Radio Silence Broken: Corridor Opens Thursday 3/24 at the Art Museum of the Americas

Children of Cajamarca, Huanchaco, Peru, 2011 © Susana Raab

The blog and meself has been overly dull of late due to the old proverb being true: all work and no play make Jack a dull boy.  Since coming back from my peru trip in late January, I’ve been busy making selects, scans, toning, exhibition prints, and sequencing, and a small fruit of my labor gestates fully this Thursday at a fabulous group show of 12 DC/Baltimore artists opening at the Art Museum of the Americas in the name of Corridor, as in I-95, that concrete umbilical cord that connects charm city to , um, DC.  I’ve got 13 pieces in the show, half of which are new and never to be seen before, thanks to the fact that I haven’t updated my website since c. 1999. (Had to rush the materiel to the copyright office, don’t ya know, before Richard Prince absconds with it).

I previewed a small bit of the show and couldn’t be more delighted. The other fantastic artists are:  D.C. artists Martha Jackson Jarvis, Brandon Morse, Phil Nesmith, Michael Platt, and Jeff Spaulding; and Baltimore artists Oletha DeVane, Bernhard Hildebrandt, John Ruppert, Soledad Salamé, Joyce J. Scott, and Sofia Silva. The selected artists’ work represents a wide range of media and approaches, from sculpture, installation, printmaking and photography to video. The resulting exhibition showcases exceptional examples of some recent trends in art from the region. (OK that is from the press release, no brain juice left right now).

If you are in the fair District and can direct yourself towards 18th and Constitution Aves NW, please do stop by and introduce. I’ll be in residence on the 2nd floor.  There is a curator talk from 5.30-6.30 and then the opening proper at 6.30 – 8 pm.

Twill be up till June 24 so plenty of time to peruse if you can’t make it Thursday. Here’s the exact address:

Art Museum of The Americas

201 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Hasta Viernes!

Not to Miss: Bill Cunningham New York The MOVIE at the Hirshhorn Thursday March 10 8 PM

Here’s DC’s chance to view the documentary on the reclusive and enigmatic NYTimes shooter, Bill Cunningham. Not to be missed!:

Twice weekly, there are photo essays in the New York Times that double as cultural anthropology. On the Street makes a case for the fashion trend of the moment, and Evening Hours covers power brokers, swells, and celebs out on the town. Richard Press’s first feature is a portrait of Bill Cunningham, the photographer who produces these eye-popping chronicles. The octogenarian bikes to his assignments on his Schwinn, attired as always in a stylish yet utilitarian outfit: oversize lab coat, pinwale cords, black shoes, thick socks. “We all get dressed for Bill,” says Anna Wintour.

Saturnalia Opens Tomorrow at Irvine Contemporary

Eva, Miraflores, Peru, 2009 © Susana Raab

Please do come:

New Work by Gallery Artists
January 8 – February 12, 2011
Opening reception with the artists, Saturday, January 8, 2010, 6-8PM

To celebrate the New Year with a festival of new art, Irvine Contemporary is pleased to present Saturnalia, a group exhibition of new works by gallery artists. The exhibition will include works by Teo González, Melissa Ichiuji, Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi, Akemi Maegawa, Alexa Meade, Susana Raab, and Nicholas Kahn & Richard Selesnick.

Nicholas Kahn & Richard Selesnick from their new series, Mars: Adrift on the Hourglass Sea

I’m ensconced back in the motherland awaiting repatriation with the luggage that contains all my clothes.  Luckily Lima is balmy right now, delightful actually, so just shedding the down jacket allows me to go from winter to summer with relative ease.  Looking forward to a weekend jaunt to the quaint fishing village of Pucusana, then back to Lima to TCB as Elvis would say, then finishing up my too short stay in Trujillo.  A town built by Bolivar.


Weekend Lecture at National Gallery on the Pre-Raphaelites

I’ve been so focused on post-Raphaelites re DC Fotoweek, that I have quite neglected to see this show at one of my favorite museums, the National Gallery.  Well, this can all be remedied on November 21 when NGA curator Dianne Waggoner, expounds and more on November 21 at 2:00 pm. Come and learn about a time when painters were influenced by photography!
Uncompromising Truth: British Photography and Pre-Raphaelitism
Diane Waggoner, associate curator, department of photographs, National Gallery of Art
Book signing of The Pre-Raphaelite Lens: British Photography and Painting, 1848–1875 follows.
East Building Concourse, Auditorium
Also a book signing. About the book:

As photography steadily gained a foothold in the 1840s, a group of British painters calling themselves the Pre-Raphaelites came of age. Answering John Ruskin’s call to study nature, “rejecting nothing, selecting nothing, and scorning nothing,” these young painters were also spurred on by the possibilities of the new medium (introduced in 1839), particularly its ability to capture every nuance, every detail. And yet, the Pre-Raphaelites’ debt to photography has barely been acknowledged. From photography, painters learned to see anew: adapting such radical qualities as abrupt cropping, planar recession, and a lack of modulation between forms, painters made their art modern, sometimes shockingly so.


Photographers in turn looked to Pre-Raphaelite visual strategies and subject matter – mined from literature, history, religion—to secure, as Julia Margaret Cameron wrote, “the character and uses of High Art.” These artists developed a shared vocabulary—featuring light and minute detail as an emblem of visual truth—which helped launch realism as the century’s dominant visual mode. “Exactness,” a critic affirmed in 1856, “is the tendency of the age.”


This volume explores the rich dialogue between photography and painting through the themes of landscape, portraiture, literary and historical narratives and modern-life subjects. These artists—from photographers Lewis Carroll, Julia Margaret Cameron, Roger Fenton, Henry Peach Robinson and Oscar Gustave Rejlander, to such painters as John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and John William Inchbold—not only had much in common, but also upended traditional approaches to making pictures.


240 pages, 200 color | 9 x 11.5 inches


DC Fotoweek is Here

One could ask for no better round-up than Heather Goss’ virtual spreadsheet of officially-sanctioned DC Fotoweekdom activity here.

DC Fotoweek Happenings

Get ready to snap your fingers in unison and enjoy the love that is DC Fotoweek.  Some venues seem to be doing a good job of taking the reins from more, er, commercial interests.  I know, it’s utterly bourgeois to even mention it.

Anyhoo, lots of fun things happening including a photographer/street artist collaborative exhibit at Honfleur Gallery which features a couple of my local favorites:  photographers Matt Dunn, Chris Usher,  Jason Horowitz, and Michelle Frankenfurter and great street artists DECOY and Mike Estabrook; a slideshow and concert with one half of Thievery Corporation with the Metrocollective fotografas. Tickets to Thievery/Metrocollective can be purchased for $20 here.

Is it a bird, is it a plane? no it’s projections of photographs on historic buildings with Andy Adams, Larissa Leclair, Jamie Welford and other folks: NightGallery projections can be enjoyed at many locations throughout Washington, DC,including the exteriors of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design, Newseum,
the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, American Red Cross, National Museum ofthe American Indian, Satellite Central (M Street – Georgetown) and the Human Rights
Campaign buildings.

Northern Virginia Community College photo professor Gail Rebhan alerts me to this interesting art book lover appropriate show:

Beyond Text: Contemporary Book Arts

Featuring the work of

Carol Barton, Maria Barbosa, Katie Baldwin, Kate Carr, Irene Chan, Tate Foley, Helen Frederick, Tatiana Ginsberg, Fleming Jeffries, Kerry McAleer-Keeler, Kelly O’Brien, Gail Rebhan, Lee Running, Gretchen Schermerhorn, Ashlee Weitlauf

October 25–November 19, 2010

Opening Reception

Thursday, November 4, 2010, 5–7:30 p.m.

King Street Gallery

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

The King Street Art Gallery is located in the atrium of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center on the west side of the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus off Georgia Avenue at 930 King Street. Parking is available in the West Garage, which is located immediately behind the center.

Map and directions at

Photo Books with Brenda Ann Kenneally on Tuesday Night. Discuss.

From Money, Power, Respect © Brenda Ann Kenneally

The DC’s own Gina Martin is hosting a fabulous WPOW (Women Photo Journalists of Wa) fundraiser wherein a small group of people (one need not be gender specific to attend, so boys, girls, hermaphrodites are all welcome!) will have wine and cheese with the singular Brenda Ann Kenneally at Gina’s pied-à-terre in Dupont Circle.

When I think of photographer’s photographer, I think of Ms. Kenneally, her work is so raw and intimate, taking me to unfamiliar places, made familiar by the work of concerned journalists who preceded her, but delivered with a veracity that is unparalleled, in my opine.  I’ll be there. Hope to see you too!
What: Wine, Cheese and Photography Books
When: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 7:30pm
Where: Gina Martin’s House, 1824 S Street NW
Who: Photojournalist Brenda Ann Kenneally
Cost: $20

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A Woman I Once Knew: Screening in NYC

As many of you, I am a big Rosalind Solomon fan.  I only found her work relatively recently and I experienced the same gamut of emotions as when I discovered Shirley Temple movies at age 8: the joy of the discovery and subsequent sadness when I discovered that Shirley Temple Black was 65 (at that time) and thus unavailable for play dates.  So I said to Rosalind when I first talked with her and she told me about her film, A Woman I Once Knew, “But I am just discovering your work. I don’t want to mediate your mortality!!!!!”  I know a bit close-minded and selfish, I am still a grasshopper yet.

Well, I’m a little older and emotionally prepared to handle it now. I’m going to try and get up for the screening of her film.  If you are in NYC and interested you can buy limited tickets now!

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Prominent photographer and octogenarian Rosalind Solomon’s 2010 work, A Woman I Once Knew, has been selected by the New York International Film Festival for its premier on July 23rd at 10:10 pm at Village East Cinemas.

This fantastic work explores a deep and sensual space.  It’s playful and surprising.  It blew me away”—Serena Jost

“Mysterious and ominous.  I love the movie.  I am delighted to have my music, “16” used in such a sensitive and Creative way”—Jason Eckardt

The crone is tormented. …Old, old, old.  Where will she go?  While she sleeps, unknown agents enter placing monitors and spy cameras everywhere.  She incants, she dances.  Traveling back in time, she finds herself in a boat on the Ganges River.

Rosalind Solomon’s photographs are in the collections of over 50 museums.  Her work is currently on view at MOMA in Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography (through March 2011).  She is represented by Bruce Silverstein, 535 W. 24th St., NYC.

I Love the Sound of Typewriters in the Morning

My Mixture, Rowan Oak, Oxford, Mississippi © Susana Raab 2010

NOVA Photography Professor Page Carr alerts me to the performance of Ding Ren, on both July 2 and Aug. 20, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at SAAM, of the performance “Observations with a Typewriter” in the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery at the Smithsonian’s Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture.  F and 9th streetish gallery place metro.  The perfect thing to do before hitting up Jaleo.  Send me an email if you plan to attend tonight.

What what? You ask, is this all about? Check out the Smithsonian’s blurb here.

Sarah Greenough on Alan Ginsberg Photos at the NGA: Sunday Lecture

Howl, Washington, DC © Stephen Crowley

May 23 at 2:00 pm
Seeing with the Eyes of the Angels: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg
Sarah Greenough, senior curator and head of the department of photographs, National Gallery of Art
Book signing of Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg follows. In the East Building Auditorium: first come, first serve – democracy in action!