UPCOMING LECTURES – 2019 / 2020



 

We are now working on lectures for the 2019/2020 NORTHSHORE PHOTOGRAPHY LECTURE SERIES. Please check back periodically for updated information, dates and times. Previews of four of the lectures are listed below.

 


A. D. Coleman

Art and Perturbation: Social Responsibility and the Photographer

Exploring the question(s) of what social responsibility a photographer has, using three examples: Jerry Uelsmann, Robert Frank, and W. Eugene Smith.

Thursday, 19 September, 2019 — 7:00-8:30 PM

Co-sponsored by Sweethaven Gallery and Firehouse Center for the Arts

 

Photo © Harris Fogel 2018

 

 A. D. Coleman has published 8 books and more than 2500 essays on photography and related subjects. Formerly a columnist for the Village Voice, the New York Times, and the New York Observer, Coleman has contributed to such periodicals as ARTnews, Art On Paper, and Technology Review. His syndicated essays on mass media, new communication technologies, art, and photography have been featured in such periodicals as Juliet Art Magazine(Italy), European Photography (Germany), and Art Today (China). His work has been translated into 21 languages and published in 31 countries.

Since 1995, Coleman has served as Publisher and Executive Director of The Nearby Café, a multi-subject electronic magazine where his widely read blog on photography, “Photocritic International,” appears. He also founded and directs the Photography Criticism CyberArchive, the most extensive online database ever created of writing about photography by authors past and present. With John Alley, he co-directs The New Eyes Project, an online resource for everyone teaching photography to young people.

Coleman — who lectures, teaches and publishes widely both here and abroad — has appeared on NPR, PBS, CBS and the BBC. A Getty Museum Guest Scholar and a Fulbright Senior Scholar, and a recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Hasselblad Foundation, he was honored in 1996 as the Ansel and Virginia Adams Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the Center for Creative Photography.

American Photo named Coleman one of “the 100 most important people in photography in 1998.” In 2002 he received the Culture Prize of the German Photographic Society — the first critic of photography ever so honored. In 2010 he received the J. Dudley Johnston Award for “lifetime achievement in writing about photography,” from the Royal Photographic Society (UK). In 2014 he received the Insight Award from the Society for Photographic Education. In 2015 he received the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi (SDX) Award for Research About Journalism, as well as The Photo Review Award for Outstanding Contributions to Photography.

Coleman’s first major curatorial effort, Saga: the Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, made its debut in both book and exhibition form in September 2005 and now tours internationally. A second museum-scale curatorial project, China: Insights, premiered in spring 2008 and continues to tour the U.S. He also curates smaller exhibitions for such venues as See+ Art Space/Gallery in Beijing and the Dali International Photography Exhibition in Dali, China. Since 2005, exhibitions that Coleman has curated have opened at museums and galleries in Canada, China, Finland, Italy, Rumania, Slovakia, and the U.S.

In 2018 Coleman celebrated 50 years of continuous production as working critic, historian, and theorist.


RAFFLE

There will be a raffle at the end of the lecture for:

poetic license  /  poetic justice.

by Allan Douglass Coleman

 

A multifaceted set of lively writings by two poet-intellectuals about the veracity of an avant-garde essay by a third, regarding realities within a publishing house run by the parents of one of them, this author.

Coleman’s family founded a leftist press. He and David Antin worked there. Antin wrote about it. Coleman took issue and created poetic license / poetic justice. Charles Bernstein commented.

And Coleman, with deepest reverence, presents us with his obituaries of both parents, too.

 

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Lecture followed by Q&A

Date: Thursday, 19 September, 2019

Time: 7:00-8:30 PM

Prices: Adults ($10), Students ($5) Plus $2 processing charge.

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From Personal to Universal
Photographs by Rania Matar

Thursday 24 October, 2019 — 7:00-8:30 PM

Co-sponsored by Sweethaven Gallery and Firehouse Center for the Arts

 

Sara and Samira – Bourj El Barajneh Refugee Camp, Beirut Lebanon, 2018

Rania Matar was born and raised in Lebanon and moved to the U.S. in 1984. Originally trained as an architect at the American University of Beirut and at Cornell University, she studied photography at the New England School of Photography and the Maine Photographic Workshops. Matar started teaching photography in 2009 and offered summer photography workshops to teenage girls in Lebanon’s Palestinian refugee camps with the assistance of non-governmental organizations. She now teaches Personal Documentary Photography, and Portrait and Identity at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and regularly offers talks, class visits and lectures at museums, galleries, schools and colleges in the US and abroad. In the winter/spring of 2017, she was an artist-in-residence at the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College, through a Mellon Foundation Grant and was a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient.

Matar’s work focuses on girls and women. As a Lebanese-born American woman and mother, her cultural background, cross-cultural experience, and personal narrative informs her photography. She has dedicated her work to exploring both sides of this identity: addressing issues of personal and collective identity, through photographs mining female adolescence and womanhood – both in the United States where she lives and the Middle East where she is from. Her work has won several awards, has been featured in numerous publications, and exhibited widely in the U.S. and internationally. Her images are in the permanent collections of several museums worldwide and can be seen at www.raniamatar.com.


 

© Dominic Chavez

Lecture followed by Q&A

Date: Thursday, 24 October, 2019

Time: 7:00-8:30 PM

Prices: Adults ($10), Students ($5) Plus $2 processing charge.

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The Fine Art of Documentary: Why beautiful pictures of war, poverty, and disease matter.

Presented by Glenn Ruga, Founder and Director, Social Documentary Network and Executive Editor, ZEKE Magazine,

and Barbara Ayotte, Communications Director, Social Documentary Network Editor, ZEKE Magazine.

Thursday, 29 January, 2020 — 7:00-8:30 PM

Co-sponsored by Sweethaven Gallery and Firehouse Center for the Arts

 

Photo © 2016 Amilton Neves from “Godmothers of War”

For eleven years, the Social Documentary Network (SDN) has been presenting powerful, and often beautiful, photographs of both challenging and uplifting situations around the world. The uplifting work often explores the grace of indigenous cultures, the majesty of the natural environment, or the day-to-day lives of ordinary people around the world.

The challenging work presented on SDN explores poverty, disease, environmental degradation, war, migration, and many others. Why does it matter that a photograph of a malnourished child is composed well, or that a photograph of a migrant family camping in the mud on the Serbia/Hungarian border uses black and white tonality in a masterful way? Aren’t the facts presented by the photos in such cases what is most important? Does form matter when the subject is about life and death?

Glenn Ruga and Barbara Ayotte will make a compelling argument why form matters, why art matters, and why it is a disservice to the issues being explored to only focus on the raw facts visible on the surface and not to also honor the integrity of a photograph created with the talent and skill of an artist who has organized these elements into a meaningful, and often beautiful, composition.

Launched in October 2008, the SDN website today has presented more than 3,200 compelling online exhibits submitted to the site by more than 2,000 photographers from all corners of the globe documenting issues as diverse as the effects of modernization on Kathmandu, homelessness in the U.S., the consequences of oil exploitation in the Niger Delta, and reconciliation in Rwanda. All photographers on SDN share a common curiosity about the human condition and a strong desire to communicate their insights through words and photographs.

In 2015, SDN launchedZEKE: The Magazine of Global Documentary, a print and digital publication presenting the best work from the SDN website combined with in-depth articles written by journalists exploring in greater detail the themes presented by the photographers.



Lecture followed by Q&A

Date: Thursday, 29 January, 2020

Time: 7:00-8:30 PM

Prices: Adults ($10), Students ($5) Plus $2 processing charge.

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A Wing and a Care

Lecture by Shawn Carey

Wednesday, 25 March, 2020 — 7:00-8:30 PM

Co-sponsored by Sweethaven Gallery and Firehouse Center for the Arts

 

 

Snowy Owls, Atlantic Puffins, and American Kestrels are connected by more than simply a resemblance of form or function. A crucial thread ties them together: each one has an advocate committed to protecting it and educating others about its plight. Migration Productions’ latest work, “A Wing And A Care,” opens a window onto the lives of these three birds, and introduces you to the men dedicated to their preservation and survival.

“A Wing And A Care” follows the stories of these three men as they work to protect the birds they love, and shows how a single individual can make a world of difference in the life of a bird. And it asks a critical question: how can each one of us get involved and help build a better future for these incredible birds?


Shawn Carey

Originally from Pennsylvania, Shawn moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 1986 and has been photographing birds and other wildlife for over 20 years. He’s been teaching wildlife photography for Mass Audubon for the past 18 years. He’s on the board of directors for Eastern Mass HawkWatch where he serves as their Vice President. He’s also on the advisory board for the Massachusetts Audubon Society and Mass Audubon Museum of American Bird Art. He is past board member for the Brookline Bird Club and past council member for the Nuttall Ornithological Club. Shawn co-founded Migration Productions in 1996 with Jim Grady and the two have produced all its productions. Shawn also provides almost all digital photography used in their productions. “I LOVE the natural world; if it walks, crawls, flies, swims or slithers…I’ll photograph it!”


Lecture followed by Q&A

Date: Wednesday, 25 March, 2020

Time: 7:00-8:30 PM

Prices: Adults ($10), Students ($5) Plus $2 processing charge.

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