Penumbra Lecture Series

The Penumbra Foundation is proud to host our artist lecture program, the Penumbra Lecture Series. The series brings to life the work of featured photographers and other notable guest artists and scholars, offering a unique opportunity to engage with them in an intimate setting as they discuss their work and process.

Moderated by Harper’s Magazine art director Stacey D. Clarkson, the series is meant to be a platform for emerging and established artists, and consists of a variety of formats from moderated talks with one artist to interdisciplinary and panel discussions.

All lectures are held at Penumbra Foundation unless otherwise noted.

36 East 30th Street - New York, NY 10016

Upcoming Lectures

Surf Site Tin Type

a conversation with Joni Sternbach

Date: March 10, 2015 | 7:30pm - 9pm

$10 | $8 members *students free with vaild ID.

For whatever we lose(like a you or a me) it's always ourselves we find in the sea -E. E. Cummings

Join Harper’s Magazine art director Stacey D. Clarkson and photographer and Center for Alternative Photography wetplate instructor Joni Sternbach for an evening celebrating Sternbach’s new monograph of portraits of surfers from around the globe, the artist’s influences, and the vastness of the sea.

Says Sternbach of the new portraits of surfers in this book, “the nature of working with a wet chemical outdoors is spontaneous and unpredictable. This lends an element of risk and surprise to the process. Many think of it as the Polaroid of yesteryear because the results are immediate. This project also has a performance element to it, based on the fact that all of my work is made in public on location....Photographing these individual surf souls is my attempt to understand the [American and] surf character.”

Joni Sternbach was born in the Bronx, New York. She is currently a visiting artist at The Cooper Union and faculty member at ICP and the Center for Alternative Photography in NYC teaching wet plate collodion.

Sternbach’s work is part of many public collections including the Nelson Atkins Museum, St Louis Art Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She is the recipient of several grants including NYFA and CAPS. Her monograph Surfland was published in 2009 and her next monograph is due out in Spring 2015. She is represented in NYC by Rick Wester Fine Art and her website is

MARCH 31st, 2015

Copyright Stacy Renee Morrison

A Contemporary Conversation Inspired by Two Victorian Women

Photographer Stacy Renee Morrison & Ann Marie McDonnell of the Alice Austen House

March 31, 2015
7:30-9:00 PM

Join Stacy Renee Morrison, historian & photographer, and Ann Marie McDonnell, Director of Education at the Alice Austen House as they discuss the life and work of two progressive women - Sylvia DeWolf Ostrander and Alice Austen.

Morrison’s recent project, “The Girl of My Dreams” traces the life of a Ostrander, a story discovered when Morrison found a small trunk with Ostrander’s belongings abandoned for garbage on a New York City street. Come and learn about these two women and how the work they left behind provides us with insight into the past.

Previous Artist Lectures

2014 — Benjamin Lowy, Lisa Elmaleh, David J. Carol, Paris Visone, Eliot Dudik, Charlotte Dumas, Kate Breakey, Ben Busch, Tomas van Houtryve, Paolo Cirio, Thomas Allen, Robert Bowen, and Mike Slack

2013 — Robert A. Schaefer Jr., Harvey Stein, Julie Pochron, Lauren Henkin, and Harvey Wang

2012 — Sze Tsung Leong, Jerry Vezzuso, Ellen Wallenstein, Philip Levine & Andrew Moore, Ángel Franco, Michelle Bates, Amy Arbus, Ellen Susan, Jerry Spagnoli, and Philip Perkis

2011 — Joni Sternbach, Marcia Lippman, and Lori Nix

2010 — Dan Estabrook, Bryan Whitney, and Edward Fausty

Previous Events

Jazz Age Lawn Party - 2014- The Jazz Age Lawn Party is New York City’s original prohibition era inspired gathering. Hosted and conceived by Michael Arenella, the event started as a small gathering of perhaps fifty friends and fans. The event, initially produced by the island, was handed over to Michael in its third year to organize and grow. Under his watch, the event was carefully crafted and nurtured, becoming what is now referred to by The Wall Street Journal as, “the biggest (not to mention the cleanest and most family-oriented) regular event in the ‘Retro Noveau’ movement...”

Photoville — 2012, 2013, 2014 - New York City’s free premier photo destination produced by United Photo Industries is a modular venue built of/from re-purposed shipping containers. Combining photo exhibitions, outdoor photo installations, talks, workshops, and night-time multimedia projections,

Image Object Exhibition and Symposium 2012— A collaboration between Cdags and the Penumbra Foundation in NYC, in the form of an exhibition and symposium. Entitled “Image Object," the juried exhibition showcased the forefront of contemporary daguerreotypy with the aim of propelling the genre forward in the art world.

Holga 30th Anniversary Exhibition 2012 — Penumbra Foundation hosted two exceptional photography exhibitions “Timeless” and “Transcend” celebrating Holga Cameras’ 30th anniversary curated and presented by Holga.