A curatorial discussion of recent exhibitions which present work by photographic artists which free the medium of its traditional documentary impulse, instead creating images which push our understanding of what a photograph could and should become via gestures of abstraction, deconstruction, and manipulation by the artists’ hand.
Presenters: Ariel Shanberg Akemi Hiatt Michael Foley Lesley Martin
Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 3
CPW curators and Michael Foley discuss their two recent exhibitions, “Surface Tension” and “PENETRATION”, which present work by photographic artists which free the medium of its traditional documentary impulse, instead creating images which push our understanding of what a photograph could and should become via gestures of abstraction, deconstruction, and manipulation by the artists’ hand.
Ariel Shanberg is executive director of Center of Photography at Woodstock, having originally joined the 501c organisation in 1999. He has curated many exhibitions at CPW, as well as at other venues including Light Factory, and the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center. Shanberg served as a panelist for the New York Photo Festival Awards, the National Endowment for the Arts and Media Alliance’s Media Action Grant, amongst others, and a reviewer at regional & national SPE conferences, FotoFest, Portfolio Review Russia, and Rhubarb Rhubarb. He has contributed essays for various publications, including Aspect: The Chronicle for New Media Art, Contact Sheet, European Photography, and Exposure.
Program Associate, Center for Photography at Woodstock
Founded in 1977, the Center for Photography at Woodstock is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 artist-centered organization dedicated to supporting artists working in photography and related media and engaging audiences through opportunities in which creation, discovery, and learning are made possible.
Located in Woodstock, NY, CPW serves as a bridge connecting artists working in photography and related media to year-round programs that include exhibitions, workshops, lectures, artist workspace residencies, regional grants, and more. CPW provides access to professional resources including traditional and digital workspace, a library of over 1,500 monographs, exhibition catalogs, and publications, public lectures, community, and more. CPW’s print collection, which is held on extended loan at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz features over 1,800 works including photography, artist books, photo-based sculptures, and more. In 2009 CPW received the Spotlight Award from the Lucie Foundation for “significantly altering the landscape of photography”.