Category Archives: PHOTOGRAPHY


Wondrous stuff crops up in her imagery, stuffing itself into her sight. — Gordon Parks on Ming Smith

Join CAAM and Aperture for a conversation with Ming Smith on the occasion of the imminent publication of her book, Ming Smith: An Aperture Monograph. The artist will be joined by the book’s editor Brendan Embser, and contributors Yxta Murray and Namwali Serpell.

Smith’s monograph is copublished by Aperture and Documentary Arts. Signed copies are available for purchase at Eso Won Books. See link below to r.s.v.p. to the online discussion.


California African American Museum

Thursday, November 12.

5 pm on the West Coast; 8 pm East Coast.

Ming Smith, from top: Self Portrait (Total), 1986, courtesy Pippy Houldsworth Gallery; America Seen Through Stars and Stripes, New York City, New York Painted, 1976, courtesy Pippy Houldsworth Gallery; God, Mary, JesusPittsburgh, 1991, from the series August Moon for August Wilson; Desire, 1988, from the Transcendence Series, courtesy Jenkins Johnson Gallery; Ming Smith: An Aperture Monograph (2020) spread and cover images courtesy and © the artist and Aperture (2); Me as Marilyn, 1991; Beauty, Coney Island, 1976, courtesy Pippy Houldsworth Gallery; Sun Ra Space II, New York City, 1978, courtesy Jenkins Johnson Gallery; Oopdeedoo, Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY, circa 1972, courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery. Images © Ming Smith, courtesy of the artist.


Coincident with the exhibition of his works in the Hammer Museum’s Made in L.A. 2020 biennial, Reynaldo Rivera will join Chris Kraus—who wrote a contributing essay for the forthcoming monograph Reynaldo Rivera: Provisional Notes for a Disappeared City—in conversation as part of ArtCenter’s online Graduate Art Seminar series.

For r.s.v.p. information, see link below.


ArtCenter Graduate Art Seminar

Tuesday, November 10.

7:30 pm on the West Coast; 10:30 am East Coast.

Reynaldo Rivera, from top: Performers la Plaza,1992; Made in L.A. 2020: a version, Hammer Museum, installation views (2), photographs by Joshua White /; Reynaldo Rivera: Provisional Notes of a Disappeared City cover image courtesy and © the artist and Semiotext(e); Chris Kraus; backstage at La Plaza; Gaby, La Plaza, 1994. Images © Reynaldo Rivera, courtesy of the artist and Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York and Los Angeles.


This month, Nicole R. Fleetwood—curator of Marking Time—Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration at MoMA PS1—and Jackie Wang will discuss “carceral aesthetics, the legacy of revolutionary prison arts programs, and the ways that penal space, time, and matter shape the production of prison art. What kinds of worlds and images of freedom have been imagined by prisoners and those with loved ones in prison? What forms of care are embodied by social practices rooted in art-making?”*

See link below for details.


Artists Space Dialogues—Carceral Aesthetics and the Politics of Love

Tuesday, November 10.

5 pm on the West Coast; 8 pm East Coast.

Marking Time—Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration, MoMA PS1, through April 4, 2021, from top: Tameca ColeLocked in a Dark Calm, 2016, collage and graphite on paper, image courtesy and © Tameca Cole / Die Jim Crow; collection Ellen Driscoll; Mark Loughney, Pyrrhic Defeat: A Visual Study of Mass Incarceration (detail), 2014–present, graphite on paper, image © Mark Loughney, courtesy of the artist; Sable Elyse SmithPivot II, 2019, stainless steel with 2k painted finish, image © Sable Elyse Smith, courtesy of the artist, JTT, New York, and Carlos / Ishikawa, London; Ronnie Goodman, San Quentin Arts in Corrections Art Studio, 2008, acrylic on canvas, image © the artist’s estate.


Chance does have a major role to play. Using a live person—myself especially—allows for chance… Because each picture in a roll of film can be completely different, that’s the element of chance that works for me. This is why whenever I’ve tried to do more still life-type shots—with mannequins and dolls—it’s so much harder as I have to decide what it is I’m looking for while I’m setting it up. — Cindy Sherman*

A new body of work by Sherman comprising ten photographs—”androgynous characters… dressed primarily in men’s designer clothing”—is on view at Metro Pictures through the rest of the week, in person or via its online viewing room.


Through October 31, by appointment.

Metro Pictures

519 West 24th Street, New York City.

*“A Conversation with Cindy Sherman by Hans Ulrich Obrist,” Paradis 6 (2012): 92.

Cindy Sherman, Metro Pictures, September 26, 2020–October 31, 2020, from top: Untitled #603, 2019, dye sublimation print; Untitled #610, 2019, dye sublimation print; Untitled #612, 2019, dye sublimation print; Untitled #615, 2019, dye sublimation print; Untitled #609, 2019, dye sublimation print; Untitled #611, 2019, dye sublimation print. Images © Cindy Sherman, courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures.


Those were halcyon times, our salad days indeed…raising our “consciousnesses” and creating a lifelong family of friends. — Fakroon (below), friend and photographic subject of Sunil Gupta

On the occasion of FROM HERE TO ETERNITYSunil Gupta’s first comprehensive retrospective exhibition in Great Britain—the artist and photographer will join curator Mason Leaver-Yap for an online conversation.

See links below for details.


Wednesday, October 28

10:30 am on the West Coast; 1:30 pm East Coast; 6:30 pm London; 7:30 pm Paris..


Through January 24.

The Photographers’ Gallery

16-18 Ramillies Street, Soho, London.

Exhibition catalog published by Autograph. Click here for an artist’s video tour of the show.

Sunil Gupta, From Here to Eternity, The Photographers’ Gallery, October 9, 2020–January 24, 2021, from top: Sunil with NY Review of Books, circa 1975; Shalini, Rudi, Sunil, Léo, 3425 Stanley, circa 1974; India Gate, 1987, from the series Exiles; Untitled #9, from the series Sun City; Fakroon, circa 1974; Untitled #50, from the series Christopher Street, 1976/2020; Shroud, 1999, from the series From Here to Eternity; Sunil Gupta, Queer (2011) exhibition catalog courtesy and © the artist, Vadehra Art Gallery, and Prestel; Sunil Gupta, Lovers: Ten Years On (2020) exhibition catalog cover image courtesy and © the artist and Stanley / Barker, design by The Entente; Sunil Gupta, From Here to Eternity (2020) exhibition catalog cover courtesy and © the artist and Autograph, graphic design Fraser Muggeridge Studio; Untitled #13, 2008, from the series The New Pre-Raphaelites; Untitled #22, from the series Christopher Street, 1976; Untitled #7, 2008, from the series The New Pre-Raphaelites; Jama Masjid, 1987, from the series Exiles. Images © Sunil Gupta, courtesy of the artist, Hales Gallery, Stephen Bulger Gallery, and Vadehra Art Gallery, © DACS 2020.