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Uncanny Effects: Robert Giard’s Currents of Connection temporarily closed

The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art is temporarily closed in support of New York City’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, so “Uncanny Effects: Robert Giard’s Currents of Connection” is not currently on view. Although the exhibit is closed, you can read about it in these two articles. “Buffering the Lens” offers a glimpse of the exhibition and explains the approach of curators Ariel Goldberg and Noam Parness as they assembled this retrospective of Robert Giard’s work. Giard’s practice was highly personal as well as historical, since he sought to understand the cultural production, experiences, and environments of the artists, writers, activists and friends he photographed. Goldberg and Parness delve into Giard’s archive of letters and notes to deepen our understanding of the context for his work. "Cultural Connections" is an interview with the curators—Ariel Goldberg and Noam Parness—in Aesthetica magazine.

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Online panel to honor Robert Giard

Variously Documenting: Methods of Portraiture, on Zoom March 31st In conversation with the current exhibition Uncanny Effects: Robert Giard's Currents of Connection, this event brings together three contemporary photographers--Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., Naima Green, and Ian Lewandowski—who are documenting queer communities. Moderated by Ariel Goldberg, this conversation will explore how their specific photographic practices in and around portraiture relate to legacies of image-making in LGBTQ communities of the 1970s-1990s. The panel will take place on Zoom, Tuesday March 31st  6:30 – 8:30 pm Register today on Eventbrite  Space is limited!

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Terrence McNally and Maurice Berger

The Robert Giard Foundation is saddened by the deaths of Terrence McNally and Maurice Berger, whose portraits were taken by Robert Giard. The spread of COVID-19 and its accompanying public health precautions have left many of us feeling fearful and uncertain. Artists have the gift of embracing uncertainty and contradiction in all their beauty and strangeness, showing us other worlds within the one we inhabit, and uplifting us in difficult times. Their art lives within us.

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Picturing Activism — Sunday, September 8

A Panel Discussion Celebrating the Robert Giard Exhibition at the East Hampton, NY Library Date: Sunday, September 8 Time: 5 PM Place: East Hampton Library Robert Giard’s portraits of LGBTQ+ writers and activists were made at a particular moment in history — the 1980s and 1990s — when the gay community was reeling from the impact of the AIDS crisis. Today these powerful images prompt us to ask new questions about the relationship between art and activism across a range of pressing social issues.   Lola Flash uses photography to challenge stereotypes and offer new ways of seeing that transcend and interrogate gender, sexual, and racial norms. She received her bachelor's degree from the Maryland Institute and her Masters from London College of Printing, in the UK. Flash works primarily in portraiture with a 4x5 film camera, engaging those who are often deemed invisible. Flash’s work welcomes audiences who are willing to not only look, but see. lolaflash.com. Carlos Sandoval, an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, is on faculty at the Columbia School of Journalism. A sometime lawyer, Carlos writes a monthly column for The East Hampton Press and is currently at work on a family memoir spanning over 11 generations in what is now the United States. caminobluff.com. Kathryn Szoka is a photographer of communities in transition, including Bridgehampton’s African-American community and the coal region in eastern Pennsylvania. Her recent series, WITNESS, uses landscape imagery as a commentary on contemporary culture. Szoka is represented by the Robin Rice Gallery in New York and teaches photography. She is co-owner of Canio's Books in Sag Harbor, and co-chair of PEER, a multi-issue grassroots organization on the East End. kathrynszoka.com. Moderator Rabbi Jan Uhrbach is the spiritual leader of the Conservative Synagogue of the Hamptons. In addition to her congregational work, Rabbi Uhrbach is on the faculty of the Jewish Theological Seminary and serves there as Director of the recently established Block/Kolker Center for Spiritual Arts. Before joining the rabbinate she was a partner in a New York City law firm specializing in media litigation. synagoguehamptons.org/about-us/rabbi-jan-uhrbach/ Register for your free ticket ›››   Event Sponsors: The Robert Giard Foundation The Conservative Synagogue of the Hamptons The East Hampton Public Library

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Limited edition print by Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Support the Robert Giard Foundation by purchasing a limited edition print by artist and Foundation board member Paul Mpagi Sepuya. Mirror Study (_2040670), 2017, archival pigment print, 10 x 13 inches (paper size 19 x 21), Edition of 20 with 2APs Prints can be purchased for $1,200 each. All proceeds go to support the future of the Robert Giard Foundation Fellowship for photographers and filmmakers. We arrange for the gallery to ship the print by FedEx.   For questions and information on purchasing an edition, email [email protected]                ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Paul Mpagi Sepuya (b. 1982, San Bernardino, CA) is a Los Angeles-based artist working in photography. Sepuya’s work has been covered and published in ARTFORUM, Aperture, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Art Review, Frieze, Art in America, Monocle, Osmos, The Nation, and he is a recipient of the 2017 Rema Hort Mann Foundation’s grant for Los Angeles artists. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the International Center for Photography, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Carnegie Museum, among others. Solo exhibitions include “Double Enclosure” at Fotomuseum Amsterdam (2018); “Dark Room” at Document, Chicago (2018) and “Dark Room” at team (bungalow), Los Angeles; and “Figures, Grounds and Studies” at Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York City (both 2017). Sepuya was recently featured in “Being: New Photography 2018” at the Museum of Modern Art and “Trigger” at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City (2018). His first museum survey of work from 2006 - 2018 will open May 2019 at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Upcoming exhibitions include a project for the Whitney Biennial 2019, and group exhibitions at the Walker Art Center, Guggenheim Museum, Getty Museum, and Contemporary Art Museum Houston. Sepuya is currently visiting artist faculty at California Institute of the Arts and has been on the board of the Robert Giard Foundation since 2009.

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