16-20 September, Claartje van Dijk, Sondra Gilman & Celso M. Gonzalez-Falla, David Knaus and Celina Lunsford
Claartje van Dijk
Assistant Curator, Collections, International Center of Photography (ICP), New York
Claartje van Dijk is the Assistant Curator, Collections, at the International Center of Photography, New York. At ICP she manages the Museum’s Print Study Room and conducts research on the historical and contemporary objects in the Museum’s Collection, which consists of over 150,000 photographs. Claartje manages, edits and contributes to Fans in a Flashbulb, the ICP Collections blog. She has coordinated the traveling exhibition Twilight Visions: Surrealism, Photography, and Paris and was a juror on the exhibition Stories in the Social Landscape. Currently Claartje is working on the exhibition Hunt’s Three Ring Circus: American Groups Before 1950 with collector W. M. Hunt and will be developing a sequence of exhibitions at ICP’s new Collections facility at MANA Contemporary. A past nominator for the ICP Infinity Awards, she has been a frequent reviewer for powerHouse Books and The New York Times portfolio reviews. Prior to her engagement at ICP, Claartje worked as a Management and PR Assistant at Museum Our Lord in the Attic (Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder) and was involved with Art Partner to create businesses and artists’ collaborations in Amsterdam. Claartje studied art history and museum studies at the University of Amsterdam.
The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world’s leading institution dedicated to the practice and understanding of photography and the reproduced image in all its forms. Through its exhibitions, school, public programs, and community outreach, it offers an open forum for dialogue about the role images play in our culture. Since its founding in 1974, it has presented more than 700 exhibitions and offered thousands of classes, providing instruction at every level. In early 2016, ICP will move its exhibition space to the Bowery in Manhattan. In this dynamic new location, it will continue to be a forum for dialogue about images and their role in society.
Sondra Gilman Gonzalez-Falla & Celso M. Gonzalez-Falla
Sondra Gilman Gonzalez-Falla
Sondra Gilman Gonzalez-Falla is the Chairman of the Board of the Sondra & Charles Gilman Jr. Foundation, President and Chairman of the Board of the Gilman and Gonzalez-Falla Theatre Foundation, and Chairman of Soncel Financial Inc., the developers of The Lakes, a 1400 acre planned community in Kingsland, Georgia.
At The Whitney Museum of American Art, Gilman was Chairman of the Painting and Sculpture Committee, member of the Permanent Collection Review and served on the Building and Facilities Committees. She played a leading role in 1977 bringing photography into the Whitney’s collection by creating a committee devoted to the acquisition of photographs. Both the position of curator of photography and the photography gallery in the Marcel Breuer Whitney Museum were endowed by and named after her. The Gilman Study Center is endowed by her and is part of the new Whitney. Sondra started the Gilman Paper Company collection now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was honored at the 2012 Whitney Gala for her enduring commitment to the museum.
The exhibitions, “From the Heart” (1998-1999) and “Shared Vision” (2011-2014), showcasing her photography collection, have traveled to many museums around the country. Two books celebrating the collection were printed, “Shared Vision” The Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez Collection of Photography, published in 2011 and “From the Heart” The Power of Photography-A Collector’s Choice written by Adam Weinberg published by Aperture in 1998. ARTnews listed Sondra and Celso in 2004, as one of the top 25 photo collectors, in 2011 as one of the top 10 photo collectors and ARTnet in 2015 as one of the top 12 most influential photo collectors. In 2015, an interview published by the Spanish magazine Tendencias del Mercado del Arte, in 2015 featured the Gonzalez-Fallas as owners of an “admirable collection.” Andree Blanch’s interview with Sondra featured as a photography industry insider was included in the international edition of Musee in Fall 2014.
Celso M. Gonzalez-Falla
Celso M. Gonzalez-Falla is the President of the Sondra and Charles Gilman Jr. Foundation, Inc., Vice-President of the Gilman and Gonzalez Arts Foundation, a trustee of the Cintas Foundation, current trustee and former Chairman of the Board of Aperture Foundation from 2005-2014. Appointed by Governor Bush as a Texas Art Commissioner, he served from 1997 to 2003. Along with his wife, Sondra Gilman, they control Soncel Financial, Inc. developers of The Lakes, a 1400 acre planned community in Kingsland, Georgia.
Sondra and Celso are avid collectors of photography. “Shared Vision” a show of their collection created by MOCA-Museum of Contemporary Art of Jacksonville was shown in Jacksonville, Florida in 2011, the Aperture Foundation Gallery, New York in 2012, Princeton University Museum in 2013, Brooks Museum in Memphis in 2014, and the Museum of Auburn University in Alabama in 2014.
“From the Heart,” a show curated by Adam Weinberg started at the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, in 1998, and traveled to Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, Florida in 1998, Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1998, Hood Museum, Dartmouth College in 1999, and Mobile Museum of Art, Alabama in 1999.
The two books celebrating the collection are, “From the Heart” The Power of Photography-A Collector’s Choice written by Adam Weinberg published by Aperture in 1998. and “Shared Vision” The Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez Collection of Photography, published in 2011 by MOCA. ARTnews listed Sondra and Celso in 2004, as one of the top 25 photo collectors, in 2011 as one of the top 10 photo collectors and ARTnet in 2015 as one of the top 12 most influential photo collectors. An interview published by the Spanish magazine Tendencias del Mercado del Arte, in 2015 featured the Gonzalez-Fallas as owners of an “admirable collection.”
Managing Director of the Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Arts in Morocco (MMP)
David Knaus has been involved in the visual arts as a both a patron and collector since the late 1980’s. His photography collection, broad in scope, includes works of photography and new media from the 19th through to the 21st Century and is comprised of over 1,500 objects. Knaus regularly lends and frequently donates objects from his collection to various museums around the world.
He was a founding member of the J. Paul Getty Museum Photographs Council. As well, he is a member of Tate Modern’s Photography Collection Council. In April 2012 he become a founding member of the Photography Advisory Council at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. As well he has had both a formal and informal relationship with the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, which continues. In 2012 he started The Ranch Projects, which supports both arts publishing and site-specific installations on a 10-acre site in the high desert near Palm Springs, California. The common thread in Knaus’ involvement in all these institutions and organizations is their education and scholarship-centric programming and collecting.
David also serves on the board of Andrea Zittel’s High Desert Test Sites foundation and his collection has been broadening to include non-photography-based works of contemporary art. In Late 2011 he became the Managing Director of the Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Arts in Morocco (MMP) – the vision of arts patrons and Moroccan ex-pats Karen and Ely-Michel Ruimy. He was instrumental in forging the first of its kind private-public partnership between the Moroccan Ministry of Culture and the Museum to establish MMP+ at the historic 12th Century Badii Palace in Marrakech’s old medina. Before the museum even opened in September of 2013 a partnership had been forged with the public University Cadii Ayyad in Marrakech.
Only a year old, the MMP+ is 90% operated by both a Moroccan and African staff and has launched an innovative education program. In November 2014 the Museum received seed-money from a private US foundation to start a primary school age arts education visual literacy program in Arabic.
As Artistic Director of the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt (FFF), Celina Lunsford is the chief curator for its changing exhibition program and choosing photographers and lecturers for its FFF Academy. The FFF, founded in 1984 is an exhibition center dedicated to international photographic arts. Besides curating for the FFF, Lunsford is continually looking for contemporary photographic work to include in exhibitions or to write about. She is a curator for RAY Photography Projects Frankfurt RhineMain, a triennial for international photography, which takes place again in June 2015. Lunsford advises corporations and she is currently on the nominating committee for the Prix Pictet Award for Photography. In 2013 she was the guest juror of the European Publishers Award for Photography and the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award.
As a guest lecturer for the Philips Universität Marburg she teaches a specialized course in curating photography. Additionally she has curated numerous photography exhibitions and book projects for the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt in cooperation with the Frankfurt Book Fair Guest of Honour Program on contemporary the photographic art from Iceland, India, Brazil, Korea, Russia, Turkey, Finland, Catalan and Indonesia.
Lunsford was elected as the Vice President of the Deutsche Fotografische Akademie (German Photographic Academy) in 2010 and she has been a member of the Oracle Conference of international photography curators since 2003. The International Photography Festival Lodz, Poland commissioned her to curate for their 10th Anniversary in 2011 and in 2007 she curated for the Lianzhou International Photography Festival, China. Through such posts as a facilitator for the Joop Swart Masterclass of World Press Photo Foundation, Amsterdam in 2009, 2013 and for the ASEF (Asia-Europe Foundation) Forum for Photographers, Cork and Dublin, Lunsford in 2007 has mentored a wide range of international emerging photographic artists. She has juried numerous awards throughout the years such as the Award of the Festival International de Mode et de Photographie Hyères, the European Central Bank Annual Photography Award and Fotobook Festival Dummy Award, Kassel.
Her Book Imogen Cunningham, (Tf Editores/Kehrer Verlag) about the master photographer who lived from 1883 – 1976, was listed as one of the best photography books of the 2013 by American Photo Magazine.
Her visit is supported by Embassy of The Netherlands in Berlin