This week, when it comes to photo related events, February is looking good. I mean, real good. With four photo haps featuring some of the most incredibly talented women to date, it’s hard to make it to them all.
I thought I’d soften all the FOMO by including an upcoming Q+A panel discussion in April with the impeccable, Shirin Neshat. More info on that below!
Now on to the hard part, how will you be spending your photo weekend? I know it’s going to be quite the decision, but hey, at least I’ve taken out some of the dirty work for you.
Don’t forget to send in those RSVP’s!
LA ART BOOK FAIR
@ The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA | FEBRUARY 24, 2017 – FEBRUARY 26, 2017
Preview | Thursday, February 23, 2017 | 6–9 pm | $10 entry fee
Printed Matter presents the fifth annual LA Art Book Fair, from February 23 – 26, 2017, at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.
Free and open to the public, Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair is a unique event for artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by over 300 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers. Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair 2016 saw over 35,000 visitors over the course of three and a half days.
Printed Matter’s LA ART BOOK FAIR is the companion fair to Printed Matter’s NY ART BOOK FAIR, held every fall in New York. In September 2016, over 39,000 artists, book buyers, collectors, dealers, curators, independent publishers, and enthusiasts attended Printed Matter’s NY ART BOOK FAIR.
(RE)PRESENT Q+A Discussion Panel
@ Las Fotos Project | FEBRUARY 25, 2017 6PM – 8PM
Join Las Fotos Project on Saturday, February 25 for a panel Q+A with four well-known black female photographers: Oriana Koren, Kayla Reefer, Dana Washington and Sophia Nahli Allison.
The conversation will be centered on the experiences, challenges, and triumphs of black women photographers and their relationship to their craft. Our wonderful panelists will discuss how their intersecting identities impact both their photographic subject matter and their professional career.
The discussion will highlight the need and importance of black women’s visibility in photography, the challenge of diversifying representations of “blackness” and traditional representations of black communities in mainstream media.
Following the moderated portion of the panel, audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions to panelists during the Q+A.
This community event is free, but please RSVP at www.lasfotosproject.org/RSVP.
You can also read my interview with Dana Washington on her portrait series Awa here.
Las Fotos Project is located on 2658 Pasadena Ave., Lincoln Heights, CA 90031
ICONS by Parker Day
@ Superchief Gallery | FEBRUARY 25, 2017 1PM – 10PM
Superchief Gallery LA took on the solo exhibition of 100 portraits by photographer Parker Day. Her images from her series ICONS burst forth from the seamy underbelly of life in an explosion of lurid technicolor with a cast of characters played by club kids, internet personalities, and self-professed freaks. The un-retouched grit and grain of 35mm film packages fantastical content in palpable reality. Identity, and our ability to shape how we’re seen and in turn who we are, is central to the work. It’s communicated through costuming, symbols, and the emotional language of color, to connect in an intuitive and direct way that transcends artifice.
Parker Day began shooting ICONS in July, 2015. Images from the series have been featured in The New Yorker, Juxtapoz, Vice, i-D, and Dazed. Although selections from ICONS have appeared in international media and group shows, Superchief Gallery LA is the first to exhibit the complete ICONS series.
Visit the work of Parker Day during her closing reception before it’s gone!
FRIDA KAHLO – HER PHOTOS
@ The Bower Museum | FEBRUARY 25, 2017 – JUNE 25, 2017
Frida Kahlo – Her Photos offers an intimate glance into the life of one of the world’s most beloved artists. Throughout her life, Kahlo meticulously collected over 6,000 photographs of loved ones as well as scenes of Mexican culture, politics, art, history and nature.
These photographs were taken by many renowned creatives of the time including Edward Weston, Tina Modotti, Lola and Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Martin Munkácsi, the artist herself and others. After her death, the collection was locked away by a grieving Diego Rivera in Kahlo’s Mexico City family home, Casa Azul or the Blue House. More than fifty years later, this treasured collection was revealed to the public. Curated by the distinguished Mexican photographer and image historian Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, Frida Kahlo – Her Photos presents 241 of these photographs, all of which are the first and only prints made of the originals.
The Bower Museum is located on 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706
AN EVENING WITH VISUAL ARTIST SHIRIN NESHAT
@ Bovard Auditorium | APRIL 25, 2017 at 7PM
Shirin Neshat, born in Iran and based in New York City, is one of the most prominent living artists in the world. Her work probes issues of gender, power, displacement, protest, identity, and the space between the personal and the political. Neshat’s photography, video installations, and films have been shown at museums and festivals across the globe, and she has been awarded the International Award at the Venice Biennale, the Silver Lion for Best Director at the Venice Film Festival, and the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize.
In a wide-ranging and inspiring talk, Neshat will discuss her creative process, how migration and living in varied cultures has affected her life and her art, and the role of art and freedom of expression in an enlightened and just society.
For more information, click here.