Ralph Gibson. Photo: Lou Reed; Tria Giovan, Thomas Hoepker. Photos: Courtesy of the artists.


The Parrish Art Museum presents the first of five Gallery Talks by artists discussing their work in Artists Choose Artists, the Museum’s ongoing juried exhibition that celebrates the artists of the East End and the dynamic relationships that unite the area’s creative community. Juror Ralph Gibson (American, b. 1939), who was inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame November 1, and his two selections for the exhibition—Tria Giovan (American, b. 1961) and Thomas Hoepker(German, b. 1936)—will give the talk in the galleries on Friday, November 22, at 6pm. Artists Choose Artists, which encourages fellowship among today’s expanded, multi-generational network of artists and demonstrates the diversity of contemporary creative practice, is on view through February 23, 2020.

“I am delighted to start the series of Artists Choose Artists gallery talks with this illustrious group of photographers from different generations, whose images range from photojournalism to the surreal and narrative,” said Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects who organized the exhibition.

Throughout a nearly 50-year career defined by more than 40 published monographs—beginning with the landmark publication SOMNAMBULIST (1970)— RALPH GIBSON has created images that often incorporate erotic and mysterious undertones, building narrative meaning through contextualization and surreal juxtaposition. Four photographs on view in the exhibition from his 2015/6 Vertical Horizons Series, unframed and mounted directly to the gallery wall, explore the natural and manmade, figurative and abstract. Recently, Gibson began to incorporate photographs and musical compositions into film and live performances at New York’s Roulette and The Stone, among other venues, and in 2010 he collaborated with Lou Reed on the film Red Shirley. Gibson’s work, featured in more than 170 museum collections worldwide, has been the subject of hundreds of solo exhibitions, including the retrospective Quartet at The High Museum of Art, Atlanta (2012). Awards include fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Leica Medal of Excellence, the Lucie Lifetime Award, and the Silver Plumb Award, Guild Hall Academy of the Arts Lifetime Artist Achievement Award (2015), and Palm Springs Fine Art Festival Photographer of the Year Award (2016). Gibson is a Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France.

TRIA GIOVAN’s photographs span a wide range of subject matter. Traveling extensively to Cuba during the economic depression of the Special Period (1990–1996), Giovan shot over 25,000 images, creating a body of work that captured the subtleties and complexities of the country’s day-to-day life. Five photographs from The Cuba Archive on view in the exhibition reveal resiliency, creative defiance through aesthetics, and the unquashable human spirit amid oppression. Tres Muchachas-El Malecon, Havana, Cuba (1993), has never been previously exhibited. Giovan was born in Chicago and raised on the island of St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. Her images have been published in numerous magazines includingEsquire, Coastal LivingESPN SportsTravel & Leisure, and House Beautiful. Giovan’s fine art photography is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York Public Library, and the Jewish Museum, NY; the Brooklyn Museum of Art; and the Parrish Art Museum. She has received many grants and awards including the Tokyo International Foto Awards, International Photography Awards, and Artist Space-Exhibition Award, among others. Giovan currently lives and works in New York City and Sag Harbor, NY.

THOMAS HOEPKER, a member of Magnum Photos from 1989 and its president from 2003 to 2006, has traveled the world as a photographer and photojournalist for decades. The five images on view in Artists Choose Artists, from his Strange Encounters monograph (2017), depict humorous interactions with art, including Sur Rodney performs a pantomime Free Advice at the opening of the art museum in Southampton, A visitor at the Museum of Modern Art in New York admires Andy Warhol’s Golden Marilyn, and A visitor in the Whitney Museum, New York, among others. After studying archeology and art history, Hoepker traveled to Brazil, China, Cuba, Ethiopia, Greece, Peru, the U.S., and other countries for magazines including Muenchner IllustrierteKristall, and Stern. In 2005, the Foto Museum in Munich presented a retrospective of 230 of his photographs that traveled throughout Germany and across Europe. Hoepker is based in New York City and Southampton.



November 22

GALLERY TALK: Ralph Gibson, Tria Giovan, Thomas Hoepker


December 13

GALLERY TALK: Janet Goleas, Priscilla Heine, Bastienne Schmidt


Friday, January 3

FILM & TALK: Sanctuary, Documentary, by Artist Choose Artist Juror Lillian Ball


January 10

GALLERY TALK: Irina Alimanestianu, Scott Bluedorn, Janet Culbertson


January 24

GALLERY TALK: Margaret Garrett, Ronald Reed, Mark Willliam Wilson


February 21

GALLERY TALK: Mary Boochever, Anne Seelbach, Dan Welden


Artists Choose Artists exhibition is made possible, in part, thanks to the generous support of the Robert Lehman Foundation; The Evelyn Toll Family Foundation; Jacqueline Brody; Herman Goldman Foundation; Linda and Gregory Fischbach, and Fred Schmeltzer.

Friday Nights are made possible, in part, by Presenting Sponsor, Bank of America. Additional support provided by The Corcoran Group and Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.  


Parrish Art Museum

Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in-residence.  The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.


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