Pier 24 Photography is pleased to announce the Spring 2014 Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program in collaboration with California College of the Arts and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
A Conversation with Philip Gefter and Mike Mandel
Friday, March 14 / 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
Mike Mandel grew up in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley during a period of expansion and transformation of the landscape that included the appearance of billboards, strip malls, and miles of freeways. This experience informs much of his work, which questions the meaning of photographic imagery within popular culture and draws from snapshots, advertising, news photographs, and public and corporate archives. Much of this work resulted in self-published artist's books including Myself: Timed Exposures (1971); Seven Never Before Published Portraits of Edward Weston (1974); The Baseball-Photographer Trading Cards (1975); and Making Good Time (1989). In 1977, Mandel and Larry Sultan collaborated on the seminal photographic book Evidence, comprised of file photographs from engineering, corporate and government agencies. Over a period of twenty-five years, Mandel and Sultan designed both temporary and permanent artworks specifically for public sites. Their collaboration has been documented in a recent monograph Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel (2012). Since the early 1990s, Mandel has worked extensively on public art projects transforming photographic imagery into large scale glass and ceramic tile mosaic murals. He has been awarded several NEA grants and a Fulbright Fellowship. Mandel's most recent projects have been in collaboration with his wife, Chantal Zakari. Their book, The State of Ata (2010), speaks to the clash between Islam and secularism in Turkey. And their book They Came to Baghdad (2012), is a response to the Iraq War. He has taught at the Museum School, Wellesley College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and the University of Massachusetts, Boston. This spring, he will serve as a visiting lecturer on Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University.
Philip Gefter is an author and photography critic. He was on staff at the New York Times for more than fifteen years, where as page one picture editor and then senior picture editor for culture, he wrote regularly about photography. Early in his career, Gefter was a picture editor at Fortune and an Assistant Editor at Aperture. In 2010, he produced the award-winning documentary Bill Cunningham New York. The recipient of a Museum Scholar residency at the Getty Research Institute, he has recently completed a biography of curator-collector, Sam Wagstaff.