I’m happy to announce a curatorial collaboration with critic A.D. Coleman will open this coming Friday at The Petrified Forest Gallery here in London. I’ve curated a small reading room space in the gallery, and Coleman will be making appearances throughout the month of June via video chat for open discussions and panel talks. Here’s the announcement:
A.D. Coleman is a world-renowned writer, critic, lecturer, curator, and teacher. Prolific and multifaceted, engaged and controversial, Coleman is the author of eight books and over two thousand essays on photography criticism and related subject matter. Reading Room extends Coleman’s online seminars in practical criticism by providing a physical library space to inhabit and explore. Visitors are encouraged to participate actively in the space and its discussions, engaging critically with both a selection of Coleman’s writings and a curated collection of associated literary and critical texts, art-historical surveys, and photography monographs. Visitors are invited to converse with Coleman face-to-face via video chat in a series of active dialogues regarding photography scholarship and education, the roles and expectations of the museum and the art institution, the trajectory of art criticism and Coleman’s own career as a critic, and his tactical decisions as a writer. These discussions are open-ended and intended to foster in all participants a critical awareness of their reading and the development of strategies for their own writing. For educators, the Reading Room is also a space to discuss teaching methods.
Reading Room will also host a series of mini-exhibitions, performances, and discussion panels throughout the month of June by London-based artists. Check https://www.facebook.com/ReadingRoomADColeman for up-to-date announcements and events listings, or email email@example.com for more details.
Coleman has written for The Village Voice, The New York Times, New York Observer, ARTnews, and Art on Paper. Coleman’s honours include the J Dudley Johnston Award for lifetime achievement in writing about photography, awarded by the Royal Photographic Society (UK) in 2010. Coleman is also a pioneer of internet-based criticism, having founded The Nearby Café (nearbycafe.com) in 1995. The additional websites he now publishes include The Photography Criticism CyberArchive (photocriticism.com) and both The New Eyes Project (k12photoed.org) and Teaching Photography (teachingphoto.com), two significant resources for furthering photography education. Coleman also regularly contributes work to his personal blog, Photocritic International (photocritic.com).
“A lot of contemporary writing about photography, about media, etc. particularly post-modern writing is highly jargonized, very very dense, and in my experience very off-putting and difficult to get into, especially for undergraduates. … I have found that by going to other kinds of presentations of those writers’ ideas whether that’s interviews, conversations, etcetera, whether it’s in print or in some kind of video format, or even audio format the writers are often more likely to unpack their ideas. … That material is often more accessible.”
A.D. Coleman, VASA Seminar, 2012
No Party is a publishing collective that was, at one point, based in Vancouver. They produce stunning books of photographs. Right now we have Ruth Skinner’s Heads of Education and Alexa Kirsten Stroth’s Three Quarries. More on the way!
Heads of Education: $15, softcover
Three Quarries: $20, softcover
more pictures below!
No Party is (at least temporarily) scattered to the winds, but some of our books are currently available for purchase at Or Gallery’s bookstore in Vancouver.
Thanks, Or! <3 <3 <3