Lectures & Special Events
Since 1977 CPW has hosted lectures and special events to educate, encourage, inform, and inspire photographers and audiences of all ages.
Located at CPW in the idyllic town of Woodstock, NY, CPW’s Special Events and Lectures brings nationally and internationally regarded photographers to the heart of the Catskills. From artist talks to panel discussions, portrait events and pop up shows, CPW offers a wide range of photo-happenings throughout the year!
“Ask the Curators” Q&A / Mixer / Pizza Party
Friday, May 19 at 7pm
Join us for a Q&A and Mixer with Curators. In a kick-off for the Woodstock Portfolio Review Weekend, we will be meeting for a casual evening to discuss some of the dos and don’ts when interacting with curators. Want to know what the characteristics of a strong portfolio are, or the preferable format of correspondence to curators? Come to the Q&A. And did we mention PIZZA?
We have a killer line-up of curators at the Q&A: Elizabeth Avedon, Hannah Frieser, Charles Guice and Roger Ricco. More will be in the audience. So ask away!
Tickets to the event are $5 per person. The event is FREE to anybody who is participating in the portfolio reviews.
2017 Vision Award Honoree: Dr. Deborah Willis
CPW Awards & Benefit Auction
Thursday, October 12, 2017, 7-9pm, at Affirmation Arts in NYC
CPW is pleased to announce the 2017 CPW Awards & Benefit Auction in a celebration of CPW’s 40th Anniversary. The highly anticipated benefit will take place on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Affirmation Arts (523 West 37th Street, New York, NY). This year’s event honors Dr. Deborah Willis with CPW’s highest recognition, the Vision Award. Proceeds from this event support CPW’s programs, which champion artists through residencies, workspace and other support, and provide opportunities for the photo community to engage with thought-provoking exhibitions, workshops and professional resources.
ABOUT OUR HONOREE:
Deborah Willis, Ph.D, is University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and has an affiliated appointment with the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Social & Cultural, Africana Studies, where she teaches courses on photography and imaging, iconicity, and cultural histories visualizing the black body, women, and gender. Her research examines photography’s multifaceted histories, visual culture, the photographic history of Slavery and Emancipation, contemporary women photographers, and beauty.
She received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and was a Richard D. Cohen Fellow in African and African American Art, Hutchins Center, Harvard University, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, and an Alphonse Fletcher, Jr. Fellow. She has pursued a dual professional career as an art photographer and as one of the nation’s leading historians of African American photography and curator of African American culture.
Dr. Willis is the author of Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present; Out [o] Fashion Photography: Embracing Beauty; Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers – 1840 to the Present; Let Your Motto be Resistance – African American Portraits; Family History Memory: Photographs by Deborah Willis; VAN DER ZEE: The Portraits of James Van Der Zee; co-author of The Black Female Body: A Photographic History with Carla Williams; Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery with Barbara Krauthamer; and Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs (both titles a NAACP Image Award Winner). She lectures widely and has authored many papers and articles on a range of subjects including The Image of the Black in Western Art, Gordon Parks Life Works, Steidl, Volume II; America’s Lens in Double Exposure: Through the African American Lens; “Photographing Between the Lines: Beauty, Politics and the Poetic Vision of Carrie Mae Weems,” in Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography & Video, and “Malick Sidibé: The Front of the Back View” in Self: Portraiture and Social Identity. Dr. Willis is editor of Picturing Us: African American Identity in Photography; and Black Venus 2010: They Called Her “Hottentot,” which received the Susan Koppelman Award for the Best Edited Volume in Women’s Studies by the Popular Culture/American Culture Association in 2011.
Exhibitions of her art work include: A Sense of Place, Frick, University of Pittsburgh; Regarding Beauty, University of Wisconsin, Interventions in Printmaking: Three Generations of African-American Women, Allentown Museum of Art; A Family Affair, University of South Florida; I am Going to Eatonville, Zora Neale Hurston Museum; Afrique: See you, see me; Progeny: Deborah Willis + Hank Willis Thomas. Gantt Center.
Dr. Willis’ curated exhibitions include: “Convergence,” Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans; “Out [o] Fashion Photography: Embracing Beauty,” Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, “Visualizing Emancipation,” Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, “Gordon Parks: 100 Moments,” Schomburg Center; “Posing Beauty Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits” at the International Center of Photography and “Social in Practice: The Art of Collaboration,” Nathan Cummings Foundation.
In addition to making art, writing, and teaching, she has served as a consultant to museums, archives, and educational centers. She has appeared and consulted on media projects including the documentary films such as Through A Lens Darkly, Question Bridge: Black Males, a transmedia project which received the ICP Infinity Award 2015, and American Photography, a PBS Documentary. Since 2006 she has co-organized thematic conferences exploring imaging the black body in the West. Dr. Willis has been elected to the board of the Society for Photographic Education, where she was Chair of the Board and received the Honored Educator Award in 2012 and the College Art Association. She holds honorary degrees from Pratt Institute and the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is currently researching a book on an early 20th century portraitist and educator.
photo: Hank Willis Sr.
Please join us at the 2017 CPW Awards & Benefit Auction on October 12, 2017 to celebrate Dr. Willis’ remarkable accomplishments. Tickets to the event are now on sale, starting at $125.
Join us for a Portfolio Review Weekend in Woodstock, May 20-21, plus Q&A on May 19. Reviewers include Elizabeth Avedon, Jesse Blatt, Elliott Brown, Clinton Cargill, Karen Davis, Elizabeth Dubben, Elizabeth Ferrer, Hannah Frieser, Charles Guice, Jan Nagle, Fabienne Powell, Elizabeth Renstrom, Roger Ricco and Miriam Romais.
REGISTER NOW. Review session packages start at $150 for 3 reviews. 2017 members will receive a $50 discount on their first package purchase as a benefit of membership (if you did not receive a code via email PLEASE contact us at 845-679-9957 BEFORE checking out).
Priority registration will be offered for session package purchases through April 9th. Remaining single sessions for $65 may be purchased beginning April 12. No discount will be given for single session purchases. Registered participants will receive a preference list prior to the reviews.
Please cancel no later than Friday, May 5 at 5:00 pm to receive a refund on all sessions. No refunds will be given after this date.
MEET OUR REVIEWERS
Monday, October 31, 2016 4-7pm
Have your ghosts and goblins, heroes and villains beautifully photographed by Dion Ogust!
Join us on Monday, October 31, 4-7pm during the Woodstock Halloween Parade. No reservations required!
SAY BOO! takes place on the porch of CPW, located at 59 Tinker Street, Woodstock NY.
For a $20 tax deductible donation, your spooky likeness will be emailed to you as a high-resolution digital file,
or for a $35 tax deductible donation you’ll receive a digital file by email, and an 8×10 inkjet print by snailmail!
Proceeds raised at Say Boo! support CPW’s programs including workshops, school visits, after-school offerings, and more!
Check out scenes from past SAY BOO! events by clicking here.
Saturday, August 6 at 2-5pm
Photographer Rachel Papo with authors Ariel Shanberg and Holly Graff
Spend a lovely Saturday afternoon with us to celebrate the publication of Rachel Papo’s book Homeschooled.
While living in Woodstock, NY with her husband and baby daughter, Papo developed her interest in counter-culture education. As criticism of the U.S. education system grew on a national level she decided to explore this controversial topic in depth and challenge her own prejudgments on the issue. In 2011, she began to photograph a small number of families living in the Catskills, who practice homeschooling. Papo focused particularly on the children, in an attempt to capture what she describes as “their spirit, and the meaning of growing up outside the conventional four classroom walls.”
Friday, August 5 at 7:30pm at CPW
Join us to hear about Pipo’s newest projects, his life, his experience during the American War in his early Viet Nam days, early career as teen ping pong champion, and more. It’s one not to be missed.
Growing up close to the demilitarized zone of the 18th Parallel, Pipo Nguyen-duy describes hearing gunfire every day of his early life. He immigrated to the US as a political refugee. In his art, Pipo has often returned to the psychological or physical manifestations of war and our fragile sense of safety. His first rendition of the East of Eden series concentrated on the psychological aftermath of 9/11, when people came to realize that they cannot be certain of their physical or emotional safety. The second part took him back to Viet Nam, where he photographed survivors of the war without revealing what side of the war they fought on. Opposite to our expectations, these photographs represent a striking resilience and celebration of life that has overcome the unthinkable.
He has received key grants and fellowships, such as a Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography and a grant from the National Endowment for The Arts.
“His passion for life and the people in it clearly defines who he is as an artist and the photographs he creates.” – Hannah Frieser
Image: Pipo Nguyen-duy, Mountain Fire, 2002, from the series East of Eden