Elinor Carucci, Andrew Moore, and Steel Stillman Book Launch

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Book Singing and Conversation with Elinor Carucci, Andrew Moore, and Steel Stillman on their latest photographic publications

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The School of Visual Arts, MFA Photography, Video and Related Media invites the public to a book signing and conversation with distinguished faculty, Elinor Carucci, Andrew Moore, and Steel Stillman regarding their latest photographic publications. The three of them will jointly discuss the. Themes and working methods that weave through Carucci’s Midlife (The Monacelli Press; 2019), and Andrew Moore’s Blue Alabama (Damiani; 2019 ), and Stillman’s Analogy (Hassla; 2019), the catalogue for his current solo exhibition at Soloway, in Brooklyn. Book sales and signing will take place after the presentation. This event is free and open to the public.

Elinor Carucci:

Born 1971 in Jerusalem, 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. Her work has been included in many solo and group exhibitions worldwide, solo shows include Edwynn Houk gallery, Fifty One Fine Art Gallery, FoMU, and Gagosian Gallery, London among others and group shows include The Museum of Modern Art New York, MoCP Chicago and The Photographers' Gallery, London.

Her photographs are included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art New York, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Art, among others and her work appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Details, New York Magazine, W, Aperture, ARTnews and many more publications.

She was awarded the ICP Infinity Award in 2001, The Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002 and NYFA in 2010. Carucci has published three monographs to date, Closer, Chronicle Books 2002 and Diary of a dancer, SteidlMack 2005 and MOTHER, Prestel 2013. In fall of 2019 Monacelli Press published her fourth monograph, Mid Life.

Carucci is represented by Edwynn Houk Gallery.

About Midlife:

Following her acclaimed volumes Closer (2002) and Mother (2013), Carucci, one of the most autobiographically rigorous photographers of her generation, continues her immersive and up-close examination of life in Midlife, recruiting and revisiting the same members of her family that we have seen since her work gained prominence two decades ago. In this latest work, Carucci chronicles these pivotal years in vibrant detail to depict the complex, layered aspects of life that intimately affects men and women alike.

As women increasingly claim territory for their narratives and topics of well-being, aging, women’s health, and the portrayal of women in media continue to draw attention in the national discourse, Midlife is a document that asks us all to share the experience of this artist’s life, looking closely and to collectively see what is so often invisible.

Andrew Moore:

American photographer Andrew Moore is widely acclaimed for his photographic series, usually taken over many years, which record the effect of time on the natural and built landscape. These series include work made in Cuba, Russia, Bosnia, Times Square, Detroit, The Great Plains, and most recently, the American South.

Moore’s photographs are held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Library of Congress amongst many other institutions. He has received a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 2014, and has as well been award grants by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the J M Kaplan Fund.

His newest project, entitled Blue Alabama, will be published in book form in 2019. His previous work, Dirt Meridian, which depicts the lands and people along the 100th Meridian in the US, was published in 2015 and includes a preface by the author Kent Haruf and was exhibited at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha. An earlier book, the bestselling Detroit Disassembled, included an essay by the late Poet Laureate Philip Levine, and an exhibition of the same title opened at the Akron Museum of Art before also traveling to the Queens Museum of Art, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, and the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.

Moore’s other books include: Inside Havana (2002), Governors Island (2004) and Russia, Beyond Utopia (2005) and Cuba (2012. Additionally, his photographs have appeared in Art in America, Artnews, The Bitter Southerner, Harpers, National Geographic, New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, TIME, Vogue and Wired.

Moore produced and photographed "How to Draw a Bunny," a pop art mystery feature film on the artist Ray Johnson. The movie premiered at the 2002 Sundance Festival, where it won a Special Jury prize.

Mr. Moore was a lecturer on photography in the Visual Arts Program at Princeton University from 2001 to 2010..

About Blue Alabama:

Andrew Moore photographs places in transition: Cuba, Detroit, the High Plains. In his latest project, he focuses on Alabama—a region with a complex relationship to the past. Spending four years in lower Alabama, Moore searched for what he called “that ‘deep history’ which resides in the humblest of settings.” And Alabama’s Black Belt—named for its fertile soil and deeply associated with the region’s African American culture—has that history. Before the Civil War, the region was the nation’s highest producer of cotton. Afterward, it was the site of some of the Jim Crow era’s most vicious violence and some of the Civil Rights Movement’s key battles.

Photographic history also runs thick through Alabama. The tenant farmers immortalized in James Agee and Walker Evans’ Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1941) were residents, and some of the most famous images of the Civil Rights Movement—Bull Connor’s police dogs in Birmingham, the standoff at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma—were produced here.

Moore’s photographs of the Black Belt honor its complicated histories but depart from them, avoiding stereotypes and finding the hope, resilience and creativity that animate this place. With the photographer acting “as a listener at history’s doorstep,” Blue Alabama offers a tender, surprising portrait of the South—a region marked by economic, social and cultural divisions, but also a love of history, tradition and land. The book includes a previously unpublished story by award-winning American novelist Madison Smartt Bell.

Steel Stillman:

Steel Stillman is an artist and writer based in New York. In addition to his show at Soloway, which runs through November 24 th, he is currently in the exhibition “who knows one,” curated by Haim Steinbach at Vistamare Gallery in Pescara, Italy. In 2018, his solo show “Prospects”, which included photographs and wall paintings, was at Galerie van Gelder in Amsterdam. Recent group shows include ones at Carriage Trade, Kai Matsumiya Gallery, and Magenta Plains, all in New York; David Peterson Gallery, in Minneapolis; and Kunstverein Langenhagen in Langenhagen, Germany. His artist book Black Point, which includes 75 photographs from the Enlargements series and an interview with the artist by Anne Doran was published by Hassla in 2018. Stillman is also a contributing editor at Art in America.

About Analogy:

Steel Stillman’s new 30-page catalogue Analogy is being published by Hassla on the occasion of the artist’s current solo show – also titled Analogy – at Soloway, in Brooklyn. The catalogue, which features an essay by poet and cultural critic Wayne Koestenbaum, brings together Stillman’s Polaroids of drawings traced from found family albums, made in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, and sets them alongside recent digital prints from his Enlargements series [2015- ongoing]. The juxtaposition of these distinct bodies of work reflects two ways of questioning the relationship between time and photography. Whether by making Polaroids that reanimate people, places, and things that have been largely forgotten, or by enlarging anonymous moments from more recent decades, Stillman stitches together recurring iconic motifs – figures, houses, landscapes – in a shadow play that locates the past as a figment of our material and psychological present.

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