Tonight: At the Museum of American Art Caring for your Photography Collection

Collectors, photographers, printmakers and lovers of legacies: Tonight at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, photographic conservator and author Sylvie Penichon will present a lecture of for collectors of contemporary photographs (hereafter referred to as “My People”). Technical information and tips for what to look for when acquiring artworks and preserving your collection will be discussed.  Come find out how to preserve your pictures for generations to come.

More info available here; My People I will see you at 6.


Washington Project for the Arts Exhibition & Auction Gala Coming Soon DC

It’s that time of year to support the grassroots art organizations that make artistic interventions possible upon this homogenized states of america.  Price includes open bar auction bidding, pinatas, dessert and a chance to mingle with the creative class, even though if you are reading this, I’m guessing you ARE the artist class. (get member tickets).

I am delighted to have been selected by National Portrait Gallery (Ms.) Brandon Fortune to have two pieces from my project Cholita in the exhibit. Check it:


Totora de Cabalito, Huanchaco, Peru from the series Cholita


35 & Under Party Tickets Available NowTickets include open bar, auction bidding, piñatas, and dessert.DATE: March 22, 2014TIME: 9pm -11pmPRICE: $150LOCATION: Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA

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Don’t miss our SELECT 2014 Exhibition, opening February 27th at Artisphere.SELECT 2014 features work by established and emerging artists from DC, Baltimore, Richmond and beyond.  WPA’s selection of exquisite, engaging, and exciting art works offers something for collectors both seasoned and aspiring

Upcoming DC Events: Photography, Filmaking, Madness, Social Justice & Beauty

Quite a lot of interesting things happening around town. Here’s a small sampling:


VOICES FROM WITHIN Premieres in Washington, D.C.
A documentary exploring rehabilitation and recovery
To view the trailer:
The documentary, VOICES FROM WITHIN, will premiere with two local screenings and filmmaker-led panel discussions in Washington, D.C. The film explores the complicated process of recovery and redemption through the experiences of four individuals in care at Saint Elizabeths psychiatric hospital.

SCREENING #1 :Saint Elizabeths Hospital (1100 Alabama Avenue SE – atop the Congress Heights Metro Station)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013.  7-9 PM. Free and open to the public.

SCREENING #2: The Goethe Institute 812 Seventh street NW – China Town Metro Station

Wednesday, November 13, 2013.   7-9 PM. Donations Suggested, open to the public.

Also Wednesday November 6 IN FOGGY BOTTOM, 6 PM:


November 7, 2013 7-10 PM Reservations Required RSVP Here


LA: Represent! Latino/US Cotidiano Opening at MOLAA Oct 5

ccdScreen shot 2013-09-23 at 6.23.27 PMAvid readers will recall a lil group exhibit extravaganza and book I was a part of along with a number of esteemed photographers in DC earlier this year.  Now, LA friends may witness the joy at molaa, the Museum of Latin American Art.  Please see below for an invitation to the opening reception, go, enjoy, and critique. As they used to say: discuss. Please.  See below for more details. Please note, reservations, and $10 donation required for non-members.

Opening:  Saturday Oct. 5 at 7 pm – 10.  molaa 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802


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Lauren Henkin’s Growth Opening this Friday at The Gallery at Vivid Solutions in Anacostia


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The inspirational Lauren Henkin is having a show opening at Vivid Solutions this weekend.  Also uber artist and serious rocket scientist Peter Krsko will be part of an exhibit this weekend.  Both openings are on Friday Sept. 20 from 6-9.  I’m going to try and make it at the top.

The Gallery at Vivid Solutions

Lauren Henkin

It was not until after photographer Lauren Henkin had undergone surgery to remove slow-growing benign tumors that she began to identify connections between her photographic inclinations and her health issues. Growth is the collection of landscape photographs that resulted from this point of connection. Henkin photographs discovered disruptions to the urban landscape made by the natural world, scenes that she sees as both invasive and reclaiming.

Honfleur Gallery


Garth Fry, Dan Gray & Peter Krsko

TEMPERAMENT * MONOLITH presents the work of Dan Gray, Garth Fry and Peter Krsko in a site-specific exhibition. Each artist focuses on one medium (metal, paper, wood) and also contributes to creating two stand-alone walls that unite the space.

Honfleur Gallery & The Gallery at Vivid Solutions are located at 1241 Good Hope Rd. SE, WDC 20020

Anacostia Arts Center is located at 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE, WDC 20020

Honfleur Gallery, The Gallery at Vivid Solutions & Anacostia Arts Center are projects of ARCH Development Corporation.

Converging Cultures works by Latino Artists at Ridderhof Martin Gallery Opening & Lecture

I’m in a group exhibit with a bunch of good folks at the University of Mary Washington’s  lovely Ridderhof Martin Gallery opening on Thursday September 5, if you happen to be in Fredericksburg, VA, which I do highly recommend. V. dog friendly, nice downtown, lots of antiquing.

Lecture in conjunction with Converging Cultures: Works by Latino Artists

“On Identity in the Arts: What it Means to be ‘Latino’”
F. Lennox Campello, independent artist and art critic
2 PM, Sunday, September 29, 2013
Ridderhof Martin Gallery

Artist and art critic F. Lennox Campello delivers an illustrated and sometimes irreverent discussion on the history and evolution of the Latino ethnic label while raising important questions on the issue.

I will have two images from Cholita in the exhibit and will be attending the Sunday lecture.  More info available here.

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Cotidiana USA Book Sign.Discuss @ National Portrait Gallery

Sisters Mariachi, Houston Rodeo, TX (click for full size)

Sisters Mariachi, Houston Rodeo, TX (click for full size) © Susana Raab

Last fall I was contacted by Barcelonan/Brazilian curator Claudi Carerras to paricipate in a project about life for Latinos in the USA commissioned by Spain Arts & Culture, which apparently is an entity unto itself in that fine country, and I am proud to be a small part of this exhibit and book along with photographers:  Carlos Alvárez MonteroSol AramendiKatrina d’AutremontCaléRicardo Cases,Livia CoronaHéctor MataKaren MirandaDulce Pinzón,Stefan Ruiz, and Gihan Tubbeh.  Yup, that is pretty cool.

So I do admit my work on Latinos in the USA is a bit, er, slim.  However, Claudi made a delightful edit of my Houston Rodeo work of a few years back, I made during a whirlwind trip to Fotofest in Houston, hung with my lady bobcat and Chronicle photo editor Jill Karnicki and her two adorable Bijons in a craftsman once owned by, and I hope I am not oversharing here, once owned by THE daughter of THE  Bill Witliff, for all you Lonesome Dove et al, black and white art loving photo geeks out there.

Bill Witliff is the man.  I met him at my first photo review in Santa Fe back in the day and he told me I shot from the heart not from the brain.  As a chronic overthinker, I did not appreciate this for what it was till much later, but I did take heart that a man of such obvious intelligence and discernment as Bill Witliff saw something in me that I myself could not.

So because one must photograph and build work in order to have more work to write off during week sojourn in temperate climes I graced myself upon the Houston ro-deo.  It was cool.  My earlier experiences were a teeny bit out west and mostly in Ohio, and you can imagine they are all quite different.  It is not meant, as everything else I seem to consciously do, to be some epic statement of monumental proportions and in this sense, it is perfect for the “quotidian USA” theme.  It does run a bit close to Claudi’s stated desire of not wanting something stereotypical Latino in the USA like quinceaneras or migrant workers (did that too, that was my other latino usa project – will someone help me out here????).  However, my hope is that a few of the photographs are still a-typical.

There are some goings on in Washington related to the event.  Both in the evening.  Hope to see you there.

April 3 at the National Portrait Gallery (Book presentation

April 4 at the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain (Exhibition opening) (on view through May 12)

Photo by Ricardo Cases
Visual Arts
Washington, D.C.
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April 4–May 12, 2013
Wed–Fri: 5–8 pm
Sat: 11 am – 8 pm
Sun: 11 am – 6 pm
Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain
2801 16th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
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‘LATINO/US Cotidiano’

A national traveling exhibition and photobook visualizing the U.S. Latino experience today through 12 of the most talented photographic voices working internationally.

SPAIN arts & culture is pleased to present a national traveling exhibition and book, LATINO/US Cotidiano. Literally meaning “everyday life,” Cotidiano is a dynamic look at the rapidly changing nature of the Latino experience in America.

The Hispanic population in the U.S. has reached the 50 million mark, making the Latino community the largest minority in the country for the first time. One out of every six Americans is now of Hispanic origin, an impressive social transformation with enormous political, economic, and cultural consequences. Outdated stereotypes, racial profiles, and past cultural archetypes no longer accurately reflect a nation enriched by a growing and diverse population. But what does it look like today?

To better understand this culturally shifting phenomenon, SPAIN arts & culture commissioned Claudi Carreras, one of the foremost experts on IberoAmerican Latino photography, to research and gather the strongest photographic voices working today on issues of Latino identity. For LATINO/US Cotidiano, Carreras selected established and emerging photographers of Latino descent who embrace the theme and also excel at their craft: Carlos Alvárez Montero, Sol Aramendi, Katrina Marcelle d’Autremont, Calé, Ricardo Cases, Livia Corona, Héctor Mata, Karen Miranda, Dulce Pinzón, Susana Raab, Stefan Ruiz, and Gihan Tubbeh.

## Join us also for a book presentation, Q&A and signing on April 3, 2013 at 6 pm at the National Portrait Gallery with Associate Curator of Photographs Frank Goodyear, LATINO/US Cotidiano curator Claudi Carreras, and photographers Ricardo Cases and Susana Raab, moderated by Carlos Tapia, Professor at American University. Books for purchase at the event.

Friday Night at the Mansion at Strathmore

DMV: If you can make your way near to North Bethesda this Friday eve, a fabulous opening will present itself before you at the Strathmore Center for the Arts.   The Pink Line Project does a great job of summing up the gist of this group endeavour, helmed under the capable and enthusiastic guidance of one Ms. Holly Haliniewski of the Mansion at Strathmore:

The exhibition features the growth and greatness of resident artists Minna Philips of Rockville, MD; Wilmer Wilson IV and Solomon Slyce of Washington, DC; and Brittany Sims of Kensington, MD.  As an additional treat, the artist’s mentors are also exhibiting, so look forward to the genius of multimedia artist F. Lennox Campello, award-winning photographer Susana Raab, and co-founder of the Washington Glass School Tim Tate alongside the resident artists.

Philips, Slyce, Wilson, and Sims have drawn on photography, mixed media, drawing, and painting to express each of their unique voices and contemporary perspectives.  Minna Philips utilizes photographic manipulation and paradoxical recontextualization within her work – prisms, angled varieties, and shadow boxes obscure and distort what may be one’s original perception of the objects at hand.  Solomon Slyce, on the other hand, brings his work to life through satirical photography of sensitive and emotionally-charged issues.  He incorporates themes of interracial marriage, immigration, and financial corruption and utilizes distinctive techniques by iconic artists such as Andy Warhol, Irving Sinclair, and Grant Wood to do so.

Installation artist Wilmer Wilson IV’s pieces transform the everyday into the aesthetic. Inside the Mansion, he has used more than 1,000 inflated paper bags to create a whole room-filling form, which is then later reflected in the occurrence of paper bags in his photography works.  Finally, painter Brittany Sims presents her ominous paintings of worldly devastation. Drawing on images from natural disasters, her paintings inhabit unconventional shower curtain canvases that give her experiments true shape and dimension.

Also included in the exhibition are two multimedia works marrying drawing with video by F. Lennox Campello, a photographic series embodying literature by Susana Raab, and a new Tim Tate mixed-media sculpture incorporating blown and fused glass, electronics, and video.

So if you are in the environs, the opening is this Friday from 7-9 pm.  For more information, visit or call (301) 581-5100.


Looking for an Empty Seat: Be Careful of Your Utmost Desires

Yes, this is one of those many times when living in DC rocks: The National Gallery presents Jenny Holzer ( part of the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Lecture Series which provides a forum for distinguished artists to discuss the genesis and evolution of their work in their own words) .   Thank you Diamonstein-Speilvogels, whose name I just like saying, and all peoples with money donating to perpetuate the dissemination of the arts.  Do you feel  me yawning chasm of economic disparity?  At any rate, tell it like it is sister herself, Jenny Holzer will be engaged in a little q&a and I am happy to say I will be there!! Come and join, but wear comfortable shoes, and be early.

© Jenny Holzer, I Can’t Tell You

BTW, I had a professor in graduate school who did not like photographs that relied upon text as a rule.  I’m just saying.

May 6 at 3:30 p.m.
Jenny Holzer in conversation with Harry Cooper, curator and head of modern and contemporary art, National Gallery of Art
East Building Concourse, Auditorium

Jenny Holzer’s powerful text-based work has enlivened public spaces for nearly thirty-five years. Born in 1950 in Gallipolis, Ohio, Holzerholds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and honorary doctorates, including those from Williams College (2000), the New School (2005), and Smith College (2009). In 1977, while enrolled in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program, she began work on her breakthrough Truisms. A series of witty and salient aphorisms that she composed and printed on posters, these works were distributed anonymously in the urban environment. They have subsequently appeared on materials as diverse as billboards, marble benches, and what have become the best known of her media, LED signs. In 1990, Holzer was the first woman to have a solo presentation in the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, for which she was awarded the Golden Lion. She stopped writing her own texts in 2001, choosing instead to borrow language from writers, philosophers, poets, and political figures for such works as her large-scale projections on the sides of buildings and landscapes. Since 2004, she has mined declassified government documents for the series Redaction Paintings. In 2010, Holzer gave the Gallery six Redaction Paintings, each depicting the censored handprint of an American soldier accused of committing crime in Iraq. Holzer lives and works in New York. (lecture information) (Diamonstein-Spielvogel Lecture Series podcasts) (Learn about the Redaction Paintings)

The Diamonstein-Spielvogel Lecture Series provides a forum for distinguished artists to discuss the genesis and evolution of their work in their own words. Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and the Honorable Carl Spielvogel generously endowed this series in 1997 to make such conversations available to the public. Recordings from this program are available at

NOVA Photo Prof Gail Rebhan premieres her Tenleytown collages at Katzen

Enough about me, Gail Rebhan has a collaboration with the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center and Iona Senior Services to create a public art project and exhibition on the cultural history of the Tenleytown neighborhood. Four large photo-collages can be seen in the windows of the old Babe’s Billiards at Brandywine Street and Wisconsin Avenue, NW. These will be displayed until the building is renovated/demolished.  Fifteen smaller photo collages will be displayed at the American University Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, April 2- May 15.

This project includes several events:

April 2 opening (6 to 9 PM) at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Exhibition continues through May 15, 2011.

April 9 at 2 PM talk at the new Tenley library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW.  After a short presentation on the project, participants will walk over to see the photo-collages at Brandywine and Wisconsin Avenue NW.

May 1 at 3:30 PM there will be a “meet the artist” reception at Brandywine and Wisconsin Avenue NW.

May 16-28 Gail will collect oral histories at Iona Senior Services. These oral histories will form the basis of new artwork.

Personally, I’m pretty interested to see how she combines oral history and collage, and to find out if Tenleytown had a more interesting history than the big box stores that currently dominate. See you there!