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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.


MOMA Photography Curator Quentin Bajac in Conversation with Shelley Rice

23 Feb

Preview of “Quentin Bajac | La Maiso...e | New York University”

Book Event: Jean-Pierre Laffont in conversation with Shelley Rice

10 Dec

Thursday, December 11th, 7:00 p.m.

Jean-Pierre Laffont
Photojournalist; founding member of Gamma USA and Sygma Photo News; author of Photographer’s Paradise: Turbulent America 1960–1990; Forward by Sir Harold Evans (Glitterati Inc., 2014) 

in conversation with

Shelley Rice
Professor, Department of Photography and Imaging and Department of Art History, NYU; critic; curator; author of Parisian Views; editor, Inverted Odysseys: Claude Cahun, Maya Deren, Cindy Sherman

Sparked by the desire to be a witness to his time, and driven by his insatiable curiosity, photojournalist Jean-Pierre Laffont traveled all fifty of the United States, capturing America through some of its most turbulent eras.

Laffont photographed everything: crises, tragedies, daily news, the politics of the White House and the United Nations. He thrived on working alone and only on stories of his choosing, ranging from the Civil Rights movement, to the race riots, the Vietnam War, the first Gay Pride parades, as well as the peace and feminist movements. He wrote his itineraries, made his appoint­ments, paid his expenses, developed his films, edited his photos, and wrote his copy. He worked “on speculation”, disliked working on assignments, and the needs of the marketplace never entered into his decisions to cover a particular story.

The book is organized by decade, taking us across the nation, from the funerals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy to the Washington D.C. protests. In no other country could Laffont have accessed such a wide range of controversial subject matter. For a photojournalist, America was, and continues to be, a Photographer’s Paradise.

For more than four decades, Laffont traveled the globe for the world’s leading news magazines. Among the numerous awards Laffont received are the Overseas Press Club of America’s Madeline Dane Ross Award, the World Press Photo General Picture Award, University of Missouri’s World Understanding Award, and an award from the New York Newspaper Guild. In 1996, he was honored with the French Order of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. Glitterati, Inc. won a Lucie Award for Book Publisher of The Year for Jean-Pierre’s Laffont’s Photographer’s Paradise.


Rectangular Squares at sepiaEYE

27 Oct