Two Shows Now on View at DPI! ‘Social in Practice’ and ‘Migrantes & Aftermath’

We had a wonderful opening on October 16 for our two current shows (three really!). Social in Practice (details here) recently arrived from its exhibition at the Nathan Cummings Foundation and the dual show ‘Migrantes’ by Joseph Rodriguez & ‘Aftermath’ by Lili Holzer-Glier (details here) are on view here at Tisch. Check out images from the reception as well shots of the exhibition. Enjoy and congratulations to the all artists. Exhibitions are on view until November 29. Click on an image to view a slideshow.

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DPI Professor Terry Boddie on African American and Caribbean Photography


On Tuesday October 21st at 7pm, SVA presents a lecture by DPI professor Terry Boddie. From SVA:

Terry Boddie’s work as a photographer and artist explores the historical and contemporary aspects of memory, migration and globalization. Boddie talks about his recent projects and how they intersect with the history of African American and Caribbean photography. His talk is part if the i3: Images, Ideas, Inspiration lecture series, which features presentations by digital photographers, hardware and software developers and industry experts. Presented by MPS Digital Photography.

The event is free and open to the public. For details click here.

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DPI Professor Shelley Rice in Conversation at the Rubin Museum


Tonight, October 15th at 7pm, at The Rubin Museum presents a conversation between photographer Mary Ellen Mark and DPI professor Shelley Rice on “the legacy of pioneering photographer Marc Riboud.” The event is presented in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition ‘Witness at a Crossroads Photographer Marc Riboud in Asia.’ From the Rubin:

Witness at a Crossroads chronicles French photographer Marc Riboud’s journeys across Asia during the mid-1950s and 60s, a period of great cultural and political transition in the region. More than one hundred arresting black-and-white photographs offer glimpses into everyday life in Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, China, and Japan, illuminating tensions between tradition and post-war modernity.

Presented in association with the Howard Greenberg Gallery

Buy tickets and see more details here. Student standby tickets are available for $10.


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On View: Social in Practice Exhibition

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DPI Chair Deborah Willis and Photography & Imaging alumnus Hank Willis Thomas curated an exhibition entitled Social in Practice: The Art of Collaboration, which will be on view at NYU Tisch Gulf + Western Gallery & 8th floor galleries from October 16th through November 29th, 2014. The featured projects, each addressing a specific social issue, span an array of mediums and represent artists’ initiatives around the world.

Pete Brook at reviewed the show at its debut venue, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, and describes the “innovative” show as “teeming with powerful and important works.” The review goes on to give to great descriptions of all of the included projects. Link.

The exhibition showcases the work of DPI faculty Lorie Novak, Paul Owen, and Bayeté Ross-Smith, and DPI alumni Wyatt Gallery, Kristina Knipe, Richard Renaldi, Alexandra Diracles, Petrushka Bazin Larsen, and Hank Willis Thomas. Other artists and collaborations, both local and international, include Sonia Louise Davis, Russell Frederick, Lonnie Graham, Eric Gottesman, Ayasha Guerin, Jamila Mohamad Hooker, Lara Stein Pardo, Noelle Théard, Hong-An Truong, Christine Wong Yap, Be The Witness, The Laundromat Project, and Question Bridge Interactive.

Event Date and Time:
October 16, 2014 – November 29th, 2014
Gallery hours are 9am-7pm weekdays, and noon to 5pm Saturdays.

Opening Reception:
Thursday, October 16th 6-8pm

Gulf + Western Gallery (1st Floor)
8th Floor Galleries @ DPI
721 Broadway @ Waverly Place
New York, NY 10003

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On View: ‘Migrantes’ and ‘Aftermath’

Coming soon to Tisch is a dual exhibition of ‘Migrantes’ and ‘Aftermath’ by Joseph Rodriguez and Lili Holzer-Glier

Event Date and Time:

October 16, 2014 – November 22, 2014
Gallery hours are 9am-7pm weekdays, and noon to 5pm Saturdays.


8th Floor Galleries @ DPI
721 Broadway, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Facebook Event

Migrantes and Aftermath are two stories, two exhibitions about the remarkable strength of the displaced, the marginalized in America. But these two exhibitions are also a pairing, a dialogue between professor and former student. Both Migrantes and Aftermath represent the underrepresented, the nameless, and the invisible at the center of the debates surrounding the immigration fracas and disaster response. The hope of both projects is to make the Goliaths that are immigration and natural disasters, both specific and, importantly, human. In Migrantes, a project that spanned more than a decade, between 1995 and 2006, photographer Joseph Rodriguez challenges the idea of the interchangeable Mexican worker, an insidious archetype in American culture.

Migrantes is a story about people. It is about the dignity of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances who prevail no matter how pervasive political acrimony. The narratives are of the time, when, though immigration reform holds promise of a future to many, it is still going largely unattended in the present. Migrantes reveals the recent past with the hope that change can be made.

Inspired by Mr. Rodriguez, her teacher and mentor, Lili Holzer-Glier emulates that photographer’s commitment to chronicling under-reported stories of significant social import. Aftermath offers a glimpse of post-Hurricane Sandy in Queens, New York: the damaged landscape, the still-scattered debris and the scars — both emotional and physical —seared into storm victims. A full year after the storm ripped through the boroughs of New York City, many coastal neighborhoods remain witness to the storm’s ravages. In Rockaway Beach, Queens, abandoned houses are plastered with plywood, some tilting at crazy angles as they are left to rot. Sinkholes line city blocks and some streets have caved into the ocean. And still, low-lying blocks of homes flood. Dramatically.


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Ernest Cole Photographer Colloquium at NYU

Coming up at NYU this October:

Saturday, October 18, 1:00-5:00pm
Jurow Lecture Hall, Silver Center
New York University
(Enter at 100 Washington Sq. East)

1:00-3:00 pm: Curating and Writing on South African Photography

Panel discussion moderated by Deborah Willis, University Professor and chair of Photography & Imaging (TSOA), NYU; with Awam Amkpa, Associate Professor of Drama, Social and Cultural Analysis, Director, Africana Studies, NYU; C. Daniel Dawson, faculty member, Gallatin School, NYU, and IRAAS, Columbia University; Tosha Grantham, PhD candidate in Art History, University of Maryland at College Park; Tumelo Mosaka, independent curator; and Brendan Wattenberg, director of exhibitions, The Walther Collection Project Space, New York.

3:15-5:00 pm: Drum (2004)

Film screening. Directed by Zola Maseko, starring Taye Diggs, Gabriel Mann, and Tumisho Masha. Accompanied by the jazz rhythms of 1950s Johannesburg, this film focuses on the anti-apartheid movement through the lives of South African investigative reporter Henry Nxumalo and photographer Jürgen Schadeberg—both contributors, along with Ernest Cole, to Drum, a popular black lifestyle magazine. 94 min. Awarded Best South African Film at the Durban International Film Festival.

Co-sponsored by NYU’s Africa House, Institute of African American Affairs, College of Arts & Science, Department of Art History, Department of Photography & Imaging (TSOA), and Grey Art Gallery.

Offered in conjunction with the exhibition “Ernest Cole Photographer,” on view at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery, 100 Washington Square East, September 3-December 6, 2014. Exhibition information:

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Black Portraiture{s} II. May 28th-31st Florence, Italy

Black Portraitures II: Imaging the Black Body and Re-Staging Histories is the sixth in a series of highly successful conferences staged by New York University (NYU) in collaboration with Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research.  This conference will bring together artists and scholars from an assortment of disciplines and practices, including art history, fashion, performance, and fine art, in wide-ranging conversations about the historical and contemporary ways in which the black body has been imagined in the West.

The art and politics of representing blackness have generated global sites of examination and contestation. This year’s conference will strike an innovative note by including a focus on depictions of the black body within the art collections of NYU’s Villa La Pietra in Florence, Italy. These assets include a collection of sculptures and paintings representing ornamental black images that have come to be known as “Blackamoors.” These images present an opportunity to deconstruct, compare, and contextualize the myriad portrayals of the black body in western societies from multidisciplinary angles. The more recent universality of black culture and its global presence have heightened the visibility of the black body in international sports, music, fashion, and the visual arts, with implications worthy of much critique. In this context,Black Portraitures II: Imaging the Black Body and Re-Staging “Ornamental Blackness” in History, explores the impulses, ideas, and techniques undergirding the production of images of desire and self-representation, and the exchange of the gaze from the 18th century to the present day.

For more information, please visit the NYU Tisch Department of Photography & Imaging website.

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DPI Faculty Update

Lots of great stuff being produced inside and outside of Tisch by the DPI faculty. Here’s a bit of what’s been happening lately:

Mark Bussell has a piece on Mashable about portraits of Andy Warhol shot by Ken Heyman now on view in Berlin. Read it here. Mark is also featured at the Lens Blog along with DPI alum Alex Arbuckle, with an ongoing project covering the history of NYC’s Little Italy through photos then and now. Details once and twice.

Kalia Brooks has been published as part of BOMB’s Oral History Project, with a piece about trailblazing photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe. Read it here.

Matthew Baum’s piece “Center of the Confederate Line” is included in a group show at the North Carolina Museum of Art as part of the “Private Eye” exhibition. Details

Deborah Willis has written a piece featured at Time LightBox titled ‘How the Past Shapes Modern Photography’ as part of Lightbox’s curators series in which she highlights the performative aspects of new contemporary photographers with an eye towards portraiture. Read it here.

Lorie Novak’s ‘Random Interference project is in an exhibition,“Mobilizing Memory: Women Witnessing”  at DEPO in Istanbul, Turkey. Details here and download the catalog here.

Joseph Rodriguez was a part of a group exhibition “A Story To Tell” in Berlin with his gallery HARDHITTA GALLERY. Details


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DPI Alumni Update

September was another busy month for DPI alumni. Below are photos and links featuring the great recent work:

Jessica Ingram has an ongoing solo exhibition; “A Civil Rights Memorial is a collection of 30 photographs, taken by Jessica Ingram, of marked and unmarked locations that hold historical significance for the Civil Rights movement.” Showing through Monday September 8th at the National Civil Rights Museum. Details

Alice Proujansky is featured on Slate in the article “What Giving Birth Looks Like Around the World.” Details

Hank Willis Thomas has a publicly installed art project “Bench Marks,”  presented by Monique Meloche Gallery. Details

Rian Dundon has the first edition of a new book series, “Out Here, Vol. 1″ in print as well as reprints of older works. Details

Alex Arbuckle  along with DPI professor Mark Bussell have been featured on the Lens Blog documenting Little Italy then and now through the eyes of local photographer Dom Quartuccio and local residents as well . Details once and twice.

Jen Kinney has a solo exhibition at the Center for Documentary Studies is part of the twenty-first Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize, awarded by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Jen’s project “City Under One Roof” documents city of Whittier, Alaska and its mythical nature which she describes as “harsh but rewarding, distant, lawless, primal, pristine…unglorified and unique.  Details

Kieran Kesner has one of his photos featured at Time Lightbox as part of a detailed roundup on how photographers are currently covering the ebola Crisis in West Africa. Details


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Alumnus Hank Willis Thomas – Creative Time Reports

“What Is Common to All of Us?”
Redefining Black Male Identity

by Hank Willis Thomas

Creative Time Reports.

Drawing from his collaborative transmedia project “Question Bridge: Black Males,” the artist Hank Willis Thomas examines the racial context of the 2012 killing of Jordan Davis as the man who shot the 17-year-old Florida resident, Michael Dunn, is retried for murder.

Screenshot from “Question Bridge: Black Males,” a collaborative transmedia project of Chris Johnson, Hank Willis Thomas, Bayeté Ross Smith and Kamal Sinclair.

Every person has a “day of infamy” in his or her life. For the parents of Jordan Davis, that day was November 23, 2012. For the parents of Trayvon Martin, it was February 26, 2012. For the parents of Michael Brown, it was August 9, 2014. For me, it was February 2, 2000—a Tuesday. That was the day I lost Songha Thomas Willis, my cousin, roommate, best friend and, for all intents and purposes, big brother. He was shot dead in front of dozens of people during a robbery in which he did not resist. [read more]

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