Join artist Jo Ann Callis for a conversation with Lesley A. Martin, publisher of Aperture’s book program. They will discuss Callis’s mid-1970s investigation of the nude body and sexuality, featured in her new Aperture book, Other Rooms. The artist’s playful, evocative use of constrictions and overlays on the human form, including twine, belts, tape, and other everyday materials, is both humorous and fraught. Her work offers an intensely personal assessment of the variable meanings of pleasure, eros, and the female nude as a staple of fine art photography.
Jo Ann Callis (born in Cincinnati, 1940) began teaching at the California Institute of the Arts in 1976. Her work has been widely exhibited in such venues as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Hammer Museum, and Museum of Contemporary Art, all in Los Angeles; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Gallery Min, Tokyo. In 2009, a retrospective of her work,Woman Twirling, was presented by the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Callis has received three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among other awards and prizes.
Lesley A. Martin is publisher of the Aperture Foundation book program and of The PhotoBook Review, a biannual newsprint journal dedicated to the conversation surrounding the photobook. Her writing on photography has been published in Aperture, FOAM, Lay Flat, and Ojo de Pez, among other publications, and she has edited over eighty books of photography. In 2011, she launched The PhotoBook Review and co-founded the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation Book Awards, celebrating the contribution of the book to the evolving narrative of photography.
Image: Jo Ann Callis, Woman in Crimson Slip, 1978
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the board and Members of Aperture Foundation. Other Rooms was made possible with the generous support of the Wilson Centre for Photography.