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

Journeys into the Vast Unknown: an evening of conversation with Yola Monakhov Stockton and Tatiana Gulenkina

Moderated by Stacey D. Clarkson of Harper's Magazine

May 12, 7:30 pm

What does a package “see” when it is shipped through the mail? How can you represent the universe in a photogram? Find out the fascinating answers with Harper’s Magazine Art Director Stacey D. Clarkson as she moderates a discussion with the radically creative photographic artists Yola Monakhov Stockton and Tatiana Gulenkina.

About the Artists:

Yola Monakhov Stockton’s first museum show was held at the Alice Austen House on Staten Island, New York in 2014, and her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo shows at Aviary Gallery, Hampshire College, Old Dominion University, Sasha Wolf Gallery, and Smith College. She has photographed regularly for The New Yorker, and her work has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, M, le magazine du Monde, Marie Claire, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, and Time. She has worked on assignment in the Middle East, Central Asia, Iran, and the former Soviet Union. Currently the Harnish Visiting Artist at Smith College, she is also on the faculty of the International Center of Photography and Columbia University, where she received her MFA and MA in Italian literature. Her first monograph, The Nature of Imitation, from Schilt Publishing, has just been released. She was born in Moscow, and lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Her work is handled by Rick Wester Fine Arts in New York and Schilt Publishing Gallery in Amsterdam. The May/June issue of Photograph magazine features a portfolio of her work, with an essay by Elisabeth Biondi.

Untitled (Post-Photography) [M1232UL], 2013, Archival pigment print on Canson Baryta Photographique paper. ©Yola Monakhov Stockton. Courtesy the artist and Rick Wester Fine Art.

Tatiana Gulenkina is a Russian-born fine art photographer based in New York and Washington, DC. Since her graduation from the Maryland Institute College of Art, she has been pursuing a career in visual arts and media. She uses both traditional darkroom equipment and digital technology, as well as video and mixed media, and primarily focuses on process-based photography that can come in many shapes and forms: photograms, cyanotypes, time lapses, multiple exposures. For her, the journey that ones undertakes to produce a certain kind of imagery is as important as the final result.

Her work has been featured in a number of publications, including the British Journal of Photography, The Week, Wired, The Calvert Journal, and most recently, Harper’s Magazine. Her photographs were exhibited during Fotoweek DC and Filter photo festivals, at the PowerHouse Arena, 92Y, .No Gallery, Here Arts Center, American University Museum, and other venues. In 2014, she was named one of the 30 Under 30 Women Photographers by Photo Boîte Agency and 30 Photographers Under 30 to Watch by Complex Magazine.

“Untitled,” from the series Things Merging and Falling Apart, photogram on type C paper, 20’’ x 20’’, 2013. ©Tatiana Gulenkina.

Previous Artist Lectures

2015 - Stacy Renee Morrison Joni Sternbach

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.