PRC eNewsletter
December 1, 2010

PRC Commemorates World AIDS Day

Photo by Andri Tambaum. Rika, age 17, contracted HIV from her husband.

Throughout the world, millions of people today are commemorating World AIDS Day. Photography has always played an important role in educating and sensitizing the world about the AIDS pandemic, including the seminal book by Nick and Bebe Nixon, People With AIDS, published in 1991. To commemorate this day, and to celebrate the lives of people living with AIDS, and their caregivers, the PRC would like to draw attention to this online exhibit featured on, The Struggle to Survive: HIV/AIDS in Papua, by Andri Tambaum. Papua is the most eastern province of Indonesia and borders Papua New Guinea and has the highest percentage of AIDS/HIV infection outside of Africa. This exhibit is an insiders view of how AIDS is effecting this community and how the community is fighting back to survive.

Click here to view exhibit >>

NEO December
Lyssa Palu-ay: Selections from Two Projects

Untitled #31, Boston, Massachusetts, 2003

Lyssa (pronounced lee-sah) took part in the PRC member portfolio review in June 2010. She felt that there were two distinct bodies of work in her portfolio; I was inclined to see linkages, and proposed that we show an interwoven portfolio on NEO as an experiment in blending.

One of Lyssa's projects refers specifically to the Indian Himalayas, where the Ladakh photographs were made. The "roof of the world" in northern India is also the location of the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China, formerly known as the nation of Tibet. But, like the Tibetans in exile, the signs and symbols Lyssa records are slippery, not always attached to their natural place.

Animist spirits (or are they just random gestures?) occupy both Asian and American territory. Simple materials assume ritual significance. The wheel of karma turns round and round in Lyssa Palu-ay's photographs, highlighting the profane in the sacred and the enlightened in the mundane.

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exhibitionIN THE GALLERY!
Then/Now: Recent Work by PRC Founders Carl Chiarenza and Chris Enos
November 10, 2010 - January 9, 2011

Untitled from Portal Series, 2006

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the PRC gallery and the 35th anniversary of the founding of the PRC, the PRC will honor two individuals who were instrumental in the PRC's history and photohistory in Boston, Chris Enos and Carl Chiarenza. Besides their intersecting history, lifelong careers in photo education, and mutual friendship, Enos's and Chiarenza's work shares aesthetic and conceptual affinities, including the use of recycled materials, the transformation and abstraction of the image, and references to painting and landscape. This show celebrates these two remarkable artists and individuals as well as the past and future of the gallery and the PRC itself.

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Peace Warriors and Solitudes: Recent Photographs by Carl Chiarenza - Organized and circulated by the University of Richmond Museums, Virginia

Landscape Night at the PRC

Thursday, December 2, 7 - 9 pm
Photographic Resource Center
832 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Open to all who are interested in landscape photography. Please contact the PRC at 617-975-0600 or [email protected] to reserve one of twelve available presenter slots. You're also welcome to attend without work as an audience member. Audience members don't need to register, but they must bring their curiosity about landscape photography. Presenters bring prints or show images on their own laptops, and are asked to make a brief statement about their work. Everyone's welcome to bring refreshments.

portfolioreviewPortfolio Reviews with PRC Curator George Slade
Wednesday, December 8, 1 - 4 pm
Photographic Resource Center
832 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

If you would like to reserve a spot for this month's portfolio review, please call the PRC at 617-975-0600 beginning December 1. This opportunity is for PRC Members only and is on a first come, first serve basis.

To learn about more about Portfolio Reviews >>

PRC Internship Opportunities - Spring 2011

DEADLINE: Monday, December 6, 2010

The Photographic Resource Center at Boston University offers internships that provide insight into the inner workings of non-profit arts institutions and exhibition spaces. General internship duties include (but are not limited to) daily office tasks, database maintenance, help with exhibitions, preparation for our annual fundraising event, monitoring the gallery, and support the night of opening receptions, lectures, and special events. Interns also write book / exhibition reviews for the PRC's blog.

We are currently accepting applications for spring internships. Those with an interest in photography, visual arts, exhibitions, and/or arts administration are encouraged to apply. Interns will gain insight into the inner workings of non-profit art institution and exhibition spaces.

Available internship positions include:
  • Media & Marketing Internship (updating media list, responsible for calendar listings, social media networking)
  • Grant Writing/ Grant Research Internship
  • Online Marketing and Sales Internship (researching and creating
    online store)
  • Membership and Artist Research Internship (cataloguing artists who have worked with the PRC and maintaining Membership database, compiling member and special event statistics)
  • Digital Archive Maintenance Internship (maintaining digital photographic files)
  • Hours range from 6-20 hours per week; the PRC is open 7 days a week. All internships are unpaid and we regret that we are unable to accommodate work-study students at this time.

    Please submit a cover letter, resume, and two references to Julie Kukharenko.

  • from the blog

    EXHIBITION REVIEW - Nicholas Nixon at Museum of Fine Arts Boston

    Nicholas Nixon, The Brown Sisters, 1976

    [The following review is by Ryan Cooley, a graduate student at Clark University and one of our outstanding crew of interns this fall semester.]

    The exhibition includes pictures that Nixon has made over the past thirty-six years. One portion of the show features The Brown Sisters, perhaps his most famous work. The series documents Nixon's wife Bebe and her three sisters. Since 1975 the four women have assembled annually; each year Nixon documents them, always positioned in the same order. This consistency creates an even template on which you may scrutinize the sisters for their growth and change. Inconsistencies arise as the years go on; an intensified closeness between two sisters, the shadow of Nixon and his view camera being cast over the face of his wife. Such details in individual images become obvious only by comparison to the others. The series hangs on a freestanding wall in the center of the MFA's Herb Ritts gallery, with the images installed as a six by six grid of 8 x 10-inch gelatin silver prints. This installation truly forces you to see individual picture in relation to the series as a whole. Each photograph is appreciated only relatively, as its meaning is tied to the photographs before it as well as the ones to follow.


    listingsLISTINGS: Photo Events in New England

    December 1
    New England School of Photography
    Simmer Dim, The Endless Twilight of Scottish Summer: Lance Keimig (November 29-January 7, 2011; Opening Reception with the artist: December 1, 6:30-8:30pm) 537 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215. 617-437-2868.

    December 2
    5th Annual Photo Book Auction (December 2, 6-8 pm) Godine Family Gallery, 621 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115. 617-879-7333.

    Photographic Resource Center
    Landscape Night (December 2, 7-9pm)
    832 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215.  617-975-0600.

    December 3

    Addison Woolley Gallery
    Addison Woolley & Friends (December 3-23; First Friday Reception: December 3, 5-8pm)
    132 Washington Avenue, Portland, ME 04101. 207-450-8499.

    Gallery Kayafas
    Brian Doan: they aren't ugly (December 3 - January 15; Reception: December 3, 5:30-8pm & January 7, 5:30-8pm)
    450 Harrison Avenue #37, Boston, MA 02118. 617-482-0411.

    PHOTOSTOP Gallery & Studio
    Photographers' Showcase (December 3-22; Opening Reception: December 3, 5-8pm)
    85 North Main Street, Suite 150, White River Junction, VT 05001.  802-698-0320.

    Salve Regina University
    Senior Show: Fall 2010 (November 17-23, December 1-9; Reception: December 3, 5-7pm) Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery. 100 Ochre Point Avenue, Newport, RI 02840.

    Vermont Center for Photography
    Annual Members Holiday Exhibit and Sale (December 3-January 2; Opening Reception: December 3, 5:30-8:30 pm)
    49 Flat St., Brattleboro, VT 05301. 802-251-6051.

    December 6
    Boston University
    Lecture with Alan Trachtenberg - Being There: Habitation and Photography in Works by Wright Morris (December 6, 5:30pm)
    College of Arts and Sciences Room 200, 725 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215.

    December 7
    Panopticon Gallery
    John Lennon 30th Anniversary Portfolio, Roger Farrington (November 10-January 4, 2011; Book signing and Reception with the artist and Ken Sharp: December 7, 6-8pm)
    502c Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215. 617-267-8929.

    December 9
    Anthony Greaney
    Louisa Conrad: The Workers (November 2010-January 2011; Opening Reception: December 9, 6-8pm) 450 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02218. 617-482-0055.

    Lecture: Stephen Tourlentes (December 9, 6:30pm) Tower Building, 11th Floor, 621 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115. 617-879-7333.

    December 11
    Equal Exchange Café
    Grind It (December 11, 11am-1pm) 226 Causeway Street, Boston MA 02114. 617-372-8777.

    New England School of Photography
    Black and White Abstractions - A Collection of Fine Art Photography by Chandra Guthro (December 7-February 28; Opening Reception: December 11, 6-9pm) Gallery 1295, Children's Hospital Boston, 1295 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215. 617-437-2868.

    Click here for a complete list of current exhibitions,events, and call for entries >>


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