SPEAKER SERIES

The PGH Photo Fair is pleased to announce the PGH Photo Fair Speaker Series. The PGH Photo Fair, through the auspices of Fugitive Vision, LLC, will sponsor informative talks on photography at a variety of venues in Pittsburgh leading up to each edition of the fair. The series aims to augment the already rich art and photography scene in Pittsburgh with speakers who will focus on the nuts and bolts of collecting including connoisseurship, the state of the art, and an insider's view of the market.


Upcoming Events

Collector's Panel
April 17, 2014 7:00pm
Mattress Factory
500 Sampsonia Way Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Free and open to the public
No RSVP - Seating is on a first come, first served basis


Moderated by collector of works on paper and the director of PGH Photo Fair, Evan Mirapaul, the panel will be comprised of Laura Bidwell, founder of the Transformer Station (Cleveland), artist, collector of contemporary photography; Peter J. Cohen(NY), collector of vernacular and contemporary photography; Brian Lang (PGH), curator of the BNY Mellon collection of works on paper, and Woody Ostrow, Pittsburgh-based contemporary art collector.

This evening is an opportunity to hear how a broad range of collectors have started their collections, have changed their strategies over time, and to hear their views on the market today. Panel discussion followed by audience Q & A.


Daile Kaplan
April 28 2014 7:00pm
Mattress Factory
500 Sampsonia Way Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Free and open to the public
No RSVP - Seating is on a first come, first served basis


Daile Kaplan is Vice President and Director of Photographs & Photobooks at Swann Galleries, where she is also an auctioneer. Daile appears regularly as a photographs specialist on the PBS television program Antiques Roadshow, and has also appeared on The History Channel, HGTV and The Discovery Channel.

Ms. Kaplan will speak from her broad experience in the auction world using details from past and upcoming sales to introduce us to the pleasures and perils of auction buying. Guest speaker presentation followed by audience Q & A.



Sam Berkovitz
May 8, 2014 7:00pm
Mattress Factory
500 Sampsonia Way Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Free and open to the public
No RSVP - Seating is on a first come, first served basis


Sam Berkovitz is the Founder and Director of Concept Art Gallery in Pittsburgh. Mr. Berkovitz is a licensed auctioneer and certified member of the Appraisers Association of America.

Mr. Berkovitz will lead a show and tell of photographic works by artists who are either from Pittsburgh or worked extensively here. Luke Swank, W. Eugene Smith, and Clyde Hare will be featured. Examples of each artist's work will be available for examination and discussion.




Past Speakers


Marvin Heiferman
December 12, 2012 6:30pm
2013 Carnegie International Satellite Apartment

RSVP required due to limited space.
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Curator and writer Marvin Heiferman has focused on the influence of photographic images on culture and history in projects such as WHY WE LOOK on Twitter (2012- ), Fame After Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1999) and Image World: Art and Media Culture at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1989). A contributing editor to Art in America, he serves on the faculty of both the International Center of Photography/Bard College and the School of Visual Art's MFA programs in photography. He was creative consultant to the Smithsonian Photography Initiative from 2005 to 2011, during which time he conceptualized and curated click! photography changes everything (click.si.edu). In his latest book, Photography Changes Everything published this year by Aperture- Heiferman draws from the online Smithsonian Photography Initiative- offering a provocative rethinking of photography's impact on our culture and our lives. It is a reader-friendly exploration of the many ways photographs package information and values, demand and hold attention, and shape our knowledge of and experience in the world.

Deborah Bell
January 9 2013 6:30pm
Mattress Factory
500 Sampsonia Way Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Free and open to the public
No RSVP - Seating is on a first come, first served basis


Deborah Bell is the Vice President Specialist of the Photographs Department at Christie's in New York City. Ms Bell came to Christie's from a long career as a dealer of 19th and 20th century and contemporary photography, specializing in works by masters such as Irving Penn, August Sander and Bill Brandt, and publishing numerous catalogues for exhibitions in her Chelsea gallery. During more than 30 years in the field, she has also worked at the Walker Art Center and with the photographs collection of the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Deborah also taught the history of photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Deborah earned a BFA in Photography from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1976, and an M.A. in Art History from Hunter College in New York City in 1984.


Tom Gitterman
February 13, 2013 6:30pm
Mattress Factory
500 Sampsonia Way Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Free and open to the public
No RSVP - Seating is on a first come, first served basis


Tom Gitterman has been working in the fine art photography world for over 20 years. He is currently the owner of Gitterman Gallery which he founded in 2003 and opened its first exhibit in February 2004. He previously worked for Howard Greenberg Gallery (1995-2003) and Zabriskie Gallery (1991-1995). Gitterman Gallery is committed to presenting great art in photography and specializes in connoisseur level photographs. In addition to representing artists, estates and private collections, the gallery maintains an inventory of selective work that spans the history of the medium in a full range of styles and periods. The gallery has fine examples of work by established artists and also champion artists that have been overlooked by the history of the medium. Tom Gitterman guides collectors in establishing or developing a collection as well as buying or selling at auction.


Fred & Laura Ruth Bidwell
March 13, 2013 6:30pm
The Andy Warhol Museum
117 Sandusky Street Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Free and open to the public
No RSVP - Seating is on a first come, first served basis


Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell began collecting photography in 1991, the year they married. They have since amassed a highly personal catalog of contemporary art by European and North American artists using photography in their work. Laura began her career as an artist with a painting major from the University of Akron and, after a career as a graphic designer, now works on photography, video and on-demand book projects. After graduating from Oberlin College with an art history major, Fred worked as a commercial photographer before moving into advertising. In May 2012, Fred retired as Executive Chairman of the advertising agency JWT/Ogilvy Action to devote his time entirely to his interests in the arts.

Both Fred and Laura have been highly involved in supporting the work of artists and arts organizations. Laura was the founding curator of Summit ArtSpace Gallery in Akron, OH and Fred has been the board President of the Akron Art Museum twice and is a Trustee of the Cleveland Museum of Art. In 2011, Fred and Laura established the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Foundation to support creativity and innovation through the arts. In January 2013, the Bidwell Foundation opens the Transformer Station, a new arts and exhibition space in the Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland. The Bidwell Foundation will operate the facility in a unique collaboration with the Cleveland Museum of Art. The opening show in the new facility will feature selections from the Bidwell's collection of contemporary photography.


David Howe
April 10, 2013 6:30pm
The Andy Warhol Museum
117 Sandusky Street Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Free and open to the public
No RSVP - Seating is on a first come, first served basis


David Howe is an artist, curator, and collector. He is also the founder of 601Artspace, a not-for-profit organization producing unconventional exhibitions. A photographer and a collector since childhood, Howe has been a filmmaker, a money manager, and since 2001, an artist/photographer. Throughout, he has sought to observe and understand the world around him, integrating his observations professionally and artistically. He will talk about collecting as a tool for learning and a source of intellectual and emotional insight.

Founded in 2006, and using its permanent collection as a catalyst, 601Artspace has enabled encounters and explorations with curators and artists, which often extend from exhibition into talks, film screenings and special projects. Its intention is to stimulate critical dialogue and creative expression, and provide opportunities not duplicated by other commercial and non-commercial art organizations.



Nora Kennedy & Peter Mustardo
May 8, 2013 7:00pm
Carnegie Museum of Art Theater
4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Free and open to the public
No RSVP - Seating is on a first come, first served basis

Join us before for refreshments at a cash bar and take a peek at the Oh Snap photography show off the lobby of the museum.


Peter Mustardo graduated from Columbia University's Advanced Certificate Program in Preservation Administration. He was the Assistant Conservator at the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House from 1978 to 1982, Head of the Preservation Section at the New York City Municipal Archives from 1985 to 1990, and the Regional Preservation Coordinator for the National Archives in Washington, D.C. At various times he has worked at the Biblioteca Nacional in Rio de Janeiro, the Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica, Optica y Electronica in Puebla, Mexico, and the Centro di Ricerca e Archiviazione della Fotografia (C.R.A.F.) in Spilembergo Italy. He established his private practice in New York City in 1982 prior to co-founding The Better Image.

Nora Kennedy received her BFA from York University in Toronto, and her Master of Science degree in conservation from the University of Delaware / Winterthur Museum art conservation program. Nora Kennedy is the Sherman Fairchild Conservator of Photographs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and on the adjunct faculty at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. During her tenure at the Metropolitan she established a lab devoted to the conservation of photographs and has worked to expand the Museum's initiatives in education and research.




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