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David Goldblatt, Before the fight: amateur boxing at the Town Hall, Boksburg

Lecture by David Goldblatt
November 29, 2012 / 7PM
Phyllis Wattis Theater, SFMOMA
151 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Free and open to the public
No RSVP - Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis

Born in 1930 in Randfontein, South Africa, David Goldblatt began photographing in 1948 and is best known for intimately documenting developments in South Africa from the period of Apartheid to present-day.

In 1998, he was the first South African to be given a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, and has since exhibited at both Documenta 11 (2002) and Documenta 12 (2007) in Kassel, Germany. More recently, his work was examined in Intersections Intersected: The Photography of David Goldblatt at the New Museum and South African Photographs: David Goldblatt at the Jewish Museum, New York. Goldblatt will be featured in the exhibition South Africa In Apartheid and After at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art starting in December 2012.

Goldblatt is the recipient of the 2006 Hasselblad award, the 2009 Henri Cartier-Bresson Award and was a 2010 Lucie Award Lifetime Achievement Honoree.



"Vanessa, Philadelphia," 2006 © Zoe Strauss/Courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art

Lecture by Zoe Strauss
October 23, 2012 / 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco CA, 94107

Free and open to the public
No RSVP - Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis

Self-taught photographer, Zoe Strauss was born in 1970 in Philadelphia. She aspires “to create an epic narrative that reflects the beauty and struggle of everyday life,” which she historically examines within the context of her hometown. On her 30th birthday, she was given a camera and started taking pictures of life in Philadelphia’s marginal neighborhoods. She has since been described as the “chronicler of Philadelphia's mean streets” and the city’s own Diane Arbus.

Between 2001 and 2011, she exhibited her photographs in a yearly exhibition titled Under I-95, which featured her prints affixed to columns under an elevated section of Highway I-95.

Strauss received a Seedling Award in photography from the Leeway Foundation in 2002, a Pew Fellowship in 2005, and in 2006, her work was included in the Whitney Biennial. In 2007, Strauss was named a 2007 USA Gund Fellow. This year, the Philadelphia Museum of Art organized Strauss’s mid-career retrospective, titled 10 Years.

 

Zoe Strauss: http://www.zoestrauss.com/

 

Lecture by Charlotte Cotton
October 2, 2012 / 7pm
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco CA, 94107

Free and open to the public

British writer and curator Charlotte Cotton has served as the Creative Director of London’s Media Space, Curator and Head of the Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Curator of Photography at the Victoria & Albert Museum and Head of Programming at The Photographers’ Gallery, London.

She has been a visiting critic and professor at colleges and universities throughout the US and England including Yale University, Cranbrook Academy of Art, University of California, Los Angeles and the Royal College of Art.

She has authored a number of books including The Photograph as Contemporary Art, Then Things Went Quiet, Guy Bourdin and Imperfect Beauty.

 

Lecture by LaToya Ruby Frazier
April 10, 2012 / 7pm
T
imken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, SF Campus
Free and open to the public


LaToya Ruby Frazier's photography and video work employs such themes as the body and landscape, familial and communal history, private and public space, and human complexity. Frazier's nine-year artistic collaboration with her family has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, ArtForum, Art in America, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and The Village Voice.

Her work was included in the exhibition Greater New York at P.S.1 MoMA and Younger Than Jesus at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and has been exhibited at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and Higher Pictures Gallery. Frazier's work was featured in the 2011 International Incheon Women Artists' Biennial in Korea, and is included in the 2012 Whitney Biennial.

Frazier was recently awarded a 2012 Creative Capital Grant for Visual Arts. She is a featured artist on the new Art21 online documentary series New York Close Up. Frazier received her BFA in Applied Media Arts from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in Photography from Syracuse University. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Art Omi, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program.

LaToya Ruby Frazier: www.latoyarubyfrazier.com

 

Lecture by Jason Fulford
March 2, 2012 / 7pm
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, SF Campus
Free and open to the public


"Sometimes if you see something so completely unremarkable, it’s heartbreaking. I don’t know why. Sometimes if you see something so totally ridiculous and straightforward, it’s also heartbreaking. It gives you this weird feeling where your eyes swell up and you can’t decide whether to laugh
or cry."
- Jason Fulford, 2005

Jason Fulford has been depicting "the simultaneous feeling of sad and funny" throughout his career. Born in Atlanta, GA, and now living in San Francisco, CA, Fulford has a BA from Pratt Institute in New York. His work has been exhibited in New York, Seattle, Copenhagen, Budapest, Atlanta and Kansas City, and has been published in The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Life, Newsweek, Suddeutche Zeitung, among many more.

His photographs have also graced the covers of books published by virtually every major publishing house - which is entirely fitting, as Fulford is co-founder of a book imprint himself (J&L Books, Inc., established 2001). A graphic designer and freelance commercial photographer as well as an artist, Fulford is the author of four books: The Mushroom Collector (2010), Raising Frogs for $ $ $ (2006), Crushed (2003), and Sunbird (2000). His project, The Mushroom Collection, is on view until April 2012 at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.


Jason Fulford: http://jasonfulford.com

 

Lecture by Stephen Shore
February 23, 2012 / Lecture from 7-9pm
Phyllis Wattis Theater, SFMOMA
151 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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In 1972, self-taught photographer Stephen Shore set out from his native New York City to Amarillo, Texas, on the first of what would become a decade's worth of road trips across America. Shore's trademark photographs of middle-American landscapes, interiors, and figures helped establish color photography as an accepted medium in the world of art. At age twenty-three, he was the second living photographer to have a one-man show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Shore has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; International Center of Photography, New York; George Eastman House, Rochester; Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Jeu de Paume, Paris; and Art Institute of Chicago. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts and, most recently, received a commission from the CCA Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art to document the United States in its current state of economic downturn. Since 1982, he has been the Director of the Photography Program at Bard College in New York State, where he serves as the Susan Weber Professor in the Arts.

Free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. Tickets will be available for pick up on the day of the event at the Phyllis Wattis Theater entrance beginning at 5:00 p.m.