Tod Papageorge

Artist lecture Friday, March 08, 2013 7PM
Phyllis Wattis Theater, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Passing through Eden, 1966-1992

In 1962, Tod Papageorge began to photograph while studying at the University of New Hampshire. After living in Boston, San Francisco, and Europe, he moved to New York in 1965 and was quickly accepted into a small circle of photographers engaged in transforming the documentary “style” of the medium into a poetic form driven by subjective perception over journalistic literalism.

During the 1970s, Papageorge received two Guggenheim Fellowships in photography and a pair of National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grants. Following one-year appointments at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and then Harvard University, he was named the Walker Evans Professor of Photography at the Yale University School of Art in 1979; he also served as the Director of Graduate Study in Photography until 2011.

Papageorge is the author of Public Relations: The Photographs of Garry Winogrand and Walker Evans and Robert Frank: An Essay on Influence, produced in conjunction with exhibitions he guest-curated for the Museum of Modern Art in 1977 and the Yale University Art Gallery in 1981. In 2011, Aperture published Core Curriculum, a collection of his writings on photography.

Papageorge’s photographic work has been widely exhibited internationally and is included in more than thirty major public collections. He has published three monographs: Passing through Eden: Photographs of Central Park (Steidl, 2007), American Sports, 1970, or How We Spent the War in Vietnam (Aperture, 2008), and Opera Citta (punctum, 2010).

In 2008, he was invited to the American Academy in Rome as a resident in the visual arts and, in 2010, was awarded the Rome Commission in Photography. He was the recipient of the Lucie Award for documentary photography in December 2012.

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

Jonathan Calm, Double Vision (Recording I), 2018

Jonathan Calm

Fall 2019 Residency
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

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Jonathan Calm is a visual artist who works in photography, video, installation, and performance. A central theme of his work is the relationship between photography and urban architecture, and the powerful role of images in the way architectural constructs shape the lives of individuals and communities.

In his most recent work, Calm explores the complex representation of African-American automobility from a historical and contemporary perspective, focusing and drawing on the importance and resonance of the Negro Motorist Green Book. Of this project, he explains, “the image of the infinite highway and the unbridled freedom to roam the land has always been considered a quintessential expression of the modern American spirit, but the black American experience of travel, which involves heightened subjectivity and exposure, has to this day proven a precarious privilege rather than an inalienable right.”

Calm’s art practice is international in scope and has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including Frequency at the Studio Museum in Harlem (2005); Role Play at the Tate Britain (2006); Black Is, Black Ain’t at the University of Chicago’s Renaissance Society (2008); Streetwise at the Reina Sophia Museum in Madrid (2008) and the Chelsea Art Museum (2011); deCordova Biennial at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (2013); and Rooted Movements at LMAKprojects in New York City (2014). Calm currently lives in Palo Alto, CA where he is a faculty member in the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University.