Event Posts

James Casebere, Silverstein Photography Lecture

When: Thursday, February 26, 2015, 6:30PM

Sponsored by the Howard A. Silverstein & Patricia Bleznak Silverstein Photography Lecture Series.

James Casebere was born in 1953, in East Lansing, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, from which he graduated in 1976 with a BFA. In the fall of 1977, he attended the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York and received an MFA from Cal Arts in 1979.

Casebere’s pioneering work has established him at the forefront of artists working with constructed photography. For the last thirty years, Casebere has devised increasingly complex models that are subsequently photographed in his studio. Based on architectural, art historical and cinematic sources, his table-sized constructions are made of simple materials, pared down to essential forms. Casebere’s abandoned spaces are hauntingly evocative and oftentimes suggestive of prior events, encouraging the viewer to reconstitute a narrative or symbolic reading of his work.

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Nikon Small World Exhibit

Check out this really cool exhibit right on campus at the Wistar Institute (right across form the lower quad gate)!

Nikon Small World Exhibit on view to the public from January 20–March 6, M–F, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

This is Wistar’s 12th year of hosting the Nikon Small World Exhibit in the Philadelphia region. We are the only regional host for this exhibit.

Discover the beauty and complexity of life as seen through today’s advanced microscopes. The exhibit of winning images from Nikon’s 2014 Small World photography contest gives you a glimpse into a world that most have never seen – the intersection of art and science as viewed through the lens of a microscope.

Paul Strand: The Mexican Portfolio

When: Until March 29, 2015
Where: Arthur Ross Gallery (On Campus!)

In 1932, Strand was invited by Carlos Chavez, director of the Fine Arts Department of the Secretariat of Public Education, to document the changing landscape and people of Mexico.

During the two years Strand spent in Mexico, he traveled the countryside with his Korona and Graflex large format cameras. He explored small towns, churches, religious icons, and the people who inhabited the land. Strand, like many of the artists who were making art at the Taller de Gráfica Popular print studio, worked on this project during the period when the post-revolution government sought to establish a modern national culture that would capture Mexico’s unique character.

Check out the exhibition on campus from now until March! More info here!

Urban Photography with Professor Francesca Ammon

Come join Penn Lens for our January GBM featuring Professor Francesca Ammon, an assistant professor in the Fine Arts department at Penn teaching graduate courses in City and Regional Planning. She will be sharing her journey related to city photography, and will be answering any questions related to the topic or anything students are curious about.

Professor Ammon focuses particularly on post-1945 urbanism and planning, and is a historian of the built environment. She has approached her work as a historian through the premise that the landscape materializes social relations, cultural values, and economic processes, and has the power to shape the physical world.

Come mingle with the members of Penn Lens as well as Professor Ammon!

Pizza will be served ☺

Questions? Email upennlens@gmail.com

Penn Lens Spring Info Session

Interested in photography? Love film photography, DSLR photography or simply iPhone photography and want to share your passion with others? Come join Penn Lens for our spring semester info session, as we will be discussing upcoming events for the new semester, including monthly competitions and our first annual Spring Showcase!

Pizza will be served 🙂

If you can’t make the info session but want to be added onto our listserv, please fill out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1k1K0LsFEi5wDDTg3T4VmgF2XjHqiVVNqM99YAQYT_cI/viewform

Explore Philadelphia’s Christmas Village with Penn Lens!

It’s that awesome time of the year again when all you can see are shiny lights and all you can smell is gingerbread… Christmas!

Join Penn Lens in our very first Christmas outing to Christmas Village! There will be:

– International and local merchants selling unique trinkets, apparel, artwork, jewelry, home goods, and more
– Hot and fresh European food, sweets, and drinks
– A HUGE (and bedazzled) Christmas tree and wish wall
– Live music, surprise performances, chocolate/cheese/wine tastings, and more!

This will be a fun opportunity to just hang out, get in the holiday spirit, and take tons of gorgeous pictures in this beautiful place.

We’ll be meeting at Tampons at 6pm, so bring some SEPTA tokens and then we’ll be off for some Christmas fun!

Make sure you RSVP here!

Pinhole Photography Class with SPEC

On November 16 from 12-4pm, SPEC will be hosting a Pinhole Photography Class. This workshop is a unique opportunity to learn about pinhole photography. Students will learn how to make a pinhole camera from scratch, shoot with their cameras, and develop their negatives. No prior experience is necessary and lunch will be provided. This workshop will be taught by Gush Gallery’s Stephanie Slate. Slate received her B.F.A. in photography from Pratt Institute and is currently working towards her M.F.A. at U-Arts. If interested contact art collective@specevents.net and sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1CADuQ2FF5KhMFHtsYv9dVys7u3wah1waFEkvUzcW21E/viewform. Space is limited.

Penn Appetit & Penn Lens present: Food Photography Workshop!

Always the one standing up at your table to take a photo of your meal? Come join Penn Lens and Penn Appetit at our first ever food photography workshop on November 15th from 12:30 – 1:30PM!

There are limited spots available, so sign up quickly!

Check out the Facebook event here!

Penn Art Club and SPEC Art Collective Present: Tour of Itinerant Belongings

On Friday, November 14, join Penn Art Club and SPEC Art Collective on their tour of a new exhibition on display at Charles Addams Fine Arts Hall and The Slought Foundation. The exhibition examines the work of eight artists from around the world who engage with non-traditional ideas of homeland and belonging. It will be an amazing opportunity t listen to the curators of the show itself!

The group will be meeting outside The Slought Foundation at 2:50pm.

For more information, check out the Facebook event here.