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Conversation: Other Rooms with Jo Ann Callis & Lesley A. Martin

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 
6:30 pm.

At Aperture
547 West 27th St. New York City

Lesley A. Martin, publisher of Aperture's book program will lead a discussion between herself and photographer Jo Ann Callis.  Callis' mid-1970's investigation of the nude body and sexuality shall be the focus of the dialogue.  The event coincides with the release of Callis' new text, Other Rooms.  Callis plays with elements of the every day, such as twine, belts, and tape, and juxtaposes them with the figure; together constructions and overlays elude to narratives that are provocative and seductive, but also tentatively fraught.  They balance between beauty and discomfort.  They are at once pleasurable and disquieting.  Callis' work makes us aware of the almost staple hold the nude and pleasure have in art and she toys with this truth.  

Other Rooms is a comprehensive text that offers a view of Callis's work from the 1970's; it includes Early Color works and a selection of black and white photographs.  Callis is a mainstay of 1970's photography, but she has worked in other media, including painting and sculpture.  Her work has been widely exhibited in such notable institutions as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and a retrospective of her work, Woman Twirling, was presented by the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. 

Interviewer, Lesley A. Martin is the publisher of Aperture Foundation's Book program as well as The PhotoBook Review, a biannual newsprint journal dedicated to the conversation surrounding the Photo Book.  She is the co-founder of the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Book Award; has edited over eighty books of photography; and has been published in Aperture, FOAM, Lay Flat, and Ojo de Pez, among other publications.

For more information on this discussion, please visit Aperture Foundation.

Tags:  Jo Ann Callis  Lesley A. Martin 

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