The PGH Photo Fair provides 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.

All events are free and at the Ace Hotel Ballroom on the following Wednesdays. 6pm doors open, starts at 6:30pm.

After each lecture, everyone is invited to stay for drinks at the hotel bar.

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Feb 28th - sarah meister, curator - the museum of modern art

Sarah Meister is Curator in the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art. Her recent exhibitions include Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction (2017; co-curator) and One and One Is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers (2016-17; with accompanying publication). She is the author of Arbus Friedlander Winogrand: New Documents, 1967 (2017) and a co-editor and contributing author to the three volume series Photography at MoMA: 1840 to 1920 (2017), 1920 to 1960 (2016) and 1960 to Now (2015). She co-directs the August Sander Project, a five-year research initiative anchored by Sander’s People of the Twentieth Century, and is the lead instructor for the online course Seeing Through Photographs. Her current research explores Brazilian modernist photography and São Paulo’s Foto Cine Clube Bandeirante.

Singular Impact: Encounters with Photographs at The Museum of Modern Art
There is a significant distinction between a photograph (with its specific material presence) and a photographic image (which can be printed in myriad ways and enjoyed on a fluid array of platforms). The Museum of Modern Art (generally) collects photographs, not photographic images, and that practice has been closely linked to the Museum’s exhibition program for much of its history. But in the mid-twentieth century exhibition design at MoMA had a dramatic depressive effect on the collectability of the medium, and it was not until the 1970s that these practices were abandoned. This talk will explore these key moments in photography’s past to better understand the factors that condition our future approaches to the medium.

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March 28th - Jane Jackson, Director Emeritus, The Sir Elton John Photography Collection

 In 1989, Ms. Jackson founded Jackson Fine Art, a gallery specializing in 20th century and contemporary photography.  With her knowledge in the field, she quickly became an important voice in the international photography market.   In the 1990s, she was featured in publications such as American Photo, Art & Auction, Art & Antiques, Atlanta Magazine, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Business Week, and Forbes for her success in exhibiting and selling vintage and contemporary photographs.

In 2003, she sold Jackson Fine Art to become the first Director of the Sir Elton John Photography Collection, a position she held until 2013 when she took time off for her family.  Sir Elton’s John Collection is stored and installed at his homes in England, France, and the United States, currently the collection encompasses over 7,500 fine art photographs.

Recently, Ms. Jackson interviewed Sir Elton John for the 2017 Tate Modern exhibition catalogue of The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection. She served as curator for An Instinctive Eye: A Selection of Contemporary Photographs from the Sir Elton John Collection at the PinchukArtCenter in Kiev in 2007 and advising curator for A Chorus of Light: Photographs from The Sir Elton John Collection for the High Museum of Art in Atlanta in 2000.  She currently serves on the executive board for the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

The Sir Elton John Photography Collection
Jane Jackson, Director Emeritus of The Sir Elton John Photography Collection, will talk about the photographs that have inspired Sir Elton John to continue collecting vintage and contemporary photographs for over 27 years. She will discuss the thematic grouping within the collection and how the collection has changed through the years.

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   Photo: Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

 Photo: Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

April 25th - Naomi Beckwith, Curator - Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Naomi Beckwith is the Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, where her exhibition and book projects focus on the impact of identity and multi-disciplinary practices for shaping contemporary art. Prior to the MCA, Beckwith held positions at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and the Studio Museum in Harlem. Her numerous exhibitions include The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now and 30 Seconds off an Inch, both considering the persistent resonance of black cultural practices across contemporary art internationally. She has been an early champion of such rising artists as Rashid Johnson, Jimmy Robert, Keren Cytter, The Propeller Group, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Beckwith has contributed to numerous publications and served on the jury of the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. She holds a BA in History from Northwestern University and an MA with Distinction from the Courtauld Institute in London.

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In Conversation with Dayanita Singh

APR 11, 2018 6:00 pm–8:00 pm


Free, registration required

Carnegie International and PGH Photo Fair present Dayanita Singh in conversation with Dan Leers, Curator of Photography, Carnegie Museum of Art about her award-winning publication Museum Bhavan(Steidl, 2007), a museum in the form of a photography book

Winner of the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation 2017 Photo Book of the Year Award and the 2018 ICP Book Award, Dayanita Singh is a participant in the 2018 Carnegie International. Come hear the New Delhi-based artist speak about how her exhibitions of photography take many forms, including a jacket she will wear. This garment will inspire a short sketching session to design our own pocket museums. Snacks will follow.

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