Speaking Tonight at MICA Maryland Institute and College of Art

Heading up to Charm City tonight to speak before the fine students of MICA.  I was up there a few weeks ago for an assignment and met up with former palladium instructor and artist extraordinaire Regina Deluise, whose work is in the Raab permanent collection (back off National Gallery, I haven’t made up my mind to whom I’m bequeathing!). Regina now teaches at MICA and she gave me the full tour and I must say I was quite impressed with the gallery spaces, the student work, the smallness of the school and the beautiful beaux-arts main building.  I shot the school as part of my assignment so I can’t share the images, but I’ll leave you with this one I found this weekend at an antique store of Regina’s Uncle Dom.  Those of a certain age may be familiar.  I thought it was funny to see the old master surrounded by pseudo old masters.

Dom Deluise and Old Masters

Dom Deluise and Other Old Masters

Those in the Balmore environs who may want to meet up for a libation shoot me a pm and we’ll connoiter.

Martin Schoeller Artist Talk Today (Saturday Sept 26)

© Martin Schoeller

© Martin Schoeller

In conjunction with the fabulous portraiture show at the National Portrait Gallery, Portraiture Now: Feature Photography, which looks at the work of five photographers who use portraiture in the editorial venue, Martin Schoeller, will be giving a gallery a talk at the National Portrait Gallery today. This will be filed in the column, better late than never, those of you in the Washington, DC environs might think about changing your schedules and heading down.  The event takes place in the National Portrait Gallery:

Venue Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture
Event Location Meet in F Street lobby
Cost Free
Related Exhibition Portraiture Now: Feature Photography
Note Gallery360 is a conversation about the portraits in a single gallery, led by the artist who created them.

Martin Schoeller talks about his work on display in the related exhibition. Schoeller has exhibited his portraits internationally and his portraits have appeared in many prominent magazines, including the New Yorker, Gentleman’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, and Rolling Stone.

Image: Jack Nicholson by Martin Schoeller, digital C-print, 2002. Collection of the artist, courtesy Hasted Hunt, New York City © Martin Schoeller

Other artists featured in the exhibit are:

The exhibit closes tomorrow and if you haven’t seen it already I highly recommend a skeedaddle, as the Soth prints alone make it worth a scurry.  Gorgeous and well-curated!

The RIT Big Shot project in DC!

RIT Big Shot No. 25
Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian
Washington, D.C.

September 26, 2009
Arrival time: 7:45pm – Museum main door & plaza

Photograph will be made at approximately 8:45pm

Dress in DARK clothing

Bring a hand held light source

More details will be shared on site

The event is open to the public and participants will receive
a complimentary 8 x10 color print of the photograph courtesy
of Nikon Inc, USA.

Here’s some more info:

RIT Heads to the Nation’s Capital for its 25th Big Shot Photography Project Sept. 26

Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian is subject of photograph

A longtime Rochester Institute of Technology event that highlights the spirit of community and volunteerism while generating a spectacular nighttime photograph is happenin’ in Washington, DC.

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian will be the subject of RIT’s 25th Big Shot photograph on Saturday, Sept. 26. The Big Shot photography project relies on the participation of hundreds of volunteers to provide the primary light source for the image while photographers shoot an extended exposure. Past Big Shot projects have attracted up to 1,200 volunteers. Faculty members from RIT’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf are the main organizers of the event.

The museum will be the subject of the Big Shot photograph with the Washington Monument in the background. The National Museum of the American Indian is celebrating the fifth anniversary of its opening on the National Mall, which is located just south of the U.S. Capitol. The unique architecture of the building is the culmination of many discussions and meetings with Native communities and individuals throughout the Western hemisphere. The museum’s unique curvilinear design evokes the mesas and canyons of the Southwest and gives the appearance of being weathered by wind and water. The exterior is clad in a Kasota limestone quarried from Minnesota and is a warm buff color that has several finishes to suggest the building grew out of the landscape.

“I can’t think of a more fun way to celebrate,” says Kevin Gover (Pawnee/Comanche), director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. “I hope everyone in the Washington Metropolitan area shows up and participates.”

RIT faculty and students, including those of Native American descent, are looking forward to participating in this milestone event. Jason Younker (Coquille Indian Tribe), assistant to the provost for Native American Relations and RIT assistant professor of anthropology, says the Big Shot will be one of the highlights of his academic career.

“The Big Shot will recognize the contributions of Native Americans both past and present,” adds Younker. “It will bring together current and former students from RIT and emphasize the university’s commitment to indigenous peoples of North America. For the Big Shot to be held at the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian is significant and will certainly be a pinnacle for this RIT tradition.”

Since RIT started its Big Shot project in 1987, the event has hopscotched to several national landmarks and twice crossed the Atlantic Ocean. Through their viewfinders, Big Shot photographers have captured such landmarks as the U.S.S. Intrepid, the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden, and George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, while drawing in thousands of volunteers and spectators throughout the past two decades.

“For me the project is about challenges, teamwork and community. At our very first Big Shot at Rochester’s Highland Hospital in 1987 we had about 35 people come out in below- freezing temperatures,” says Dawn Tower DuBois, professor at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf and one of the Big Shot organizers. “Last year, The Big Shot along the historic Erie Canal drew a crowd of about 700 people. The community response is really something special.”

Anyone is welcome to participate in the Big Shot event. There will be a reception at the museum immediately following the making of the photograph. To register for the reception, visit www.rit.edu/alumni/bigshot09. To learn more about the project and view photographs of past Big Shot photos, go to www.rit.edu/bigshot.

New Olympic Sport? Air-Sex

In the endless quest to locate the nexus of strange and true, I attended an Air-Sex competition at the Rock n’ Roll Hotel on H St NE in DC a few months ago.  My little brother was in town, so he came along for the “ride”, pun intended.  Reader, I was aghast.  I hope that no amount of alcohol could persuade me to perform such lewd and unsavory acts.  I am still shell-shocked from my c. 1991 foray with my then-14 year old brother to see “My Own Private Idaho.”  I figured it featured River Phoenix, so it must be some “Stand By Me” ish knock-off.  At any rate, if me bro becomes a male gigolo, it will undoubtedly be influenced in no small part by these two incidents some 18 years apart.

No doubt the creators of this competitive sport have long term Olympian plans for this pursuit.  I’m sure the Republic of Rome in its latter years were likewise distracted:

Air-Sex Competition, Washington, DC, 2009 © Susana Raab 2009

Air-Sex Competition, Washington, DC, 2009 © Susana Raab 2009

More Wisconsin

Things never look as good sized for the web unfortunately.  Also I am in LOVE with Kodak NC160.  Guess which ones were taken with it.

(Love Festivals that take place under underpasses) And . . .Careful with that hand, lady, I'm right behind you! © Susana Raab 2009

(Love Festivals that take place under underpasses) And . . .Careful with that hand, lady, I'm right behind you! © Susana Raab 2009

Frauleins Milwaukee c. 2009 style. © Susana Raab 2009

Frauleins Milwaukee c. 2009 style. © Susana Raab 2009

Ye Olden Tyme Soldiers & Lil' Wayne Concert © Susana Raab 2009

Ye Olden Tyme Soldiers & Lil' Wayne Concert © Susana Raab 2009

Saturday Night, Wisconsin Dells © Susana Raab 2009

Saturday Night, Wisconsin Dells © Susana Raab 2009

Paul Bunyan's All You Can Eat, Just Like On the Frontier © Susana Raab 2009

Paul Bunyan's All You Can Eat, Just Like On the Frontier © Susana Raab 2009

Dream Jobs: The Oxford American

I was recently contacted by the Oxford American (The Southern Magazine of Good Writing [and good art]) in regards to them publishing a piece from my Sense of Place series (see below).  In the process of negotiation, they offered me a subscription to the OA, which I gladly accepted as regular readers know, I delight in good writing.  I was so pleased to receive my first copy in which my work appears (though it is THE last page of the book [a place of honour no doubt] and was happy to see that the Oxford American in addition to being the place for good writing, is also a repository of great art.  A dream job for me would be the person who matches the art to the fiction in The New Yorker, or the art director of Harper’s (though Stacey does too good a job of that to ever aspire for such a dream job), and now I want Carol Ann to know that I am watching her back, because in addition to having great fiction to illustrate, the Oxford American has the added benefit of an Arkansas locus which means the cost-of-living is L-O-W. So many other good photogs in this issue as well, like Blake Fitch, who I am seeing EVERYWHERE, and Susan Worsham.  I’m not giving it all away, go buy yourself a copy or subscription and see for yourself.  Be edified!

A ver:

Me in Oxford American

Me in Oxford American

Thomas Prior in the Oxford American

Thomas Prior in the Oxford American

by Fatima Ronquillo/Wally Workman Gallery”]"Young Woman with Cupid [and Toe!]" by Fatima Ronquillo/courtesy Wally Workman Gallery in the Oxford American

From the Wisconsin Dells

Chief Coca-Cola © Susana Raab 2009

Chief Coca-Cola © Susana Raab 2009

Closed Due to Tummyache © Susana Raab 2009

Closed Due to Tummyache © Susana Raab 2009

Snack Bar, Double-Feature © Susana Raab 2009

Snack Bar, Double-Feature © Susana Raab 2009

Off to dinner!