Department Chair, fine artist
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.
A former Director of the Light Gallery in New York, he co-founded here is new york: a democracy of photographs, which received the Municipal Arts Society Brendan Gill Prize, the International Center of Photography Cornell Capa Infinity Award, and a Distinguished Service Award from the Children’s Aid Society of New York. His latest book, Dolce Via: Italy in the 1980s is now in its second edition, published by Damiani. His forthcoming book, Vision Anew: The Lens and Screen Arts is co-edited with colleague Adam Bell.
Chair, BFA Fine Arts; fine artist, critic
Suzanne Anker is a visual artist and theorist who has been the chair of the BFA Fine Arts department since 2005. Working at the intersection of art and the biological sciences, she has shown both nationally and internationally in museums and galleries including the Walker Art Center, the Smithsonian Institute, the Phillips Collection, P.S.1 Museum, the JP Getty Museum, the Medizinhistorisches Museum der Charite in Berlin, the Center for Cultural Inquiry in Berlin, the Pera Museum in Istanbul, the Museum of Modern Art in Japan, and the International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Her work has also been featured in publications such as Artforum, Art in America, ARTnews, Flash Art, The New York Times, and Art Journal.
She has been a speaker at Harvard University, the Royal Society in London, Cambridge University, Yale University, the London School of Economics, the Max-Planck Institute, University of Leiden, the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum in Berlin, the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, Banff Art Center, and many others.
Her books include The Molecular Gaze: Art in the Genetic Age, co-authored with the late sociologist Dorothy Nelkin, published in 2004 by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, and Visual Culture and Bioscience, co-published by University of Maryland and the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.
Shimon Attie is an internationally renowned visual artist, whose work spans photography, video, site-specific installations, public projects, and new media. Attie's work has been exhibited and collected by numerous museums around the world, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Centre Pompidou, and the Miami Art Museum, among many others. In addition, he has received numerous visual artist fellowships and awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Rome Prize, and a Visual Artist Fellowship from Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute. Several monographs have been published on Attie's work, which has also been the subject of a number of films, which have aired on PBS, BBC, and ARD. Most recently, Attie was awarded the Lee Krasner Lifetime Achievement Award in Art.
Jan Avgikos is a New York-based art critic, historian and curator. She is a Contributing Editor with Artforum International magazine, and is widely published. Her writings appear internationally in magazines, museum catalogues, and anthologies of critical writing. Recent and forthcoming texts include a monograph on Katy Grannan (Aperture Books), and an essay on Roni Horn for Dia’s ongoing series of collected lectures from the Robert Lehman series. She is a recipient of the Frank Jewett Mather Award, given by the College Art Association for distinction in arts criticism, and was a Mellon Fellow in graduate studies in art history at Columbia University. Ms. Avgikos is also an adjunct member of the faculty for the graduate visual arts program at Columbia University, and the graduate visual arts program at NYU.
Kiki Bauer is a Graphic Designer living and working in New York City. She has designed and art directed over 60 books. She won an Art Director's Club merit award, and has had books recognized by Photo District News, photo-eye, The Village Voice and the Golden Light Awards.
Department Academic Advisor, photographer
Adam Bell is a photographer and writer who received his MFA in Photography and Related Media in 2004. His work has been widely exhibited, and his writing and reviews have appeared in numerous publications including Afterimage, The Art Book Review, Brooklyn Rail, fototazo, Foam Magazine, Lay Flat, photo-eye, and Paper-Journal. He has co-edited books including The Education of a Photographer and the forthcoming Vision Anew: The Lens and Screen Arts.
Fine Artist, designer
Robert Bowen is a New York-based artist, filmmaker, photographer, and writer with a pioneering technical background in computer graphics. His current work, Recovering Lost Architectural and Cinematic Volumes of Lower Manhattan (1851-2014), explores the changing physical volume of Lower Manhattan through time, and The Long Island House is an experimental film shot at a perceptual research station designed by Arakawa + Gins.
His work has been published in Inflections, paisea, Cabinet magazine, Art of the Digital Age, and shown at UCLA, as well as at Spectrum and the Maysles Cinema in New York.
In 2013, he cofounded the Elvis Zapp Urban Film Festival (EZUFF), an experimental film festival bridging experimental architecture, experimental film and experimental music. His latest lecture, addressing the invention of the photographic moving image and the depth image, was recently presented at New York’s Penumbra Foundation.
Filmmaker, writer, video artist
Ed Bowes is a writer, director and cinematographer, who has been making his own movies for over three decades. His first movie Romance was the first full-feature-length narrative shot in black & white video. Subsequent movies have included Better, Stronger and Spitting Glass. Bowes worked overseas after the Berlin Wall came down for the Soros Foundation’s Open Society Fund and Interviews, consulting and training at independent television stations in Bosnia, Khazakstan, Russia, Armenia, Croatia, and Macedonia.
Bowes has received awards from the NEA, NYSCA, the Rockefeller Foundation, and was awarded a 2010 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. He lives in New York City and spends summers in Boulder, Colorado working on his movie projects.
Fine Artist, writer, curator, editor, publisher
Phong Bui is an artist, writer, and independent curator. He is formerly the curatorial advisor at MoMA PS1, 2007-2010. He is also the Co-Founder, Publisher/Editor-in-chief of the monthly journal The Brooklyn Rail and the publishing press Rail Editions, as well as the Host/Producer of Off the Rail on Art International Radio, a board member of The Third Rail in Minneapolis, The Miami Rail, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, and the International Association of Art Critics United States Section.
He was the honoree of the Nurture Art Award (2009), the CUE Foundation (2012), and Art in General (2014). Recent projects include “Bloodflames Revisited” at Paul Kasmin Gallery, and “Migration to the Interior” at Red Bull Studios (2014).
Chris Callis is a New York-based photographer, who has been commissioned by clients such as Hewlett-Packard, IBM, BMW, Smirnoff, Honda, Kodak, and Polaroid.
He received his BS from Art Center College of Art and Design, and went on to have his early work shown in publications such as National Lampoon, Viva, The New York Times, GEO, and Atlantic Records. Recently, his work has been published in Vogue, Glamour, and Esquire.
For the last 10 years, Chris has volunteered his time for The Doe Fund, a non-profit organization benefiting the homeless, and has produced a library of photographs that the organization uses extensively.
Fine Artist, photographer
Born 1971 in Jerusalem, Israel, Elinor Carucci graduated in 1995 from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design with a degree in photography, and moved to New York that same year. Represented by Edwynn Houk Gallery, her work has been included in solo shows at Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York; Fifty One Fine Art Gallery, Antwerp; James Hyman Gallery, London; Gagosian Gallery, London, and in group shows at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; and The Photographers' Gallery, London.
Her photographs have been acquired by, among others, the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Brooklyn Museum; and the Houston Museum of Fine Art. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Details, New York Magazine, W, Aperture, and ARTnews.
She was awarded the 2001 ICP Infinity Award, a 2002 Guggenheim Photography Fellowship, and a 2010 NYFA Photography Fellowship. Carucci has published three monographs to date: Closer (Chronicle Books 2002), Diary of a Dancer (SteidlMack 2005), and MOTHER (Prestel 2013).
Ann’s career began more than twenty-five years ago when she edited Gini Reticker’s independent documentary, The Heart of the Matter, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Freedom of Expression Award. Her credits include the feature documentaries Belly Talkers, The Charcoal People, and Sound and Fury, all of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival before receiving theatrical and television distribution. Sound and Fury was nominated for an Academy Award.
Her television credits include Frontline: Merchants of Cool (PBS), Martha Stewart’s Home for the Holidays (CBS), and True Life: I’m on the Runway (MTV). She has edited and story-consulted on web content work for Etsy and Johns Hopkins University. She has also worked extensively as a story consultant and consulting editor on numerous independent documentaries.
She began her career as an assistant editor for Bill Moyers, George Butler, Ken Burns, and Maysles Films. She graduated cum laude from New York University where she received a BFA in film and television. She has guest lectured at NYU’s film school and school of journalism. She has also served on the selection committee and jury of the Newport Film Festival.
Liz Deschenes is a contemporary visual artist whose work explores the materials and properties of photography, light, and perception, often in relation to the architectural environments within which they are displayed. Her work is in the collections of the Centre Pompidou, France; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, as well as The Art Institute of Chicago; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art; and the Corcoran Museum of Art and Hirschorn Museum and Sculpture Center in Washington, D.C.
She has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad, including solo shows at Campoli Presti in Paris and London (2013); Secession, Vienna (2012); Sutton Lane, Brussels (2010); and Miguel Abreu Gallery in New York (2009). Deschenes' work has been included numerous group exhibitions including "What is a Photograph?” curated by Carol Squiers at the International Center of Photography in New York (2014), "Cross Over: Photography of Science + Science of Photography" at Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2013), and the 2012 Whitney Biennial. Her first monograph was published in 2012 in conjunction with her exhibition at Secession, Vienna.
Simin Farkhondeh is an award-winning filmmaker, artist, educator, and activist. She is co-director and founder of the Gulf Crisis TV Project, an anti-war Deep Dish TV series that aired on PBS and England’s Channel 4, and was screened at the Whitney Biennial and the American Museum of Natural History’s Margaret Mead Film Festival.
From 1995 to 2003 she directed and produced the acclaimed monthly TV show Labor at the Crossroads (LABOR X), about work issues, which aired on cable in New York and other cities across the US. She has produced and directed several short dramatic films about the plight of workers and Middle Eastern detainees, which have screened at the Museum of Modern Art. Simin is a former member of the Paper Tiger Television Collective and collaborated on numerous productions with PTTV and Deep Dish TV.
Simin also co-directed Caught Between Two Worlds, a documentary look at the Iranian Diaspora community of the US. She is a recipient of the Rockefeller Fellowship Award for Who Gives Kisses Freely From Her Lips, a film about temporary marriage in Iran, inspired by Cuban Imperfect Cinema.
She is an educator of Film and Video Arts and Communications Theory, has taught at Hampshire College, New York University and Fordham, and continues to work on film projects while having taken on the exciting work of creating the Education Department at Democracy Now! Productions. She continues to lecture at conferences and venues such as MIT and the New School on topics such as Iranian Cinema, Media Literacy, and Media Arts.
Curator and writer Marvin Heiferman organizes projects about photography and visual culture for institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, Smithsonian Institution, International Center of Photography, Whitney Museum of American Art, New Museum, and the Carnegie Museum of Art.
A contributing editor to Art in America, Heiferman has written for numerous publications, monographs, magazines and blogs, including The New York Times, Gagosian Gallery, CNN, Artforum, Design Observer, and Aperture magazine. His most recent book is Photography Changes Everything (Aperture, 2012), and new entries to his online project WHY WE LOOK are posted daily.
Department Systems Administrator, fine artist
Seth Lambert is a visual artist living and working in New York. He earned his MFA in Photography, Video, and Related Media from The School of Visual Arts in 2007. He has shown work at Residue Gallery, Jersey City, New Jersey; Aperture Gallery, New York; and West Side Gallery, New York.
Coordinator of Curriculum and Special Projects, fine artist
Michelle Leftheris is a visual artist living and working in New York. She received her MFA, with honors, from Rhode Island School of Design. She has exhibited work nationally and internationally at museums and galleries including Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow; NurtureArt, Brooklyn, NY; Cindy Rucker, New York, NY; Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island; Semantics Gallery, Cincinnati; Wassaic Project, New York;Esther M. Klein Art Gallery, Philadelphia; and Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence.
Richard Leslie has been a faculty member in the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media program at SVA since 1995, teaching seminars in photo and cultural history, theory and criticism and global issues. He worked as Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History and Criticism at the State University of New York-Stony Brook from 1990-2012, and has also taught at Rutgers University, City College (CUNY) in Harlem, was a visiting critic and historian at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, and served as Director of the Art History program at Wichita State University. He holds a BA in Philosophy, a Master's in Art Theory & Criticism, and a Ph.D. in Contemporary Art History from the CUNY Graduate Center.
He has published dozens of reviews and articles, and has authored books Picasso, a Modern Master; Surrealism, the Dream of Revolution; and Pop Art, a New Generation of Style, which have been translated into Russian and Italian. He served as Managing Editor, and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Art Criticism; as Foreign Correspondent then Contributing Editor for Art Nexus magazine; and is the recipient of several awards, including those from the National Endowment for the Arts, North Carolina Arts Council, Samuel H. Kress Foundation, and the John Rewald Fellowship. He has curated several exhibitions on art and technology, helped produce international ArtSci conferences and served on the Board of Directors for Art and Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI) since the early 1990s.
Liz Magic Laser
Video Artist, performance artist
Liz Magic Laser is a performance and video artist living and working in New York. She earned a BA from Wesleyan University and an MFA from Columbia University. Most recently, her work was the subject of solo exhibitions at Paula Cooper Gallery, New York; the Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany; DiverseWorks, Houston, Texas; and Mälmo Konsthall, Mälmo, Sweden. Her work has also been exhibited at Lisson Gallery, London; the Moscow Museum of Modern Art; Various Small Fires, Los Angeles; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; the Performa 11 Biennial, New York; The Pace Gallery, New York; the Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia; and MoMA PS 1, New York.
Laser is the recipient of grants from the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation, the Times Square Alliance, and the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art. She has also received the Southern Exposure Off-Site Graue Award and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. She was the 2013 Armory Show Commissioned Artist and has been in residency at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Space Program, New York; Forever & Today, Inc.'s Studio On The Street artist-in-residence program, New York; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn; and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York.
Paola Mieli, PhD is a psychoanalyst in New York City. She received her PhD in Psychoanalysis and Psychopathology Research from the University of Paris Diderot-Paris VII, Paris, and her Doctorate in Philosophy from the Università degli Studi, Milan.
She is the founder and president of the Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association (New York), a member at Le Cercle Freudien (Paris) and Insistance (Paris), and an honorary member of The European Federation of Psychoanalysis (Strasbourg).
A Correspondent Editor of the Psychoanalytic Journal Che Vuoi? (Paris) and a Contributing Editor of the Journal Insistance: Art, psychanalyse et politique (Paris), she is Associate Researcher at the Centre de Recherches en Psychanalyse, Medicine et Société at the University of Paris VII. The author of numerous articles on psychoanalysis and on culture published in Europe and America, her books include: A Silver Martian-Normality and Segregation in Primo Levi's Sleeping Beauty in the Fridge, CPL Editions, New York 2014, Sobre as manipulaçaões irreversívels do corpo (Contra Capa Publisher, Rio de Janeiro 2002), and Being Human: The Technological Extensions of the Body (Co-Editor, Marsilio Publishers, New York, 1999). She is the Publisher and Director of Sea Horse Imprint (New York).
Andrew Moore is best known for his large format photographs of Cuba, Russia, Times Square, Detroit, and most recently, the American High Plains. He graduated from Princeton University in 1979 where he studied with the esteemed photographer Emmet Gowin as well as the photo historian Professor Peter Bunnell.
Moore’s photographs are held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the George Eastman House, and the Library of Congress, among many others.
His publications include Cuba (Damiani, 2012), Detroit Disassembled (Damiani, 2010), Russia; Beyond Utopia (Chronicle Books, 2005), Governors Island (Public Art Fund, 2004), and Inside Havana (Chronicle Books, 2002). Moore is a 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow.
Laura Parnes is a 2013 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow. Her work engages strategies of narrative and experimental film and video art to craft loose narratives of trauma and repressed memory around mass-culture experiences and youthful rites of passage.
She has screened and exhibited her work widely in the US and internationally, including: The Rotterdam Film Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens; and Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid. Recent solo screenings include the Museum of Modern Art, and The Kitchen in New York City; recent solo exhibitions have been held at LAXART, LA; Participant Inc.; and Fitzroy Gallery.
Video Producer, director, editor
Mary Patierno is an award winning documentary filmmaker and editor whose most recent film is the Ford Foundation funded Nothing Without Us: The Women Who Will End AIDS. Her documentary, Vieques: Worth Every Bit of Struggle, won Best Documentary at the New Vision Award (2005) from New Screen TV.
Previous work includes The Most Unknowable Thing, which in 2000, was selected as part of The New Documentaries series at the Museum of Modern Art. It was nominated for a 2000 International Documentary Association (IDA) Achievement Award and was awarded Outstanding Documentary Feature at Outfest'99 in Los Angeles, the Reelings'99 Film and Video Festival in Chicago, and The Miami Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. It also won Best Documentary Short and the Audience Award at Reel Affirmations Film and Video Festival in Washington, DC.
Her collaborations include those with Abigail Child (A Shape of Error, On the Downlow, and Surf and Turf), Starfish Media Group (Revisiting Haiti and Heroin County USA), Tania Cypriano (Grandma Has a Video Camera), Diller + Scofidio, Asia Society, Unilever, 651/Brooklyn Academy of Music, Vanguard Films, Univision, University of Massachusetts, and USAID.
She was a 1989 and 2002 recipient of an Artist Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and co-produced and curated the W.O.W. (Women One World) Women's Film and Video Festival in NYC from 1988-1994.
Editorial Photographer, fine artist
Gus Powell is a photographer and visual artist living and working in New York. He received his BA from Oberlin College, and worked as the picture editor at The New Yorker from 1999-2004. Other editorial clients include: Harpers, Vogue, Fortune, and The New York Times. His work has been exhibited nationally at museums and galleries including the Museum of Modern Art, NY; Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; and Museum of the City of New York. His monograph Gus Powell: The Company of Strangers was published in 2007 by J&L Books. He is a member of the street photography collective iN-PUBLiC.
Lyle Rexer is a critic, curator, and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. A graduate of Columbia University (BA, MA) and a Rhodes Scholar at Merton College, Oxford University, he is the author of several books, including The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography (2009); How to Look at Outsider Art (2005); Photography’s Antiquarian Avant-Garde: The New Wave in Old Processes (2002); and Jonathan Lerman: The Drawings of an Artist with Autism (2002).
He has published many catalogue essays on contemporary artists and collections and contributes articles on art, architecture, photography and culture to a variety of publications, including Aperture, Modern Painters, Eikon, DAMn, Parkett, Raw Vision, and Tate, Etc. Lyle is also a columnist for Photograph magazine.
David A. Ross
David A. Ross has a 40-year career as an art museum professional and educator. He is currently the Chair of the MFA Art Practice program at the School of Visual Arts.
Career highlights have included curatorial and senior leadership positions at the Everson Museum of Art, the Long Beach Museum of Art, and the University Art Museum at UC Berkeley. He has held directorships at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Ross co-founded and was President of the Artists’ Pension Trust, a pioneering financial planning program for working artists. He has lectured at various universities across the country and has served as juror and commissioner at a broad range of international shows and exhibitions.
Photographer, fine artist
Collier Schorr is a visual artist and photographer living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA from The School of Visual Arts. She has had solo exhibitions in galleries and museums across the world, including Le Consortium, Dijon, France; Villa Romana, Florence, Italy; 303 Gallery, New York; Modern Art, London, England; and Consorcio Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain. She has also had work in group exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Spiral Wacoal Art Center, Tokyo; Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin; and Center for Contemporary Art, Glasgow. Her work has been published in Metropolis, Artforum, L'Uomo Vogue, Frieze, and The New York Times Magazine, among others. She was the Guna S. Mundheim Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin from 2007-2008.
Mark Stafford is Editor-at-Large at Allworth Press in New York City. He is also a psychoanalyst and member of Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association. He received his MA from University of Edinburgh. Formerly an editor and general manager at Penguin Books and Director of Publishing at Marsilio Press, his writings include Being Human: The Technological Extensions of the Boundaries of the Body (2000, Marsilio Press) and "Animates," an introduction to the work of the painter Eamon O'Kane.
Fine Artist, writer, contributing editor
Steel Stillman is a Contributing Editor for Art in America and has contributed to many publications including The Brooklyn Rail, Photography Magazine, and Glass Magazine. His work has been exhibitied globally in museums and galleries such as, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Show Room, Brooklyn, New York; Mandarin, Los Angeles, CA; Envoy, New York; and Show Room, Paris, France. His artist books include Incidents (1969-2014) (2014, Showroom Press), There (2002, One Star Press), and Staring (2002, Galerie van Gelder Editions).
Hans Tammen is an independent media artist, composer, and educator, with 25 years’ experience in overseeing technology-related projects in various industries, primarily the arts and financial services.
As a former Deputy Director at Harvestworks Digital Media Art Center in New York, he was responsible for client services, education, and the Artist In Residence program, and helped countless digital media artists through completion of their works. As a former Senior Technology Consultant for German unions, he spent a decade advising unions about electronic monitoring and surveillance at the workplace, and negotiating contracts and agreements to minimize surveillance aspects.
As an artist, his projects include site-specific performances and collaborative efforts with dance, light, video, and theatre, utilizing technology from planetarium projectors to guitar robots and disklavier pianos. His works have been presented on festivals in the US, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Ukraine, South Africa, India, Israel and all over Europe.
Hans has received grants and commissions from MAPFund, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, American Music Center, Chamber Music America, New York State Council On The Arts (NYSCA), New York Foundation For The Arts (NYFA), American Composers Forum & Jerome Foundation, New York State Music Fund, and the Goethe Institute, among others. He has been a panelist for SIGGRAPH Asia, International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), New Interfaces for Musical Expression Conference (NIME), and others.
He has a Diploma in Social Work/Social Pedagogy from Gesamthochschule Kassel, Germany in 1988, with additional studies in Adult Education.
A film and television critic for more than 30 years, Amy Taubin is currently a contributing editor for Film Comment and Sight and Sound magazines and is a frequent contributor to Artforum. She has also written regularly for The Village Voice, The Millennium Film Journal, and is formerly curator of video and film at the non-profit experimental performance space The Kitchen. She is a member of the National Society of Film Critics, the New York Film Critics Circle, and has been a member of the selection committee for the New York Film Festival since 2012.
Her professional life began on the Broadway stage and in avant-garde films, most notably Andy Warhol’s Couch and Screen Tests. Her own avant-garde film, In the Bag (1981) is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art.
She recently co-authored the monograph James Nares (Rizzoli, 2014), and her book, Taxi Driver, was published in 2000 as part of the British Film Institute’s Film Classics series. Her critical essays are included in many collections, including Frank Films: The Film and Video Work of Robert Frank (Steidl, 2009).
She has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. in cinema studies from NYU. In 2003, she received the School of Visual Arts’ Distinguished Art Historian Award and in 2007, the Anthology Film Archives Logos-Siegfried Kracauer Award.
Penelope Umbrico is a photo-based artist whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She is in the permanent collections of the Guggenheim Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Museum of Modern Art, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art Dan Diego; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others, and is the recipient of numerous awards including a recent Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. Aperture published her first two monographs, (photographs) (2011) and Range (2014); Out of Order (2014) was published by RVB Paris. Her work is represented by Mark Moore Gallery in the US, and XPO Gallery in Paris.
Sara VanDerBeek lives and works in New York. Recent projects include solo exhibitions at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art; and participation in the 12th Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador. She has had solo exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Whitney Museum of American Art; Metro Pictures, New York; Altman-Siegel, San Francisco; and The Approach, London.
Her work has also been included in various group exhibitions including: “Amazement Park: Stan, Sara and Johannes VanDerBeek” at the Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, New York; “Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance” at the Guggenheim Museum, New York; as well as The Museum of Modern Art's annual exhibition, “New Photography."
Oliver Wasow is a fine art photographer currently living and working in Rhinebeck, NY. He received his BA from Hunter College and his Master’s Degree from the Transart Institute. His work is currently represented by Theodore:Art Gallery in NYC.
Wasow has shown his work in one-person exhibitions at the Josh Baer Gallery, Janet Borden Gallery, Tom Solomon Gallery in Los Angeles, The South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art in North Carolina, and Galerie De Poche in Paris, France. His work has also been included in numerous national and international group shows, including “Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop,” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Image World,” at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and “The Photography of Invention,” at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
His photographs are represented in many public collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Milwaukee Art Museum. Reviews of his work have been featured in major art publications including, among others, Art Forum, ArtNews and The New York Times.
He is the recipient of the 1999 Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant, and received his second New York State Council on the Arts Grant in 2000.
Filmmaker, publication editor, film and video editor, interactive cinema producer
Grahame Weinbren is a media artist, filmmaker, writer, and editor. His interactive cinema projects, produced between 1983 and 2006, are exhibited in museums and galleries internationally. Past exhibitions include the Whitney Biennial, the Centre Pompidou, NTT-ICC (Tokyo), the Berlin Film Festival, and the Kwanju Biennial (Korea). "The Erl King" (collaboration with Roberta Friedman, 1983-1985), the first artists' work to combine computer interactivity with cinema, is in the collection of the Guggenheim Museum.
He worked as a professional editor for 25 years, and is credited as filmmaker on several widely screened, broadcast, and award-winning documentaries. His "Still Life with Banquet," a collaboration with 'slow food' chef Kitty Greenwald, was a banquet for 108 diners accompanied by six large video projections, produced for ZERO ONE, the 2010 San Jose Biennial.
Weinbren's essays about media art, cinema, and the philosophical implications of technology are widely reprinted. He is the senior editor of the Millennium Film Journal.
Department Director of Operations, fine artist
Randy West is an artist represented by the Bruce Silverstein Gallery. His work can be found in Gottfried Jager’s Concrete Photography, Aperture’s The Edge of Vision, and the Center for Creative Photography’s Sea Change: The Seascape in Contemporary Photography. The New York Times profiled his “New York Sky” pictures in September 2008. He has published two monographs, Bird Rabbit Snake and I Never Promised You Anything.
His photographs are in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; the Federal Reserve Fine Arts Collection; the Aaron Siskind Foundation; Pasadena Arts Commission; and Venice Collaborative.
West’s most recent projects are three architectural collaborations with the Venice Collaborative, rendered as permanent exterior designs on private buildings in California. These projects were featured in the exhibition “Enlightened Development” at the Art + Design Museum in Los Angeles.
Bonnie Yochelson is a New York-based independent curator and art historian. She received her MA and PhD from New York University. She worked previously as the Curator of Prints and Photographs at Museum of the City of New York. Her publications include Berenice Abbott: Changing New York (The New Press / The Museum of the City of New York, 1997); Pictorialism Into Modernism: The Clarence H. White School of Photography (Rizzoli, 1996); New York to Hollywood: The Photography of Karl Struss (Amon Carter Museum, 1995); and Rediscovering Jacob Riis: Exposure Journalism and Photography in Turn-of-the-Century New York (New Press, 2008).