February 21, 2017

‘Pittsburgh freak’ holds photography show on 85th birthday

‘Pittsburgh freak’ holds photography show on 85th birthday
Gracey Evans, The Globe, February 21, 2017

February 18, 2017

Photographers wildy varying, award-winning work on display at Pittsburgh Filmmakers Galleries in Oakland

February 18, 2017
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Duane Michals’ Talking Pictures

Join us for an evening with Duane Michals for an artist talk and a screening of the artist’s new body of work, Talking Pictures.
 

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Location

GRW Theater, University Center, Point Park University
414 Wood Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222


Talking Pictures

Talking Pictures is a new body of work consisting of a dozen film shorts created by Michals who wrote, directed, and at times acted in them. Michals created this new body of work in the same pioneering spirit that fuels his ongoing discovery of distinctly new ways of considering the medium of photography. Themes central to his investigations are addressed in each film, which consistently maintain his ever-evolving study of the essential aspects of being human.

Steeped in cinematic history, Michals draws inspiration from a sophisticated range of sources – early stars of the silver screen such as Charlie Chaplin as well as esoteric French illusionists like Georges Méliès. Parallels can be seen between Michals’ movies and those of experimental, underground filmmakers like Kenneth Anger, whose work, as does Michals’, openly addresses the subject of homosexuality. Michals’ films revisit, reexamine, and reinterpret topics that have preoccupied the artist throughout his career, specifically issues of identity, love, and loss.

About Duane Michals

Duane Michals (b. 1932, McKeesport, PA) is one of the great photographic innovators of the last century, widely known for his work with series, multiple exposures, and text. Michals first made significant, creative strides in the field of photography during the 1960s. In an era heavily influenced by photojournalism, he manipulated the medium to communicate narratives. The sequences, for which he is widely known, appropriate cinema’s frame-by-frame format. Michals has also incorporated text as a key component in his works. Rather than serving a didactic or explanatory function, his handwritten text adds another dimension to the images’ meaning and gives voice to Michals’ singular musings, which are poetic, tragic, and humorous, often all at once.

Over the past five decades, Michals’ work has been exhibited in the United States and abroad. The Museum of Modern Art (New York City) hosted Michals’ first solo exhibition in 1970. More recently, he has had one-person shows at the Odakyu Museum (Tokyo, 1999) and at the International Center of Photography (New York City, 2005). In 2008, Michals celebrated his 50th anniversary as a photographer with a retrospective exhibition at the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography (Greece) and the Scavi Scaligeri (Verona, Italy). Michals has been honored with a CAPS Grant (1975), a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1976), the International Center of Photography Infinity Award for Art (1989), the Foto España International Award (2001), and an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, Mass. (2005).

Michals’ work belongs to numerous permanent collections both nationally and internationally, including the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Moderna Museet, Stockholm; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Michals’ archive is housed at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh.

Monographs of Michals’ work include Homage to Cavafy (1978); Nature of Desire (1989); Duane Michals: Now Becoming Then (1990); Salute, Walt Whitman (1996); The Essential Duane Michals (1997); Questions Without Answers (2001); The House I Once Called Home (2003) and Foto Follies / How Photography Lost Its Virginity on the Way to the Bank (2006). Forthcoming publications include 50 (Admira Photography, June 2008); a collection of Michals’ writing (Delpire Editeur, Fall 2008); and his Japanese-inspired, color photographs (Steidl, Fall 2008).

Michals received a BA from the University of Denver in 1953 and worked as a graphic designer until his involvement with photography deepened in the late 1950s. He currently lives and works in New York City.


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February 3, 2017
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Fellowship 17: Artists Talk + Opening Reception

Artists Talk: 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Reception 8:00 – 9:00 pm

Location: Pittsburgh Filmmakers Melwood Gallery, 477 Melwood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Join us in celebrating the opening of Fellowship 17, featuring the winning portfolios of Kris Sanford and Francis Crisafio. Both artists will give a talk about their winning portfolios from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. A reception follows until 9:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Fellowship 17 features solo exhibitions from this year’s award winners chosen from an open call for entries held in mid-2016. This year’s juror was Rebecca Senf, Chief Curator, Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ, Norton Family Curator of Photography, Phoenix Museum of Art.

February 3, 2017
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Fellowship 17: Kris Sanford & Francis Crisafio

Fellowship 17 features solo exhibitions by our International and Keystone Award winners, selected from an open call for entries held in mid-2016.

Location: Pittsburgh Filmmakers Melwood Gallery, 477 Melwood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Gallery Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am – 6:00pm
Sat-Sun: Closed
The Galleries are also open when films are shown in the Melwood Screening Room

International Award winner Kris Sanford (Mount Pleasant, MI) showcases her series Through the Lens of Desire, which creates implied narratives using snapshots from the 1920s – 1950s. The series brings a contemporary rereading to old photographs to address sensuality and relationships in a subtle way. Sanford, who grew up queer, searched for a family history that spoke to her but did not find any couples that mirrored her own intimate relationships. Instead, she uses vernacular photographs originally created as private keepsakes, which allow modern viewers to see moments that were never intended to be public. By purposefully selecting images that picture men together and women together, Sanford creates an imaginary queer past. Drawn to the subtle points of contact and the spaces between the figures pictured, Sanford creates works of fiction from each gesture or distracted glance whose stories reflect her own desires and experiences.

Keystone Award winner Francis Crisafio (Pittsburgh, PA) showcases his series HOLDUP in the HOOD, which documents a collaborative, after-school arts curriculum based on self-portraiture, which offers young people a chance to learn to look at and assert a vision of themselves. Taking place in the Manchester neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Crisafio photographs each student, and then instructs him or her on how to draw themselves from their photo. In a world where self-perception is continually evolving, many students bring an altered perception of what they think they look like: what they may have heard or been told, and what they may imagine themselves becoming or not. Throughout the process, Crisafio challenges the students and questions their perception of particular features or expressions—wrestling with what the world says they look like and what they see and feel in themselves.

This year’s juror was Rebecca Senf, Chief Curator, Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ, Norton Family Curator of Photography, Phoenix Museum of Art.

February 2, 2017

Hot List of events for the first weekend in February

Hot List of events for the first weekend in February
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 2, 2017

February 1, 2017

Pittsburgh City Paper Short List: February 1 – 9

Short List: February 1- 9
Bill O’Driscoll, Pittsburgh City Paper, February 1, 2017

January 30, 2017

Silver Eye exhibit showcases Fellowship 17 award winners

Silver Eye exhibit showcases Fellowship 17 award winners
Jennifer Baron, NEXT Pittsburgh, January 30, 2017

January 29, 2017

2Do this week, Jan. 29-Feb. 4: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

2Do this week, Jan. 29-Feb. 4: Cultural events around Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette staff, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 29, 2017

January 25, 2017

11 Pittsburgh events not to miss in February

11 Pittsburgh events not to miss in February
Jennifer Baron, NEXT Pittsburgh, January 25, 2017