Tuesday, October 16, 2012

This summer, my family and I had a wonderful trip to Chicago to attend the opening of FILM AND PHOTO IN NEW YORK at the Art Insitute of Chicago. The show includes my father, Morris' Engel's photos and films in a group show that also highlights: Louis Faurer, Helen Levitt, Robert Frank, Paul Strand and Weegee. It will be up until Thanksgiving if you are in the area, but unfortunately, it isn't going to travel at this point. I attended the US Open in September, and I was very pleased to see some moving photos by Rowland Scherman of Arthur Ashe in a small exhibit there. The new Fall season is in full swing with many solo shows for APAG members including: Len Speier (NYU), Jackie Weisberg, (St. Peter's church) Harold Feinstein (Panopticon Gallery in Boston), Gordon Parks (Howard Greenberg Gallery) Philip Trager (New York Public Library) and Helen Marcus (The Century Association). There is more information about all of these shows on the APAG Facebook page. I had a wonderful evening several weeks ago at the Studio Museum of Harlem, and saw some great photographs in the main gallery exhibit, such as Sandra Eleta, Rachelle Mozman and Rene Pena. Downstairs was an exhibit of James Van Der Zee's photos interwoven with some very strong high school photographers, who participate in a special program at the museum. I was at the museum for a wonderful tribute to filmmaker Bill Miles, who unfortunately was too ill to attend. The entire program was video-taped so he will be able to watch all the tributes from old friends and associates such as Melvin Ming, Hugh Price and Stanley Nelson. Bill Miles is known for films such as "Liberators", "The Black West" and "I Remember Harlem." There is an interesting copyright seminar coming up from the ASPP, and the Aperture Foundation 60th Anniversary Dinner and Auction is on 10/23, and PDN Photoplus Expo will be from 10/24 - 10/27 at the Javits Center. The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League, 1936 - 1951 is currently at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco from October 11, 2012 - January 21, 2013. Regards, Mary Engel

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Hi, Last weekend Tory Lynford (Photo Legacy Foundation Project Manager) and I went to Photoville! www.photovillenyc.org. It is a small photo fair with photographs exhibited in shipping containers in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Pier 3. It is a walk from any train station, and was hot, hot, hot. However, you can take a taxi or have a car drop you off right at the entrance on Furman Place reachable from either Old Fulton Street or Atantic Avenue. Conceptually, it was very unique, and an interesting location right on the East River. I thought the larger format worked better in the spaces, such as the photos on Transgender Teens by Josh Lehrer. APAG member, Julie Grahame will be on a panel on music photography this Saturday 6/30 at 1:30pm. There have been some important curatorial appointments recently, which mean some changes in the photo world. Mark Robbins is the new head of the International Center of Photography,(ICP). Robbins comes from the school of Architecture at Syracuse University. Quentin Bajac is the new chief curator at the Museum of Modern Art, (MOMA). Bajac comes from the Pompidou Center in Paris. Also, Jessica S. Mcdonald is the new chief curator at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas. Mcdonald comes from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. I have been posting APAG member news for now on our facebook page, until our website is revised, which should be completed in September. Plans for our symposium are shaping up, and it will most likely be on a Saturday in late October. We will keep you posted. Have a great summer! Best, Mary Engel

Thursday, April 26, 2012

HI, It is already April, and the auctions were earlier this month, with some stronger then others. AIPAD, the annual photo show at the Park Avenue Armory (www.aipad.org) was last month. Opening night is always fun, as is the rest of the show, since I enjoy seeing many dealers, friends, and curators who are in NY for the big event. I enjoyed going to a seminar at Hunter College that Steven Kasher moderated with Joe Baio and a collector from Toronto. Both collectors were both very interesting and candid, and explained how they got started, and why they collect what they do. Went to the Brooklyn Museum for two great events recently. One was at First Saturday, which is the first Saturday of every month, and it is free! They had over 20,000 people that evening, which was a record. There was the Keith Haring Exhibit, Jellybean Benitez iconic DJ who had thousands dancing in the main court, and then Christopher Makos (www.makostudio.com)who gave a lecture about his work. He was a lot of fun, and talked about The Factory and Andy Warhol, and Keith Haring, Bianca Jagger, Liza Minelli, and many more who appear in his photographs. Also, went to the FIRST AWARDS at the museum, which was sponsored by The Elizabeth Sackler Center for Feminist Art, and it was an incredible event. 16 women were chosen, and almost all of them were there including Jessye Norman, Connie Chung, Toni Morrison, Dr. Johnnetta Cole, Susan Stroman, Faye Wattleton and others. I just read about the Nordic Light International Festival of Photography which is happening now in the Norwegian coastal town of Kristiansund, (www.nle.no). It sounds great and there are some important photographers in attendence, including Mary Ellen Mark and Martin Bell, Greg Gorman, Bruce Davidson, and our own Abe Frajndlich and I think Julie Grahame. I hope they give us a presentation at the next meeting so we can all learn about it! More soon... Best, Mary Engel