22 Juried Show Blog Exhibition Curated by Paula Tognarelli

What we have done with the 22nd Juried Show: Peter Urban Legacy Exhibition…

Elizabeth Avedon juried an exhibition for the Griffin Museum’s main gallery to run through the end of August. She also assigned $4,300 in awards to different artists. Also part of the Juried Show process was to choose 4 photographers to be exhibited in the Griffin galleries next year. The Griffin then chose 3 photographers to highlight in its online galleries.

There were over 2,000 photographs, many worthy of showing, we felt the need to come up with a way to show what remained. We wanted to see how many exhibits we could put together. The Griffin wanted to show people that the jurying process can be so varied, based on the juror or who else submits to the call. It also takes on a life of its own and once started it is difficult to turn back. The number needed for a space is a limiter as well. What one sees in imagery can change from one day to the next, especially with a large sampling. And that was where it all began… the Griffin put together an Instagram exhibition from the pool of photographers that remained and then assembled more group exhibitions. We have decided that for this grouping, we would exhibit right here, on our blog!

One thing you might notice is that photographers are articulating common themes without even talking to each other. I find this fascinating. One example is “The Portal.” Perhaps people are examining the future or looking back at the past. Or perhaps it represents transition and change and even escape. An un-themed call for entry can tell a juror so much about what is happening in the world.

Holding it Together by Honey Lazar
Reenactment Fort De Soto, FL #440 by Mikael Carstanjen
Reenactment Brooksville, FL #376 by Mikael Carstanjen
In the Studio	by Kolin Perry
Label Green, Category A by Min Kim Park
Chuck Cox, Tuckaway Farm by John Benford
Immersive Identity II, II by Yuri Boyko
Mark Small at Cafe Arpeggio #1 by Denn Santoro
The Phoenix by Eric Hovermale
Portrait by Wendy Seller
Portrait #1 by Mitsu Yoshikawa
Smoke Signals by Barbara Curcio
Walk Amongst Giants by Barbara Curcio
Cmdr. Harold Risner, Navy 1942-1964 by D. Clarke Evans
Airhead # by Darin Boville
Airhead # by Darin Boville
Diver Eight by Mark Thayer
Will We Be Here in the Year 2525? by Susana O'Docharty
Bee Happy Too by Cassie Bagent
Daffodils by Catherine Day
Elephant by Catherine Day
Untitled by Russell Hart
Traces XXXVIII by Jackeline Walters
Among the Trees #6 by Mary Aiu
In Bed, Widow Maker by Alysia Macaulay
Hold by Chris Maliga
After Camp by Tira Khan
Golden Wave-Friday Night Dinners by Nancy Edelstein
Untitled #3 by Amy Kanka
Untitled #5 by Amy Kanka
Dreamed Botany #5 by Amy Rindskopf
An Echo Half Heard by Donna Tramontozzi
Diving Board, John H. Lewis Complex by Andrew Feiler
Enduring Peripheries #2 by Anna Yeroshenko
Lost Horizon by Andy Schirmer
Into Darkness by Emma Powell
Incoming Tide, Near Mayger, Oregon - 2015 by Robbie McClaran
Savior by Stephen Sheffield
Dusk, One Light by Emily Belz
Just Drive by Grace Weston
Grange Hall by Bob Avakian
Spring Universe by Sue Bailey
The flowers you once loved, You think of no more by John Steck

This diptych is just to show the fading progression of the image over time.

We Are Lighter Than All This, 2012 by Berette Macaulay
Diptych:  The Light Came and No One Recieved It by Mary Doering
Kartoffelroden (Harvesting Potatoes), Stories from the Kitchen Table by Astrid Reischwitz
Diptych from: One Day This will All Be Yours by Andrew Warren
Holding it Together by Honey Lazar thumbnail
Reenactment Fort De Soto, FL #440 by Mikael Carstanjen thumbnail
Reenactment Brooksville, FL #376 by Mikael Carstanjen thumbnail
In the Studio	by Kolin Perry thumbnail
Label Green, Category A by Min Kim Park thumbnail
Chuck Cox, Tuckaway Farm by John Benford thumbnail
Immersive Identity II, II by Yuri Boyko thumbnail
Mark Small at Cafe Arpeggio #1 by Denn Santoro thumbnail
The Phoenix by Eric Hovermale thumbnail
Portrait by Wendy Seller thumbnail
Portrait #1 by Mitsu Yoshikawa thumbnail
Smoke Signals by Barbara Curcio thumbnail
Walk Amongst Giants by Barbara Curcio thumbnail
Cmdr. Harold Risner, Navy 1942-1964 by D. Clarke Evans thumbnail
Airhead # by Darin Boville thumbnail
Airhead # by Darin Boville thumbnail
Diver Eight by Mark Thayer thumbnail
Will We Be Here in the Year 2525? by Susana O'Docharty thumbnail
Bee Happy Too by Cassie Bagent thumbnail
Daffodils by Catherine Day thumbnail
Elephant by Catherine Day thumbnail
Untitled by Russell Hart thumbnail
Traces XXXVIII by Jackeline Walters thumbnail
Among the Trees #6 by Mary Aiu thumbnail
In Bed, Widow Maker by Alysia Macaulay thumbnail
Hold by Chris Maliga thumbnail
After Camp by Tira Khan thumbnail
Golden Wave-Friday Night Dinners by Nancy Edelstein thumbnail
Untitled #3 by Amy Kanka thumbnail
Untitled #5 by Amy Kanka thumbnail
Dreamed Botany #5 by Amy Rindskopf thumbnail
An Echo Half Heard by Donna Tramontozzi thumbnail
Diving Board, John H. Lewis Complex by Andrew Feiler thumbnail
Enduring Peripheries #2 by Anna Yeroshenko thumbnail
Lost Horizon by Andy Schirmer thumbnail
Into Darkness by Emma Powell thumbnail
Incoming Tide, Near Mayger, Oregon - 2015 by Robbie McClaran thumbnail
Savior by Stephen Sheffield thumbnail
Dusk, One Light by Emily Belz thumbnail
Just Drive by Grace Weston thumbnail
Grange Hall by Bob Avakian thumbnail
Spring Universe by Sue Bailey thumbnail
The flowers you once loved, You think of no more by John Steck thumbnail
We Are Lighter Than All This, 2012 by Berette Macaulay thumbnail
Diptych:  The Light Came and No One Recieved It by Mary Doering thumbnail
Kartoffelroden (Harvesting Potatoes), Stories from the Kitchen Table by Astrid Reischwitz thumbnail
Diptych from: One Day This will All Be Yours by Andrew Warren thumbnail

We would like to personally thank all of the artists for sharing their work with us.

All images are © of the artists. All rights reserved.

Featured photographers:

Alysia Macaulay
Amy Kanka
Amy Rindskopf
Andrew Feiler
Andrew Warren
Andy Schirmer
Anna Yeroshenko
Astrid Reischwitz
Barbara Curcio
Berette Macaulay
Bob Avakian
Cassie Bagent
Catherine Day
Chris Maliga
D. Clarke Evans
Darin Boville
Denn Santoro
Donna Tramontozzi
Emily Belz
Emma Powell
Eric Hovermale
Grace Weston
Honey Lazar
Jackeline Walters
John Benford
John Steck
Kolin Perry
Mark Thayer
Mary Aiu
Mary Doering
Mikael Carstanjen
Min Kim Park
Mitsu Yoshikawa
Nancy Edelstein
Robbie McClaran
Russell Hart
Stephen Sheffield
Sue Bailey
Susana O’Docharty
Tira Khan
Wendy Seller
Yuri Boyko

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The Griffin Museum is supporting Autism Awareness Month in April 2016

The Griffin is supporting national Autism Awareness Month in April 2016. In Winchester people are wearing blue, lighting their homes blue and learning about autism. This effort is sponsored by Winchester Disability Access Commission, Brio Integrated Theatre and the Winchester Multicultural Network. There is a lighting ceremony on Winchester Town Common on April 26th at 7 PM.

How the Griffin Museum is supporting Autism Awareness Month is by re-posting Brian Clamp’s image choices for his exhibition on the Griffin Museum’s Instagram page with a link on our blog page every day for the month of April. Brian is the owner and Director of ClampArt Gallery in New York City.

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Photographer Erin Malone Channeling Arthur Griffin

At a recent portfolio review I met photographer Erin Malone. Her website is http://www.erinmalone.com where you can see more of her work. She showed me her portfolio “Seeking Terra Firma.” When I came to the image “Foggy Walk,” I did a double take. “You’ve been channeling Arthur Griffin,” I told her. Erin gave me a new idea of something we can do to remember our founder, Arthur Griffin. Periodically I will post an image by Arthur and I will ask you to respond with one of your images that you think resonates with Arthur’s spirit in response to the image I post.

If you are interested, the woman in Arthur’s photograph is his second wife, Polly.

Paula

Foggy Walk ©Erin Malone

Foggy Walk ©Erin Malone

Polly, Point Reyes National Park, CA 1988 ©Arthur Griffin courtesy of the Griffin Museum of Photography

Polly, Point Reyes National Park, CA 1988 ©Arthur Griffin courtesy of the Griffin Museum of Photography

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Arthur Griffin’s Singular Vision at Lafayette City Center Passageway

photoThe Griffin maintains a gallery at the Lafayette City Center Passageway in Boston’s Downtown Crossing. Arthur Griffin’s Singular Vision is on view there. Recently, as part of Art Week, the curators of the exhibit, John Lawler and Peter Griffin, did a gallery tour of the exhibit.

Here is a link ( image-3096 ) to a short video of John Lawler and Peter Griffin discussing Arthur’s photograph of Al Capp.

 

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Arthur Griffin and the Griffin Museum in Black and White Magazine

Recently, David Best called me for an article in Black and White Magazine. We had an enjoyable conversation and the result is here. – Paula Tognarelli
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Ted Williams and Arthur Griffin

The Swing

The Swing, 1939 © Arthur Griffin

Ted Williams and Arthur Griffin met in 1939; Ted was about to seize the role of Rookie of the Year, and Eastman Kodak wanted Griffin to test its new color film. Griffin was at Fenway Park with his usual assortment of equipment, working on a story, in black and white, for the Boston Globe. He also carried with him his 4˝ x 5˝ view camera and Kodak’s new color film made specifically for these view cameras.

Their careers rising simultaneously, these two men connected that historic day when Williams eagerly posed for two hours. The resulting photos, the first color images ever taken of Williams, provide a unique and exceptional collection of photographs of Williams early in his career.

At age 19, Ted Williams was not yet soured by carping sports columnists or feuds with management and fans, so he gladly agreed to pose. Griffin experimented for himself and Kodak that summer day; the color film was slow and not good for action shots, but Williams, exhibiting his batting stance and swing, was so engaging a figure that Griffin was determined to catch him.

At the time, the Globe printed only in black and white, and Griffin filed away the striking color photographs of “The Splendid Splinter.” By the time color photography became more widely used in the press, Williams’ amiability had diminished, and he had no time to pose for new photographs. This undeveloped film of Williams was discovered 50 years later, and the images are now part of his and Griffin’s legacies in both baseball and photographic history.

Arthur Griffin was a pioneer in the use of both color film and the 35-millimeter camera and published six books. Considered New England’s “photographer laureate,” he spent 60 years as a photographic journalist on assignments that took him around the world and into the company of the renowned.

This collection of photographs of Ted Williams made on that fateful day in 1939 is a unique tribute to this late baseball legend and has been widely praised as some of the finest baseball photographs taken. The images represent not only baseball history but also photographic history. It’s a great story and one that needs to be shared with the public.

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Arthur Griffin’s Quincy Quarry, 1938

Screen Shot 2014-03-21 at 5.08.47 PMIn photography, we often refer back to Henri Cartier Bresson’s introduction of capturing the “Decisive Moment.” What constitutes this perfect moment in time…is it purely aesthetic or is it defined by the emotional impact of the image?

Arthur Griffin’s Quincy Quarry taken in 1938 was featured on the cover of LIFE Magazine in August of that year. The image takes on an unfamiliar perspective; the viewer is only able to see the area of departure of these divers without clues to where they may be landing. For a Massachusetts native, this image may not be jarring but imagine the young child who picked up this issue of LIFE in another part of the country and had so many questions about where those men would touch down.

Griffin captured the divers at an opportune moment, highlighting the point of departure and leaving room for the imagination to map out their trajectories. The presence of shadow against the rock quarry wall and the two men’s arms reaching out to the edge of the frame constituted this image to be selected for the cover of the issue. The bounds of the rectangle tightly hug in the action of the jumpers, freezing this exciting moment in time for us to experience almost 76 years later.

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Arthur Griffin’s image of Ignacy Paderewski makes an IMPRINT.

Ignacy Paderewski Copyright Arthur Griffin. Courtesy of the Griffin Museum of Photography

Ignacy Paderewski Copyright Arthur Griffin. Courtesy of the Griffin Museum of Photography

In his introduction to Arthur Griffin’s book “New England in Focus”, writer John Updike referred to his friend Arthur’s “friendly fury” that “rendered him ageless…” Here to me is an image by Arthur Griffin that really speaks to this energy that Updike makes reference. Taken on May 11, 1939 at the Boston Opera House, this image is of the great pianist Ignacy Paderewski.

This image makes an IMPRINT as we realize the photograph was taken in dim lighting, with very slow black and white 35mm film and the audience is on the stage with the subject. Needless to say it was a very challenging photograph to articulate.

But how did Arthur shoot this image with so very little light? He held the program for the concert in front of his lens, then opened the shutter and left it open. When he thought Mr. Paderewski’s head might be still, he removed the program. When the pianist moved his head again, Arthur put the program back in front of the lens building up exposure. He used the stage curtain to determine when the pianist’s head returned to the original position. Arthur repeated this procedure through 2 rolls of film. Out of 72 tries, two images were usable, although hints of movement are present.

Despite the difficulties it took to render this photograph, it appeared on the front page of “The Globe” right after the performance and appeared again at the time of Paderewski’s death in the rotogravure section of “The Globe” in 1941.

If you are interested in learning more about this image or its availability please contact us.

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Welcome to IMPRINT the Griffin Museum’s brand new monthly online communication.

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Welcome to IMPRINT the Griffin Museum’s brand new monthly online communication. Here, we invite you to join us as we celebrate pioneers in photography who without question shape the way we observe and document life with our cameras. In this space through words and images our goal is to be both informative and efficient reminding visitors of both the inspiration and education to be had in simply looking back.

As we launch this new online forum we find ourselves naturally turning to the timeless images created by our founder Arthur Griffin. The recent publication of Arthur’s rich canon of photographs through Digital Commonwealth has endowed us a golden opportunity to revisit his robust embrace of life and his gift for telling its story with a camera.

In celebration of this occasion over the next several months IMPRINT will be saluting “Griff”, highlighting a blend of the iconic and a few of the hidden gems which to our eyes tell his full story as an artist and storyteller. In doing so, myself and the staff will share our thoughts and our experience with his work while at the same time welcoming the guest input of those in Arthur’s wider circles. And, as IMPRINT unfolds we look forward to in time extending our salute to feature a host of other masters whose passion for the photographic image has left more than just a signature.

So stay tuned right here where the museum staff and a host of guest contributors will be sharing a monthly stroke from those geniuses whose presence has amused, captivated and impressed us long after the show is over. The Griffin Museum of Photography was founded in a spirit of community. In keeping with that tradition we welcome your insights and input as we together build this new interactive forum. Ready, set, go… 

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