Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Hank Willis Thomas lecture TODAY




MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN

PHOTOGRAPHY LECTURES, SPRING 2011


HANK WILLIS THOMAS
April 26, 2PM

Mass College of Art and Design
621 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA


Tower Auditorium


Click here for more information.

All lectures are open to the public.


HANK WILLIS THOMAS is a photo conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. He received his BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and his MFA in photography, along with an MA in visual criticism, from California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. Thomas’ monograph, Pitch Blackness, was published by Aperture in 2008. Thomas’ work is in numerous public collections including The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, The High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the Museum of Fine Art in Houston. Recent exhibitions include “All Things Being Equal…” at the Goodman Gallery in Cape Town, Greater New York at P.S. 1/MoMa and Contact Toronto Photography Festival. Thomas is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City.

View more of Hank Willis Thomas's work here.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Books

The books are selling quickly, so if you'd like one, get one here or pick one up at the opening on May 6th!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Photos from the opening

Thank you to everyone who came out to the opening last night.  It was a blast!  One of my absolute favorite things is when the people in my photographs come to the opening, so I always try and take a picture of them in front of their portrait.  Below are some photos from the evening:

A Place so as to Stay

My new book A Moment Collected: Photographs at the Harvard Art Museum

A Place so as to Stay

Shellburne from A Place so as to Stay

A Moment Collected: Photographs at the Harvard Art Museum

A Moment Collected: Photographs at the Harvard Art Museum

A Moment Collected: Photographs at the Harvard Art Museum

Arlette and me before the opening

Stuart and me standing in front of his portrait

Me and Rodney standing in front of his portrait

Michael and I being very serious in front of his portrait

Me and Judy in front of her portrait

David and Michael browsing A Moment Collected: Photographs at the Harvard Art Museum

Me and Chris

Me and Gus Kayafas

Sarah and Rodney, subjects in A Moment Collected: Photographs at the Harvard Art Museum

Sarah with her copy of the book

Karl, a subject in A Moment Collected: Photographs at the Harvard Art Museum, and me

Amiee and me in front of her portrait

Heather, the designer of the book and catalogue, with her partner Jo and their friend Andrea

Me and Heather

Jessie and Johnny

Me and Al Miner

Me and Vio

Shellburne and me in front of her portrait

Shellburne Thurber

Me, Sheryl, and Fish

Korrie and me

Friday, April 15, 2011

Opening tonight!

My opening at Gallery Kayafas is this evening.  If you're in the Boston area, I'd love for you to join me!  I'll also have my new book, A Moment Collected: Photographs at the Harvard Art Museum available for sale.



Jess T. Dugan:  New Work
Photographs from A Moment Collected: Photographs at the Harvard Art Museum and
A Place so as to Stay


Gallery Kayafas
450 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
www.gallerykayafas.com

Opening reception and book release:  Friday, April 15, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
First Friday reception:  Friday, May 6, 5:30-8:00 p.m.


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The catalogues are here!

I'm so thrilled that the catalogues for my show are here.  They look fantastic!  A huge thank you to Heather Latham for the design.  Swing by the opening at Gallery Kayafas on April 15th to snag a catalogue for yourself.




Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Thoughts on Portraiture on Fototazo

I am honored that I am one of twelve photographers answering the question "what makes a good portrait?" on Fototazo, a unique photography site that combines social giving and photography.  The site was started by photographer Tom Griggs in 2011 to raise funds to purchase equipment for young, emerging photographers from economically disadvantaged backgrounds from around the world that demonstrate a high level of artistic ability and commitment.  Fototazo is also full of interviews with contemporary photographers, portfolios, and photography resources and is definitely worth a look.  Check it out here.  Stay tuned to the site to catch a wonderful piece that Tom put together on photographer Steven Tourlentes (that includes pieces of the interview I did with Steve in 2008 about his prison photographs).  

Ryan and Alex, Philadelphia, PA, 2006 from Transcendence

Work from Transcendence was also recently featured on the U-Skill, a creative-oriented Italian website that covers fashion, art, photography, and communication.  Check it out here.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Transcendence- Taan

Taan, 2011


I've spent the last 17 years of my life pretending my chest wasn't mine.  And then, I had top surgery.  A switch happened; I had to care for this part of my body I rejected.  In the months following surgery, I healed physically and re-connected my body to feel more whole.

A whole body is what I am working towards.  I'm closer, but not there.  I don't know the next steps, if there are next steps.  The gender journey that I am traveling is a long winding road.  I hope one day, I will be able to feel my body and inner self in unison.  -Taan