A panel discussion in conjunction with the Elman + Holt exhibition, on view June 17-August 7.
Both Elman and Holt have documented the extraordinary talent drawn to “The Last Resort,” capturing the energy, natural beauty, and community that makes life on the tip of Cape Cod unique. Please join co-curators Jane Paradise and Ethan Cohen, along with the artist Ray Elman, for a panel discussion on the varied approaches to picturing the creative community of the Outer Cape.
The photographer Norma Holt (1918-2013) was passionately committed to photo-documentation as a way of life and a means to initiate social change. Her work took her from the streets of New York City, to anti-war protests of the Vietnam era, to the villages of the working poor across the globe. For over five decades Holt summered in Provincetown; she treasured the egalitarian nature of the town, where celebrated artists and writers mixed easily with locals and developing artists. Two books of portraiture resulted from her time on the Cape: Face of the Artist and On Equal Ground: Photographs from an Artists’ Community on the Tip of Cape Cod.
Raymond Elman (b. 1945) arrived in Provincetown in 1970. He made abstract art until 1989, when he invented a technique for making large-scale portraits to document his wife Lee’s pregnancy and the birth of their son, Evan. Elman then shifted focus to documenting his life in the art community, by making portraits of the many talented artists and writers he knew who embrace the Outer Cape. Since 1989, Elman has made more than 220 portraits, including those of Norman Mailer, Robert Motherwell, Stanley Kunitz, Alan Dugan, Annie Dillard, Mark Strand, Sebastian Junger, Alec Wilkinson, Varujan Boghosian, Budd Hopkins, Paul Resika, Mischa Richter, Al Jaffee, Lee Falk, Anne Bernays, Jane Leavy, Daniel Okrent, Susan Orlean, Jhumpa Lahiri, Robert Pinsky, and Knox Martin. Four of Elman’s pieces are in the collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
About the CURATORS
Jane Paradise, a Provincetown photographic artist, is represented by Galatea Fine Art in Boston and shows in Provincetown. Her photographs have been featured and exhibited in solo shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Art Space in Raleigh, Gallery Ehva in Provincetown, Simmons College, Galatea Fine Art in Boston and Houston Center for Photography. Internationally Paradise has shown at the International Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography (Argentina and Spain), and the Gallery of Photography in Ireland. Paradise was a 2014 Photolucida finalist.
Paradise’s work has been included in numerous group and juried shows including at the New Britain Museum of American Art, PAAM, Southeast Museum of Photography, Danforth Art’s New England Photo Biennial, Cambridge Art Association National Prize Show (Honorable Mention), the Center for Fine Art Photography (juror selection), the Worldwide Photo Biennial (honorable mention), and RayKo Gallery in San Francisco. Paradise is a trustee of the PAAM and former Deputy Director of the International Museum of Women. She has also curated shows at PAAM, including the recent 2015 After Images by Amy Arbus. Her photographs are in the collection of the Southeast Museum of Photography and in many private collections in the United States and Europe. Paradise is working on an upcoming October 2016 group show in Berlin, Germany and on a solo show in March 2017 at Galatea Fine Art in Boston focusing the dune shacks of Provincetown. Paradise’s photographs are published in the book Strength and Grace: Elegy for Love; many of the photographs in that book are of Norma Holt.
Ethan Cohen is an American collector and an art dealer based in New York City who specializes in contemporary Chinese and contemporary African art. He was one of the first western dealers to sell work by contemporary Japanese and Chinese artists including Ushio Shinohara and Ai Weiwei. He has been called “one of the most influential art dealers in the world.” Forbes praised his gallery as an “exemplar in the field,” putting on “resplendent, probing shows.” Ethan Cohen Gallery was founded in 1987 as Art Waves/Ethan Cohen in SoHo, New York City. It was the first gallery to present the Chinese Avant Garde of the ’80s to the United States. He has represented artists including Ai Weiwei, Xu Bing, Gu Wenda, Zhao Bandi, Wang Keping and Qiu Zhijie. Ethan Cohen Fine Arts today represents a diverse global mix of art, including contemporary American, African, Iranian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Pakistani and Thai, from emerging and established artists.
The Fredi Schiff Levin Lecture Series
Established in 2003 in honor of the artist Fredi Schiff Levin who was a member of Provincetown’s arts community from the 1960s until her passing in 2002. PAAM gratefully acknowledges John and Toni Levin, and Liz Lovati of Angel Foods who make this program possible with their generous support. FSL lectures are free to members of PAAM or with the cost of Museum admission. A selection of previous lectures can be viewed on our YouTube page.