David Levi Strauss

Artist lecture Thursday, November 13, 2014 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, San Francisco
David Levi Strauss, photo by Sterrett Smith.

David Levi Strauss is an award-winning critic and writer based in New York. His essays and reviews regularly appear in publications including Artforum, Aperture, Art in America and The Nation. He is the author of From Head to Hand: Art & the Manual (Oxford University Press, 2010), Between the Eyes: Essays on Photography and Politics (Aperture, 2003), and Between Dog & Wolf: Essays on Art and Politics (Autonomedia 1999), among many others.

Strauss studied photography at Goddard College and the Visual Studies Workshop. He moved to San Francisco in 1978, where he studied in the Poetics Program at New College of California under Robert Duncan. He also served as the editor and publisher of the literary journal ACTS: A Journal of New Writing until relocating to New York City in 1993. Strauss was the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship in 2003-2004 and the Infinity Award for Writing from the International Center of Photography in 2007. From 2000-2005, he was a faculty member at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. He is now Chair of the MFA program in art criticism & writing at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

This year, Aperture published Words Not Spent Today Buy Smaller Images Tomorrow, a series of Strauss’ essays that explore photography’s ever-changing role in contemporary culture and the issues and events altering the way we consider the medium.


Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program

Pier 24 Photography is pleased to present the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program in collaboration with California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Each year, the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program brings six photographers, writers, and curators to San Francisco to offer free and open lectures, and to work one-on-one with students at California College of the Arts.

Larry Sultan Photography Award

Awoiska van der Molen, #256-17, 2009

Awoiska van der Molen

Fall 2017 Residency
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

Click HERE for more information on the Larry Sultan Photography Award

The work of Awoiska van der Molen (b. 1972, Netherlands) develops from a desire to comprehend the core of the isolated world she photographs. In order to achieve the sense of solitude necessary to gain access to the stoic nature of the landscape, she spends long periods of time isolated in the natural environment. She takes time to experience the landscape and penetrates deep into the essence of the remote, hushed world created in her photographs. She immerses herself in the landscape, moves slowly, returns repeatedly and by doing so makes these unknown places her own. This gradual and solitary working process continues into the darkroom where her pictures are printed by hand—an intimate process—further imparting a unique stillness that emanates from her work.