Friday, June 29, 2007

Truly Visionary

As of yesterday, the world lost a visionary and a gentleman. He was 91. Silas H. Rhodes, founder and chairman of the School of Visual Arts passed peacefully in his sleep.

I have had the distinct pleasure of knowing the man personally for the past 17 years and marvelled numerous times at the institution he created. There would be no SVA without Silas and for that I am truly grateful. He also was the driving force behind the decision to allow me to curate my fashion photography show at the College and I hope to make him proud. He will be missed.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

In the Name of Fashion

So I promised that I would finally announce some major news in my life. This September, I will be curating a show entitled Click Chic: The Fine Art of Fashion Photography at the Visual Arts Museum at the School of Visual Arts. Six great photographers (all SVA alumni) will be highlighted - Roderick Angle, Guy Aroch, Maki Kawakita, Ryan Michael Kelly, Chiun-Kai Shih and Sarah Silver.

The exhibition opens on Monday, September 10th at 6pm and runs through October 6, 2007. A catalog with my curatorial statement and a new essay by Brain Paul Clamp, director of ClampArt will be available. So I would love it if you all could attend, dear readers - mark your calendars now... a fall must.

(above: image detail by Sarah Silver)

Friday, June 22, 2007

Snap Desicion

So I know I promised to reveal some big exciting news about something that will happen in September, but you are just going to have to wait a few more days. Tonight, if your in town, there is a photography show opening at the Jen Bekman Gallery entitled "New American Portrait" and the show highlights one of my favorite photographers right now Amy Elkins. (Above is an example of her work, not in the show, but I don't want to ruin the images that appear - you have to see them in the flesh - it's worth it, trust me.) Head down to the space early, as the gallery isn't large and the expected crowd is... don't say I didn't warn you if you get stuck on the street.

(detail above: Amy Elkin, Charles, Brooklyn, NY, 2006)

Thursday, June 21, 2007

I'm Back... And With a New Layout

After an extended disappearing act, I have finally returned (hopefully) to blogging on a more regular basis. With the show at ClampArt closing this Saturday (you still have time to see the piece in the flesh) and my return from the Affordable Art Fair where SVA has a booth I curated, I can start telling you about the next big project on my horizon. But I will save that for a next post... besides I have to keep you guys in a bit of suspense. Dum..dum...dah!