Valentine’s Day and Black History Month bring a season focused on love, recognition and appreciation for ourselves and others. Fotografiska New York invites all to join them for a month for Love Potion Workshops, Intimate Portrait Sessions, Celebrations of Artists of Color, and more. Kicking it off, a hardcore love fest bursting with red hearts, pink roses and burning devotion. Beginning on Friday, February 12th, guests can book photo sessions, craft love potions, and deeply explore their own radical self love through guided journaling.
Moving forward, a new installation presented by Black Artist Fund & Fotografiska New York ~ Tracking Down Intimacy, will be on view through May 2.
Fotografiska New York is proud to partner with Black Artist Fund (BAF) to present Tracking Down Intimacy, a selection of 14 images created by three 2020 grantee photographers: Chanell Stone, Edward Cushenberry, and Kendall Bessent.
These artist challenge the viewer to stop time for a moment. The installation features photographs exploring the themes of loss, closeness, tenderness, and power during a time when intimacy is on hold for many.
Crush or Commitment! Private Portrait Sessions with Photographer Terry Gruber from Saturday, February 12th through Sunday, February 14th. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with portrait sessions by award-winning photographer Terry Gruber. Set in the stunning, adjoining Chapel Bar with lush velvet curtains and mood lighting, guests can choose to be photographed solo or with their date, lover, or friend (or some combination of the three). Packages start with a “Valentine’s Crush” 20 minute session, up to “Valentine’s Commitment” one hour session.
Love Potions: An Herbalism Workshop with Moon Mother Apothecary on Saturday, February 13th. “Love of self is a prerequisite for love of another,” says Suhaly Bautista-Carolina, spiritual herbalist, community organizer, and founder of Moon Mother Apothecary.
Join Suhaly for an evening of hands-on herbal medicine-making, loving affirmations, and ritual, intended to welcome sweetness and compassion into our hearts every day of the year. Participants will learn how to create the Moon Mother’s “love potion,” featured in New York Times Magazine.
This session is part of an on-going herbalism workshop series in recognition of the exhibition Brief & Drenching by photographer Naima Green. A selection of Mother Moon Apothecary teas, salves, tinctures and elixirs are available at The Shop, both in-store and online.
Radical Self Love: A Guided Journaling Workshop on Sunday, February 14th ~ Online. Join in for a virtual evening of art, meditation and journaling with Linda Duverné. Linda Duverné (she/her) is a conscious connector of community healing, meditation and journaling guide, and keeper of Haitian heritage. She consciously connects people to their feelings, seen and unseen, to begin their own journey of self-exploration.
In this workshop, participants will write their feelings and bring items for support (i.e. tea, candles, blankets, essential oil) which remind them of being loved and worthy. This session is for anyone looking to give themselves more tender loving care, and is inspired by the exhibition Brief & Drenching by photographer Naima Green.
“We Are Here: Visionaries of Color Transforming the Art World,” book launch and live conversation with author Jasmin Hernandez on Tuesday, February 16th. On the occasion of Jasmin Hernandez’s debut book release, We Are Here: Visionaries of Color Transforming the Art World, Artist and Curator Yelaine Rodriguez will lead a conversation with author Jasmin Hernandez along with fellow New York-based Afro-Dominican thought disruptors Suhaly Bautista-Carolina and Danny Báez, to discuss Black Latinx cultural production, locally and beyond.
Confidently curated by Jasmin Hernandez, the dynamic founder of Gallery Gurls, We Are Here presents the bold and nuanced work of Black and Brown visionaries transforming the art world. Centering BIPOC, with a particular focus on queer, trans, nonbinary, and BIWOC, this collection features fifty of the most influential voices in New York, Los Angeles, and beyond.
Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase at The Shop, both in-store and online.
“Tracking Down Intimacy” ~ A new installation presented by Black Artist Fund & Fotografiska on view February 17 through May 2, 2021. Fotografiska New York is proud to partner with Black Artist Fund (BAF) to present Tracking Down Intimacy, a selection of 14 images created by three 2020 grantee photographers: Chanell Stone, Edward Cushenberry, and Kendall Bessent. The installation features photographs exploring the themes of loss, closeness, tenderness, and power during a time when intimacy is on hold for many.
Black Artist Fund is a nonprofit organization combating systemic inequity in art by providing grants to Black artists in the United States. Founded as a fundraising initiative in 2020, BAF’s mission is to support the broadening of opportunities for Black cultural creatives, while continuing to focus on delivering funds directly to Black artists.
Photographers Stone, Cushenberry and Bessent were previously chosen as grantees by the BAF voting committee, and were selected by Fotografiska New York and BAF Founder Claudia Eng for this installation based on the quality and impact of the work. This installation is an extension of the partnership between Fotografiska New York and Black Artist Fund, initially formed to further contextualize the exhibition of Andres Serrano’s Infamous.
Edward Cushenberry’s beautiful publication on exhibition, While Nothing Lasts, will be available for purchase at The Shop both in-store and online.
‘Inhabiting’ ~ Now Playing: A Look Back at Joseph Arthur’s Residency & Performance. A year has flown by since singer-songwriter and multimedia artist Joseph Arthur moved into Fotografiska New York’s Main Stage for a two-week residency he titled Inhabiting.
From January 29, 2020 – February 12, 2020, Arthur communed with members and guests sharing in his creative process while painting, reading and writing poetry, and recording his popular podcast series, “Come To Where I’m From”. The residency ended with a concert on the final evening of his stay.
In honor of Inhabiting’s one-year anniversary, and during these unprecedented times when we cannot gather, Fotografiska New York is pleased to share Arthur’s concert online.
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