Photographers in the Garden: In conversation with with Justine Kurland

Alice Austen House is proud to present The Photographer in the Garden 9/7- 12/31/2021. This is the second of a series of panel discussions.

Since the invention of the medium, photographers have been drawn by the allure of flowers. This group exhibition is excerpted from the book The Photographer in the Garden, co-published by Aperture and the George Eastman Museum, celebrating the rich history of artists working in the garden as a site of inspiration and reinvention.

The exhibition features works by acclaimed artists: Sam Abell, Alice Austen, Mark Cohen, Stephen Gill, Lonnie Graham, Justine Kurland, Lori Nix, Bill Owens, Sheron Rupp, Collier Schorr, Mike Slack.

During the course of the exhibition, the museum is proud to present a series of virtual panel discussions. This is the first of four panel discussions.

The Alice Austen House will host a conversation with Justine Kurland (featured artist) about Utopias and the American landscape.

Between 1997 and 2002, photographer Justine Kurland (b. 1969) focused her camera on landscapes as she drove across the United States. In her series “Girl Pictures,” Kurland staged teenage girls in various outdoor settings, creating a dreamlike, dystopian world where they “claim territory outside the margins of family and institutions,” as the artist has said. – NMWA

Justine Kurland is known for her utopian photographs of American landscapes and the fringe communities, both real and imagined, that inhabit them. Her early work comprises photographs, taken during many cross-country road trips, which reveal the double-edged nature of the American dream. In series such as Golden Dawn (2001-2003) and Mama Babies (2004-2007), Kurland presents a reality where utopia and dystopia are not polar opposites, but rather fold together in an uneasy coexistence. In speaking about her first and, perhaps, most celebrated body of work, Girl Pictures (1997-2002), Kurland describes her practice as navigating “the spectrum between the perfect and the real.” The artist’s most recent body of work, however, eschews her former itinerant lifestyle with pictures that focus instead on the intimate, private spaces of her New York apartment or her mother’s home in rural Virginia.

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Photographers in the Garden: In conversation with with Lonnie Graham

Alice Austen House is proud to present The Photographer in the Garden 9/7- 12/31/2021

Since the invention of the medium, photographers have been drawn by the allure of flowers. This group exhibition is excerpted from the book The Photographer in the Garden, co-published by Aperture and the George Eastman Museum, celebrating the rich history of artists working in the garden as a site of inspiration and reinvention.

During the course of the exhibition, the museum is proud to present a series of virtual panel discussions. This is the first of four panel discussions.

In Conversation with Lonnie Graham on Community Gardens

Lonnie Graham is a Pew Fellow and Professor at Pennsylvania State University. He is former director of Photography at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, an urban arts organization dedicated to arts and education for at risk youth. There, Graham developed innovative pilot projects merging Arts and Academics, which were ultimately cited by, then, First Lady Hillary Clinton as a National Model for Arts Education.

In 1996 Graham was commissioned to create the “African/American Garden Project,” which provided a physical and cultural exchange of disadvantaged urban single mothers in Pittsburgh, and farmers from Muguga, a small farming village in Kenya, to build a series of urban subsistence gardens.

Lonnie Graham is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts/Pew Charitable Trust Travel Grant for travel to Ghana and is a four time Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowship recipient.

His book “A Conversation with the World,” has been published by Datz press in Seoul, Korea.That project seeks to reveal our common humanity through interviews conducted by Professor Graham with individuals through out the world.

Other exhibitions include an exhibition of photographs at Goethe Institute, Accra Ghana; an exhibition of collaborative portraiture in Christchurch, New Zealand, a group of works at Kulttuurivoimala, Culture Silo, Meri-Toppila, Oulu, Finland, a full scale reproduction of one of the educational galleries in the Barnes Foundation shown at La Maison de Etat-Unis, Paris, France, an exhibition of larger than life photographs at the Toyota City Museum in Aichi, Japan as well as a room sized installation featured at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Graham’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Addison Gallery for American Art in Andover, MA and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in Philadelphia, PA.

Photographers in the Garden: In conversation with Bill Owens

Alice Austen House is proud to present The Photographer in the Garden 9/7- 12/31/2021. Since the invention of the medium, photographers have been drawn by the allure of flowers. This group exhibition is excerpted from the book The Photographer in the Garden, co-published by Aperture and the George Eastman Museum, celebrating the rich history of artists working in the garden as a site of inspiration and reinvention.

During the course of the exhibition, the museum is proud to present a series of virtual panel discussions. This is the second of four panel discussions.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21ST | 7PM

The Alice Austen House will host a conversation with Paul Moakley (editor and curator) and Bill Owens (photographer) about documenting the suburban landscape. While working at a local newspaper in Livermore, CA, Owens became known as the foremost chronicler of Suburbia, made famous with the publication of his book by that name in 1972. He is a featured artist in Photographer in the Garden, our current contemporary exhibition.

 

Bill Owens was born in San Jose, CA September 25, 1938. While working at a local newspaper in Livermore, CA, Owens became known as the foremost chronicler of Suburbia, made famous with the publication of his book by that name in 1972. The Los Angeles Times commented that the book “rouses pity, contempt, laughter, and self-recognition. Owens’s immense influence during the 1970s, especially in respect to the kind of portraiture that shows the middle class.” In 2001, Suburbia was included in Andrew Roth’s The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century.

In 1983 after working several years as a photojournalist, publishing a series of books, Owens began his brewing career. He established Buffalo Bill’s, one of the nation’s first Brew Pubs. From 1993 to 1995, Bill published BEER, the magazine and today had moved by the spirits. Ownes founded The American Distilling Institute (ADI), the oldest and largest organization of small-batch, independently-owned distillers in the United States, which he continues to lead and cultivate.

Owens is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and two National Endowment for the Arts Grants. He continues to make, exhibit, and sell his photographs internationally.

 

Paul Moakley is an Editor at Large for Special Projects at TIME. He served as Deputy Director of Photography and Visual Enterprise of TIME  from 2010 to 2018. Paul Moakley produces special projects such as the recent “Opioid Diaries” and TIME’s Person of the Year. He was part of the Emmy award winning team for TIME’s interactive documentary Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience.

Previously he was senior photo editor at Newsweek and photo editor of PDN (Photo District News).

Paul’s love of Alice Austen began as a young teenage volunteer at the museum. He has lived at the Alice Austen House Museum, as caretaker and curator of the museum, for over 12 years.

A History of Photographers in the Garden: A Panel Discussion

Alice Austen House is proud to present The Photographer in the Garden 9/7- 12/31/2021. This is the first of a series of panel discussions.

Since the invention of the medium, photographers have been drawn by the allure of flowers. This group exhibition is excerpted from the book The Photographer in the Garden, co-published by Aperture and the George Eastman Museum, celebrating the rich history of artists working in the garden as a site of inspiration and reinvention.

The exhibition features works by acclaimed artists: Sam Abell, Alice Austen, Mark Cohen, Stephen Gill, Lonnie Graham, Justine Kurland, Lori Nix, Bill Owens, Sheron Rupp, Collier Schorr, Mike Slack.

During the course of the exhibition, the museum is proud to present a series of virtual panel discussions. This is the first of four panel discussions.

Denise Wolff, Senior Editor, Aperture; Jamie M. Allen, associate curator, George Eastman House, and Sarah Anne McNear, writer, will discuss the making of the book “The Photographer in the Garden”. Allen will show how photography became a tool to record botanical specimens and landscapes. The collaborators will discuss the legacy of this work and answer questions. The panel will be hosted by Paul Moakley, Caretaker and Curator, and Victoria Munro Executive Director, and Curator of the Alice Austen House.

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