Workshop: “A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America”

Workshop with Lenore Chinn
Workshop with Lenore Chinn

Photo Workshop

“A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America” – Photo Workshop with Lenore Chinn, Bob Hsiang & James Sobredo
CHSA Learning Center, 965 Clay Street, San Francisco
April 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The workshops are free and open to the public. Come learn about documentary photography and join this national and international effort to reflect upon Asian Pacific American life. Read more about the workshop

Lenore Chinn

Chinese American visual artist Lenore Chinn is known for her portrait paintings exploring the super-realistic depiction of a wide spectrum of people of color, lesbians and same sex couples. Employing a coded iconography rooted in a lesbian/gay cultural perspective. In 2011 Lenore published her first monograph titled ‘CULTURAL CONFLUENCES: the Art of Lenore Chinn’.
Chinn’s inclusion in Harmony Hammond’s Lesbian Art in America: A Contemporary History, the first study of American lesbian visual artists, vastly expanded her national visibility. Her portraits documenting the historical evolution of San Francisco’s queer community challenge the social conventions that currently constitute the racialized order of things. She is included in Encyclopedia of Asian American Artists published by Greenwood Press in 2007.
The artist has been a founding member of Lesbians in the Visual Arts and Queer Cultural Center and is affiliated with the Asian American Women Artists’ Association. In 2013 she was involved in making a documentary shortfilm, THE WORLDS OF BERNICE BING about Asian American painter Bernice Lee Bing (1936-1998).

California – doubt it / talk series

doubt it / talk series:

a conversation between Josh Faught and Julia Bryan-Wilson

Tues, Dec 10, 7-10 pm
n/a – 4303 West St, Oakland, USA

doubt it / talk series is pleased to present a conversation between 2012 seca award winning artist Josh Faught and Julia Bryan-Wilson, associate professor of modern and contemporary art at the University of California, Berkeley. Using the strategy of conversation and dialogue, the talk between Faught and Bryan-Wilson will think through contemporary sensibilities within queer art and making.

doubt it / talk series is a collaborative project to create a physical and social space for contemporary artists to perform queer practices as an artistic extension through lectures, performances and screenings. doubt it / talk series aims to move beyond a determined examination of queer sensibilities and make space for the potentiality of alternative embodiments, dialogues and art practices.

doubt it / talk series is supported by southern exposure’s alternative exposure grant program

A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk

Excperpts from the newsletter ‘Leslie-Lohman Museum Recommends’ and


A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk
September 13, 2013 -January 4, 2014
Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, 7th Ave at 27th St, New York, USA

A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk features approximately 100 ensembles, from 18th-century menswear styles associated with an emerging gay subculture to 21st-century high fashion. This is the first museum exhibition to explore in depth the significant contributions to fashion made by LGBTQ (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-queer) individuals over the past 300 years.


The Museum at FIT’s thirteenth fashion symposium, A Queer History of Fashion: from the Closet to the Cat Walk, November 8-9, 2013, boasts twenty participants, more than any symposium being held yet. Over the course of two days, an international array of scholars, authors, designers, and curators will discuss both historical and contemporary issues related to queer designers, icons, fashion and style. See the programme.

Workshop by Dorothée Smith at Les Rencontres d’Arles Photographie

Workshop: Dorothée Smith – The invisible side of things

From 8 to 13 July 2013, at the international photography festival Les Rencontres d’Arles Photographie in the south of France. The workshop is bilingual English – French.

Participants will experiment with different technical and aesthetic decisions each day in order to create a personal series.

Dorothée Smith intends to focus on an abstract theme so that everyone has to invent and find solutions in pictorial language.

Illustration: “hear us marhcing up slowly”, Dorothée Smith 2012, courtesy of Galerie les Filles du Calvaire

It involves somehow making an idea or a mental concept perceptible, almost tangible; revealing through photography (or video) what is, in principle, invisible. The themes will be defined according to people’s choice or their questions. There are any number of possibilities: they could include, for example, notions of absence, obsession, identity, soul, ghosts, haunting, and so on.

The work might require staging, or simply involve a sampling of reality, with particular attention to the surroundings and unique atmosphere of the city of Arles, and careful definition of the means used to create the images. It will provide an opportunity to make decisions about technical matters, and the different ways a subject can be treated.

According to their experience, participants can combine video, slide shows, sound effects, and so on, with a conventional photographic approach.

The workshop will also involve plenty of thinking and discussion, particularly about the ideas of authors from disciplines as varied as cinema, philosophy, literature and even dance – all areas that can provide ideas, solutions, and even fresh questions to stimulate people’s projects.

Further details and online registration at the festival site.

Dorothée Smith

Her career has included a post-graduate degree in Philosophy at the Sorbonne, a degree from the French École nationale supérieure de la photographie (ENSP), the TAIK in Helsinki and then at Le Fresnoy, France. Her work can be seen as an observation of constructions, deconstructions, displacements, and transformations of identity. Photography here rubs shoulders with video, hybrid art and the use of new technologies, and has led to collaboration with a research team from the CNRS/IRCICA (French National Centre for Scientific Research) in 2012. Her work has been exhibited at, amongst other places, Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris; Château d’Eau, Toulouse; Atelier de Visu, Marseille; and Casino, Luxembourg – as well as at photography festivals such as Photo Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Pingyao, China and the Daegu Biennale, South Korea, and Les Rencontres d’Arles in 2012. Dorothée Smith is a member of the ‘L’Évadée’ collective and the Hans Lucas Studio de Création. Her work is represented by the gallery Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris.

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Visual Artist Dorothée Smith