Weekly Roundup: Salgado at ICP, Photoville and Tribute to Ntozake Shange’s Colored Girls

Weekly Roundup: Salgado at ICP, Photoville and Tribute to Ntozake Shange’s Colored Girls

Sebastião Salgado, In the Upper Xingu region of Brazil’s Mato Grosso state, a group of Waura Indians fish in the Puilanga Lake near their village. Brazil. 2005. © Sebastião Salgado/Amazonas images—Contact Press Images.

Sebastião Salgado: Genesis, the last show to be exhibited at the ICP’s midtown museum location, is now open and on view through January 11, 2015. At a preview event last night I got a glimpse of this momentous exhibit. I’ve always been a fan, but witnessing Salgado’s passion and commitment to climate change issues (specifically deforestation) made me appreciate his work more and view it differently.

Even if you’re not concerned with the environment, this exhibit is must-see for photographic practitioners of all levels. The technical details in Salgado’s prints, the tonal range, composition and his signature contrast really make each print an object worth admiring. Lastly, the “SUMO size” collector’s edition Genesis photo book is also on view in a glass case and for those of you who have the funds ($4,000) to purchase a signed copy, make sure you have the space for it too… The book weighs a massive 130 lbs!

Installation view of Chris Barlett’s “Iraqi Detainees” exhibit at Phtotoville 2015

Photography Gets Out of the Gallery at Brooklyn’s Photoville 
September 18 – 28, 2014 
Pier 5 – Brooklyn Bridge Park
Last night’s opening of Photoville was Brooklyn’s art scene at its finest. Walking around this urban space on the water and stepping into individual exhibits housed in re-purposed shipping containers felt like a refreshing way to see photography. Some exhibits like the one shown here by Chris Barlett took advantage of the dark, enclosed nature of the containers. It’s hard to see everything during one visit but be sure to check out the portraits by Delphine Diallo curated by Jamel Shabazz and the ICP-Bard MFA class of 2015’s CALL + RESPONSE + RESPONSE exhibit.

Zun Lee’s Father Figure Book Launch
Friday, September 19, 2014
Bronx Documentary Center

This B&W photographic series which provides a contemporary view of Black male fatherhood has been getting a lot of press lately. Join photographer Zun Lee for a book signing tonight to celebrate the publication of this important work and stay tuned to Dodge & Burn next week for an interview with Lee!

Copyright Allison Janae Hamilton

Allison Janae-Hamilton’s Kingdom of the Marvelous
Artist talk and reception Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 3-6pm ET
RUSH Arts Gallery 

This work was created while Allison Janae-Hamilton was in residence at the gallery. It is a re-staging of photographs from Hamilton’s collection of her family’s photo albums from rural Tennessee as well as classic studio and fashion portraits depicting African-American life.  In this series, Hamilton asks questions about representation and self-fashioning by interrogating and reenacting persistent gestures in both studio and vernacular portraiture of the first half of the twentieth century. On the last day of the exhibit, 9/20, join the artist talk with Hamilton from

i found god in myself: The 40th Anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls 
On view through Saturday, January 3, 2015 
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Check out this unique exhibit of mixed media work including photography by ICP-Bard MFA graduate Nona Faustine. By presenting visual works from both women and men, all races and various generations, i found god in myself explores the universality inherent in Shange’s powerful message to the world.


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