The Legacy of Lisette Model with discussants Larry Fink, photographer and co-curator of Lisette Model and Her Successors; Ann Thomas, author of a Lisette Model monograph; and photographers Gary Schneider and Rosalind Solomon. This session is moderated by Willam Hunt, Hasted Hunt Gallery.
Lisette Model's edgy, indelible point of view gave rise to a portrait of America at all social levels. Her New York City locales ranged from Coney Island to jazz clubs to local hangouts to Fifth Avenue. In 1951, Model was invited to teach at the New School for Social Research, where Berenice Abbott, a longstanding friend, was also teaching photography. Model soon developed into an outstanding mentor, impacting many significant artists, including those on the panel and featured in the exhibit Lisette Model and Her Successors, on view at Aperture gallery- The New School
Larry Fink has been photographing for almost fifty-one years and teaching for forty-one. He has received two Guggenheim fellowships and two National Endowment for the Arts grants. He has had one-man exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. A major retrospective of his work was on tour in Europe for almost ten years visiting more museums than it is possible to mention. He recently had a show at Camerawork in Berlin.
In 1984, Aperture published a book of his work, Social Graces. A new edition of this book was published in 2001 by powerHouse Books, who has also published two other monographs of Larry's work, Boxing and Runway, and a catalog published in 2004, Forbidden Pictures, 07/19/01 which was a political satire prompted by the GW Bush Regime.
W.M. Hunt is a new York-based collector, curator and consultant; a champion of photography. He is the Director of Photography at Ricco/Maresca Gallery in Chelsea. His Collection Dancing Bear consists of enigmatic images of people whose eyes cannot be seen. The collection has been profiled in The New York Times and on PBS. His The Walls of the Dancing Bear Cave is an upbeat, irreverent take on collecting which he has presented to museum groups in New York, Houston, Los Angeles and many other places around the country. Hunt began his career as a dealer/curator when he curated delirium for Ricco/Maresca later adapted into an issue of Aperture. He also serves on the Board of Directors for AIPAD (Association of International Photography Art Dealers), and adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts, and was the former chairman of Photographers and Friends United Against AIDS and is the current Chairman of the Center for Photography at Woodstock.
Gary Schneider earned a BFA from the University of Cape Town in South Africa and an MFA from Pratt Institute in New York City. His work has been reviewed or featured in publications such as Art Forum, Art on Paper, The New York Times, and Le Temps, among others.
He has shown internationally, including an exhibition of Genetic Self-Portrait at the Musee de l'Elysee Lausanne in Switzerland, John at the Stephen Daiter Gallery in Chicago, From Life at PPOW Gallery in New York City and Interface at the Howard Yezerski Gallery in Boston. His work is included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Brooklyn Museum of Art, National Gallery of Canada, the Boston Museum of Fine Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Yale University Art Gallery and the International Center of Photography. He is an adjunct professor at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City.
Since 1968 Rosalind Solomon has made photographs of the rituals and rhythms of non-industrial life, as well as investigating related concerns closer to home. She turns her lens to the varying cultures of such places as India, Haiti, Colombia, Poland, Mali, Zimbabwe, and her native United States. In 1986 alone she visited Mexico, France, and Indonesia. Though Solomon is perhaps most famous for her portraits, her oeuvre also includes work like the 1987 print Pillarama, Indonesia in which the human presence is only implied, in this case by a line of drying clothes neatly weaving through an outdoor space anchored by five unbalanced pillars.
Rosalind Fox was born April 2, 1930 in Highland Park, Illinois. In 1951 she received a BA degree in political science from Goucher College in Baltimore Maryland and traveled to Belgium and France with The Experiment in International Living. She married in 1953 and took the name Solomon. She decided to become a photographer in 1968 after traveling in Japan, Thailand, and Cambodia, and went on to study photography with Lisette Model in the early 1970s. She was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 1979, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for 1988-1989, and grants from the American Institute of Indian Studies from 1981 to 1984 to photograph in Peru, Ecuador, India, and Nepal. The Museum of Contemporary Photography presented her solo exhibition Rosalind Solomon: Rites and Ritual in 1990. Other solo exhibitions of her work have been held at Willy-Brandt-Haus, Berlin; Museo de Arte de Lima; Instituto de Estudios Norte Americanos, Barcelona, Spain; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego; Museum of Modern Art, New York; George Eastman House, Rochester, New York; and Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, among others.
Ann Thomas is the author of a Lisette Model monograph.