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Masterclass with Susan Meiselas moderated by Shelley Rice

2 Apr

14 April 2018

15h00 to 18h00

Jeu de Paume Museum, Place de la Concorde, Paris

Within the framework of her retrospective, Jeu de Paume is pleased to provide the audience with a special moment of exchange with photographer Susan Meiselas and art historian and journalist Shelley Rice.

During this Masterclass, Susan Meiselas will answer the questions and comments that will be suggested by the participants. To enable her to prepare these exchanges in the best conditions, the participants are invited to send us their questions or proposals before April 2nd, 2018 to the following address:

Shelley Rice: “There is, first and foremost, something I would very much like to ask Susan, and it is a big question. I want to ask her what she has learned from her world travels, her close encounters, her active, varied and engaged career?

There is no way to put Meiselas’ achievements in a box, since she has photographed directly and archived others’ photographs; moved forward in history on the wave of revolutions and backwards in chronicling destruction, death and loss. She has told stories of power and agency, and collected remnants of disenfranchisement and oppression; she has faced violence on levels ranging from war to sexual abuse. She has interviewed people in rural communities and cities on several continents, studied working conditions and family structures. She has perused domestic environments and family albums of those at home and in diaspora. In other words: Susan Meiselas’ life has been an extraordinary journey into the human condition in its many manifestations —a life of privileged access to an extraordinary richness of experience. She is always in the midst of collecting stories about the lives of others, and passing these on to an increasingly global audience.

In my mind, what distinguishes Meiselas is the steadiness of her gaze into the lives of others, her non-judgmental acceptance of peoples’ existences. It is as if she understands that all of us are dealt a hand of cards when we are born, for better or worse, and she is endlessly intrigued by how we choose to play it. Never an ideologue or a political activist in the strident sense, Susan is committed to the sanctity of individual experience, the worthiness of every point of view. I would love to ask her what she herself has learned from the archive she has created and collected during her lifetime —an archive of tales whose diversity makes manifest a vastly expanded picture of life on earth. I think it’s fair to say that Susan Meiselas has helped us to recognize the experiences of those with whom we share this planet. I would love to hear her thoughts on this assessment.”

Shelley Rice, March 2018

Masterclass with Susan Meiselas and Shelley Rice, on Saturday April 14th, 2018, 3-6PM at Jeu de Paume’s auditorium.
Admission: 3 euros or free on presentation of the exhibition ticket (valid only on the day of purchase), within the limit of available seats




MoMA Panel Moderated by Shelley Rice

8 Mar

MoMA Invite_Family of Man Book and Panel


Contemporary Photographers – Shelley Rice

16 Jan

Frozen Reflections or Creative Evolution_ Notes on Women, Imaging and Aging

Re-imagining A Safe Space

23 Oct


Opening Reception + Panel

Thursday, October 26, 2017 | 6 – 8 PM

Riese Lounge | NYU Tisch School of the Arts
721 Broadway, 1st Floor
New York, NY 10003
Free and open to the public. Photo ID is required for entrance to all NYU buildings. 

6pm – Opening Reception
7pm – Panel Discussion

  • Jessica Ingram, photographer/moderator
  • Mangue Banzima, photographer
  • Nina Berman, photographer
  • Sandrine Colard, Assistant Professor, Faculty Fellow, NYU DPI
  • Wendy Ewald, photographer
  • Samara Gaev, Director, Truthworker Theatre Company
  • Michael Ralph, Associate Professor, NYU SCA
  • Scheherazade Tillett, cofounder, A Long Walk Home
The exhibition runs October 26, 2017 –January 13, 2018 at the Gulf + Western Gallery, 721 Broadway, Lobby and 8th Floor.

Co-curated by Melissa Harris and Deborah Willis, Re-imagining A Safe Space will explore critical questions regarding the idea of a safe space. We hope to reach deeper and richer understanding of our needs as a public—and how those needs differ depending on demographics and who we are individually.

Featuring works by: Mangue Banzima, Martin Bell & Mary Ellen Mark, Nina Berman, Zoë Buckman, Cause Collective (Ryan Alexiev, Jim Ricks, Will Sylvester, Hank Willis Thomas), Elizabeth Colomba, Bruce Davidson, Bryan Denton, Erika deVries, Wendy Ewald, Donna Ferrato, Samara Gaev, Caran Hartsfield, Lili Holzer-Glier, Jessica Ingram, Austin Irving, Michael Koehler, Barbara Kruger, Zoraida Lopez-Diago, Lorie Novak, Gordon Parks, John Peters, Mark Peterson, Alice Proujansky, Safe Spaces Collective (Myles Golden, Nathaniel Palmer, Mallika Vora), Scheherazade Tillet, Sophia Tsanos, Danny Wilcox Frazier, and David Wojnarowicz.

A newsprint publication will accompany the exhibition with contributions by Clara Wilson-Hawken, Patricia Snavely Vogel, Kendra Paitz, Jaïra Placide, and Kathy Engel, among others.

he Nathan Cummings Foundation is rooted in the Jewish tradition and committed to democratic values and social justice, including fairness, diversity, and community. We seek to build a socially and economically just society that values nature and protects the ecological balance for future generations; promotes humane health care; and fosters arts and culture that enriches communities.
The Department of Photography and Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts is a four-year B.F.A. program centered on the making and understanding of images. Students explore photo-based imagery as personal and cultural expression. Situated within New York University, the program offers students both the intensive focus of an arts curriculum and a serious and broad grounding in the liberal arts.

Robert Frank: Books and Films, 1947–2016

4 Jan

Robert Frank Books & Films Exhibition coming to Tisch

Grey Gallery Conversation With Shelley Rice

28 Oct


Thursday, October 29, 6:30 pm
NYU Silver Center, Room 300 (enter at 32 Waverly Place)


Yasufumi Nakamori, curator of For a New World to Come and associate curator of photography,
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Shelley Rice, professor of history of photography, NYU, will explore issues in Japanese experimental photography of the 1970s and beyond, in a global context.

Co-sponsored by NYU’s Departments of Art History and Photography & Imaging, and Grey Art Gallery.

Free of charge, no reservations, seating is limited. Photo ID required for entrance to NYU buildings.


Offered in conjunction with the exhibition For a New World to Come: Experiments
in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968–1979,
 presented in New York City in two parts:
at the Grey Art Gallery, New York University (September 10–December 7, 2015)
and Japan Society Gallery (October 9, 2015–January 10, 2016).

For more information on the exhibition,
please visit


Grey Art Gallery, NYU:
Tuesday/Thursday/Friday: 11 am–6 pm
OPEN LATE Wednesday: 11 am–8 pm
Saturday: 11 am–5 pm
Closed Sunday/Monday/Major holidays, 212/998-6780

Japan Society Gallery:
Tuesday–Thursday, 11 am–6 pm
OPEN LATE Friday: 11 am–9 pm
with free admission 6 pm–9 pm
Saturday–Sunday, 11 am–5 pm
Closed Monday/Major holidays, 212/832-1155

Image: Graphication, no. 5, May 1970
Cover image by Michihiro Kimura
Magazine, 9 5/8 x 9 5/8 x 1/8 in.
Tokyo: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
Courtesy Yokota Shigeru Gallery


Photography Symposium

8 Oct

All events are taking place in conjunction with the 50th anniversary celebration of the founding of the School of the Arts at NYU.


Event Date and Time
Department of Photography and Imaging, Room 804
721 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the School of the Arts at NYU, the Department of Photography and Imaging will be hosting the first of a series of alumni panels addressing professional careers and the future of our evolving field.

This first session will feature four distinguished alumni whose careers reflect both the creative and scholarly traditions of our curriculum. Internationally recognized artistHank Willis Thomas (TSOA,’98) will discuss his creative career and share views about provocative, activist art and collaborative models. He will be joined by his frequent collaborator, Jessica Ingram (TSOA,’99), artist and Chair of the Photography Department at California College of  the Arts.

Representing the field of publishing, the first editor to introduce photographic illustration at The New Yorker and currently Director of Photography at Fortune magazine, Mia (Diorio) Deihl (TSOA,’88) will share her experiences and discuss the hybrid nature of merging print and electronic media. Rounding out the panel, Chris Mahoney (TSOA,’88), Senior Vice President and Head of the Photography Department at Sotheby’s, will discuss marketing, the market place and the historical research that supports the sale of photographic treasures.

Following the panelist’s comments, there will be an opportunity for a Q&A.

Panel moderated by Thomas Drysdale.