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Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography NewsletterMay 2013

May 21, 2013


Dear Friends,


The impending arrival of summer (finally!) allows us at FEP to pause for a moment and take stock of our considerable achievements already this year, exhibitions opening at the Setagaya Art Museum in Tokyo, FORMA in Milan, Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, NC, and the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, TX, not to mention openings in Minneapolis and a few smaller communities in our home state of Minnesota. And new commitments are being confirmed presently in such diverse places as London, Melbourne, Mexico City, Wellington, NZ, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, New York City and Fort Worth, TX.

We are entering an exciting new phase for us at FEP with five exhibitions opening over the next five weeks.  Three of these are for shows that have been traveling but two of them are new co-productions being presented for the first time.


Here’s what’s coming up:


New co-productions

  • Lorna Simpson, will open on May 27 at the Jeu de Paume, Paris.  Her first major museum retrospective in Europe, it was curated by noted independent curator, Joan Simon, co-produced together with the Jeu de Paume in association with the Haus der Kunst, Munich.  This exhibition will be the first venue of an international tour.  The catalogue is being co-published by Prestel and FEP in English and French.


  • Optic Nerve: the Continuing Saga of Arno Rafael Minkkinen will open on July 1 at Les Rencontres d’Arles.  This show was co-produced with Les Rencontres d’Arles and curated by Francois Hebel, the first show of an extended international tour.


Continuing to travel


  • Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast will open on June 14 at the City Art Centre in Edinburgh.   This exhibition was curated by FEP curator, Nathalie Herschdorfer.  It is the third venue on the tour and will continue through the popular summer festival.  The catalogue is being published by Thames & Hudson in association with FEP in English, French, Italian, German and most recently Russian.


  • Arnold Newman: Masterclass will open on June 26 at the San Diego Museum of Art, the fourth venue of an international tour.  It was curated by FEP curator, William Ewing, the companion catalogue is also being published by Thames & Hudson in association with FEP.


  • Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, the Condé Nast Years, 1923-1937 will open on June 27 at the exciting venue in Amsterdam, FOAM, third venue of the world travels of this version of the exhibition.  It was curated by FEP curators, William Ewing, Nathalie Herschdorfer and yours truly, the catalogue being published by FEP Editions in five languages, English, French, Italian, German and Spanish.


We are extremely pleased, indeed humbled, to be working with these outstanding artists and/or their heirs and representatives, as well as these world-renowned museums, festivals and archives.  For the three shows already on tour, there remains but a few openings for interested museums.  For our Lorna Simpson show, we are actively seeking one or two more museums to fill out the tour.  For the recently conceived Optic Nerve, we are eager to find first European and then American museums to present this selection of this artist’s 40-year body of self-portraiture.


Finally, this June will also see the second year of The Todi Circle, a retreat we run in a remote corner of Umbria, Italy, at Todi Castle. Here we welcome a dozen highly accomplished curators, collectors, publishers, sponsors, critics, educators, gallery directors, and photographers, who come together for the better part of a week to reflect on the "future(s) of photography". No formal papers are given; emphasis is on unhurried and spontaneous conversation. This is an invitation-only event, and unique in our field. For more information, contact the director of The Todi Circle, William Ewing [williamewing@bluewin.ch].


We look forward to seeing some, possibly even many, of you during these next few weeks. We are currently working on seven new exhibitions - two contemporary monographs and one contemporary thematic show, three historic monographs and one historic survey - so we should have many more of these opportunities over the years to come!


Best wishes for a great summer!


Todd Brandow

Executive Director


Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography