationships in Photography
The Phillips Collection [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/5
Sally Mann: What Remains
Corcoran Museum of Art [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/6
Directions-Gabriel Orozco: Extension of Reflection
Hirshhorn Museum [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/6
Alexandria at War
The Lyceum [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/7
Faith & Courage: U.S. Chaplains’ Service in World War II
Washington National Cathedral [homepage] [hours] [map]
9/26
The New Berlin: Photographs by Wess Brown
German Historical Institute [homepage] [hours] [map]
12/31
Mike McCartney’s Liverpool Life: Sixties Black and Whites
Museum of American History [homepage] [hours] [map]
1/2
The Beatles! Backstage and Behind the Scenes
Museum of American History [homepage] [hours] [map]
1/2
WWII Photographic Perspectives
Museum of American History [homepage] [hours] [map]
1/5
Rotating Student Photography Exhibit
Washington School of Photography [homepage] [hours] [map]
rotating
Oldrich Skacha (call to confirm still running - believe website is wrong)
Czech Embassy [homepage] [hours] [map]
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David Glick: This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land
Zenith Gallery [homepage] [hours] [map]
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(call)
The Forgotten War Remembered: America and the Korean War
National Archives at College Park [homepage] [hours] [map]
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