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30 Year Anniversary Book Fair

MFA Photography, Video, and Related Media at the School of Visual Arts welcomes the public to its 30th Anniversary Book Fair and Scheimpflug Lecture Series, a celebration of 30 years of photographic practice and the art of book making. At this three-day event, which will feature the work of department alumni, faculty, students and friends, visitors will explore a wide variety of published works on display and for sale, and be able to attend related panel discussions. Additionally, the first annual Visual Arts Foundation / Crossed Purposes Foundation writing grant winner, Nora Khan, will give a presentation of her award-winning writing and research on the analysis of machine learning and photographic imagery, published recently in The Brooklyn Rail under the title “Seeing, Naming, Knowing.”

The book fair and Scheimpflug lectures will be the latest in a series of 2018 – 2019 events commemorating the 30th anniversary of MFA Photography, Video and Related Media at SVA. Begun in 1988 and still led by its founding chair, Charles H. Traub, the program has led the field in the expansion of the lens and screen arts and its intellectual, critical, and practical support of new technologies.

The full schedule is below. All events are free and open to the public.

-Process, Publishing and the Photographer’s Practice

Thursday, April 11, 6:30 – 9:00pm

214 East 21st Street, ground floor

MFA Photography, Video and Related Media alumnus and faculty member Jeremy Haik (2012) moderates a discussion about beloved faculty member Marvin Heiferman’s latest book and project, Seeing Science, featuring Heiferman, alumnus and artist Sarah Palmer (2008) and Magali Duzant of Conveyor Arts. Refreshments will be provided and visitors are invited to browse the book fair following the discussion.

-Open Viewing Hours and Alternative Walls and Pages

Friday, April 12, 1:00 – 6:00pm

214 East 21st Street, ground floor

View the fair’s collection of works by lens-based book makers and attend a panel discussion, beginning at 1:30PM. Featuring artist and SVA faculty member Marc Joseph Berg and Peter Cohen and Cay-Sophie Rabinowitz of OSMOS Magazine, the talk will focus on Cohen's recent collaboration for OSMOS, as well the unique ways each contribute to published photography.

-Open Viewing Hours and VAF/Crossed Purposes Writing Grant Winner Nora Khan

Saturday, April 13, 1:00 – 6:00pm

214 East 21st Street, ground floor

A presentation by the first annual VAF/Crossed Purposes Writing Grant winner, writer Nora Khan, on machine learning and the interpretation of photographic imagery. The VAF/Crossed Purposes Grant, introduced last year, supports the creation of critical writing that encourages new perspectives on photography and its extended practice. Following Khan’s talk, which begins at 1:00pm, visitors are invited to view the fair’s collection of works by lens-based book makers.


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Charles H. Traub is the founder and chair of the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media program at the School of Visual Arts, and President of the Aaron Siskind Foundation for the support of creative photography. Traub is a former chair of the photography department at Columbia College Chicago, where he organized the Chicago Center for Contemporary Photography, the predecessor to the Museum of Contemporary Photography.

Jeremy Haik received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2012 and his BA degrees, in studio art and English literature, from the University of Maryland. His work has been exhibited at White Box Gallery, Visual Arts Gallery NY, Transformer Gallery, Civilian Art Projects and Conveyor Arts, among others. He currently writes for Conveyor magazine and is an adjunct professor of photography and video at Pennsylvania College of Art and Design and Ramapo College.

Marvin Heiferman organized over 100 curatorial projects about photography and visual culture for institutions that include the Museum of Modern Art, Smithsonian Institution, International Center of Photography, P. S. 1 Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Author of fifteen books, Heiferman regularly contribtues essays and articles to museum catalogs, artist monographs, magazines, and blogs, including The New York Times, Art in America, Design Observer, Gagosian Quarterly, and Aperture.

Magali Duzant is an artist based in NY. Her work spans photography, installation, and text. In her collaborative and participatory approach to artist books, she couples research-based practices with a poetic knack for capturing our intimate, yet shared, experiences. Recent exhibitions include the 2018 Mardin Biennial in Turkey, Melbourne's Centre for Contemporary Photography, the Queens Museum, Little Berlin, and RedLine Center for Contemporary Art in Denver, amongst others. She is a recipient of a 2018 New Work Grant from QCA/DCLA and has published three artist books, I Looked & Looked, Light Blue Desire : A Manual for the Color Blue, and the soon to be released, The Moon & Stars Can Be Yours.

Sarah Palmer was born in San Francisco and lives in Brooklyn. She received her BA from Vassar College in English and Italian, and her MFA at SVA, in Photography, Video and Related Media. She was awarded the 2011 Aperture Portfolio Prize and has had solo exhibitions at Wild Project in 2010, and at Aperture in fall 2012, both in New York.

Marc Joseph Berg is a visual artist, teacher and art book editor. His artwork includes drawings, objects, paintings, photographs and videos; he is currently at work on a sound-based project. Two monographs of his photographs, New and Used (2006) and American Pitbull (2003) have been published by Steidl, and his work has been featured in select exhibitions in the United States, Canada and Europe. He holds an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.

Peter J. Cohen is a New York-based collector of snapshots and vernacular photographs. From a modest start at a local flea market over two decades ago, Cohen’s stunning collection has since swelled to more than 60,000 photographs organized into 130 categories. Today Cohen continues acquiring discarded or disowned photographic material from dealers and eBay. The archive spans much of the twentieth century and encompasses many different processes and formats, including gelatin silver prints, cyanotypes, hand-tinted photos, chromogenic color prints, Polaroids, real photo postcards, and complete photo albums.

Cay-Sophie Rabinowitz is founder editor and publisher of OSMOS, an independent editorial and curatorial project located in the East Village. Rabinowitz has been on the fine art faculty of Columbia University and Parsons, was formerly Senior Editor of Parkett and Artistic Director of Art Basel. She has published numerous monographs and critical essays in exhibition catalogues, anthologies and periodicals. In 2011 Rabinowitz launched OSMOS Magazine to be an art magazine “about the use and abuse of photography” wherein established artists and histories are featured alongside the next generation. A recognized art world insider, Cay Sophie Rabinowitz, is known for her highly professional yet deeply personal approach.

Nora Khan is a writer specializing in criticism on emerging issues within digital visual culture, experimental art and music practices, and philosophy of emerging technology. She is a professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she teaches graduate students critical theory and artistic research, critical writing for artists and designers, and the history of digital media. She is a longtime editor at Rhizome and an editor of Prototype, the book of Google’s Artist and Machine Intelligence Group, due out later this year.

Her writing has been supported by many awards over the last decade, including, most recently, the Visual Arts Foundation/Crossed Purposes Writing Grant (2018), an Eyebeam Research Residency (2017) and a Thoma Foundation Arts Writing Award (2016). She consistently publishes criticism in places like 4Columns, Art in America, Flash Art, Mousse, California Sunday, Spike Art, The Village Voice and Rhizome. Last year, she wrote a small book with Steven Warwick, Fear Indexing the X-Files, published by Primary Information.

Crossed Purposes Foundation, Inc., is a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to educational and cultural service in the visual arts. Its broad goal is to expand public dialogue about issues in the history and criticism of photography and the role of socially and politically engaged art in the world at large.

The Brooklyn Rail*, an independent forum for arts, culture and politics throughout New York City and far beyond, was founded in October 2000 and is currently published 10 times annually. The Brooklyn Rail, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, distributes its journal free of charge around New York City and ships to a growing list of national and international subscribers.

Visual Arts Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the arts as both individual vocation and social force. The foundation supports emerging artists and broadens audiences for their work, fosters a climate that values and seeks understanding of the arts and increases visual literacy and appreciation for “the artist’s life.”

Sponsored by ADORAMA Ogranized by Liz Zito cover image courtesy of Marvin Heiferman's Seeing Science

List of Participants

Thomas Holton, Erin Gleeson, Sara Macel, Amy Stein, Rachel Papo, Faith Holland, Shen Wei, Amani Willett, Madeline Djerejian, Hannah Smith Allen, Arturo Soto, Cat Del Buono, JoeongMee Yoon, Fana Feng, Gustavo Murillo Fernandez-Valdes, Brandon Holmes, Maureen Drennan, Phil Buehler, Nick Shepard, Gerald Cyrus, Jenny Riffle, Stephan Jahanshahi, Oh Soonhwa, Magarida Correia, Susannah Ray, Reiner Leist, Julianne Nash, Ok Hyun Ahn, Sarah Schorr, Jaime Permuth, Elizabeth Zito, Kimo Kim, Sara Macel, Reet Das, Oliver Wasow, Roger Generazzo, Grahame Weinbren/Millennium Film Journal, Nick Shepard, Nancy Davenport, Elinor Carucci, Sara Wight, Jenny Riffle, Emmanuel Iduma, Sarah Palmer, Anja Conrad, Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, Brian Palmer, Rebecca Krasnik, Anthony Beale/Photograph Magazine, Steel Stillman, Mariana Gruener, Dana Stirling, Margot Herster, Daniel Traub, Marvin Heiferman, Lucas Blalock, Randy West

And more to come....

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Earlier Event: March 22
2019 Spring Salon