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

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