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Fotofête: Photography From Marrakesh to Needle Park

Chillin', Vogue: The Arab Issue series, 2000/1421 © Hassan Hajjaj

Fotografiska, the New York outpost of the Swedish museum of photography, is lining up a special four day festival called Fotofête. Running September 9th to the 12th at  Fotografiska (281 Park Ave South, NY, NY), smack dab in the Flatiron District, Fotofête encompases photography from New York and beyond.

Opening the fest on September 9th is High Tea With Hassan Hajjaj, in which visitors can enjoy tea with Morocan photographer Hassan Hajjaj while also seeing his work. Inspired by the artist’s tea room in Marrakech, guests are invited to enjoy tea from his brand Jajjah, light bites, and conversation. Also on September 9th is Art Comes First x Hassan Hajjaj, celebrating the launch of the capsule collection created by Art Comes First x Andy Wahloo, as Hassan photographs this new fashion line. And rounding out the September 9th festivities is a performance by Subatomic Sound System with an opening set by DJ Troy Simms.

Thursday, September 10 is the opening of the new exhibit, Andy Warhol: Photo Factory, featuring over 120 images, 20 of which have never been exhibited, showing the photographic side of the Pop Art Pope. On the same day is a performance by singer/songwriter Mike Greko.

On September 11,  there will be the book launch of A Photo Spirit by Ruth Orkin with a discussion between Kristen Gresh, the Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Senior Curator of Photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and Mary Engel, Director of the Ruth Orkin Archive.

September 12 has the Family Fun Day with Hassan Hajjaj, where  portrait artist, filmmaker and educator Catalina Kulczar along with visiting artist Hassan Hajjaj give family friendly tours explaining the artistic process of photography. There are also two film screening: A Day in the Life of Karima: A Henna Girl, and the 50th anniversary screening of The Panic in Needle Park. Directed and produced by Hassan Hajjaj, A Day in the Life of Krima follows Karima, who is a mother, wife, henna artist, local icon and graduate of what he calls "Jamaa Fena: the university of street life". The Panic in Needle Park is a 1971 romantic drama starring Al Pacino and Kitty Winn about the gritty world of early 1970s New York as heroin addicts try to find love. A Q&A will follow the screening, featuring actress Kitty Winn, Cinematographer Adam Holender, Photographer and Film Director Jerry Shatzberg, and moderator Carlos Valladares.

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September 9 - 12, 2021

281 Park Ave South
New York, NY 10010

2020 Prelude Festival Examines Revolution in Art & Life


The 2020 Prelude Festival, Sites of Revolution, explores the many ways in which revolutions are taking place today. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended nearly every aspect of life while at the same time there has been a rise in protests challenging centuries-old white supremacy, white fragility and settler colonialism. In response to the rise of revolution and the changing of daily life, artists have adapted their work in innovative ways, redrawing the boundaries of their art forms and rethinking previously fundamental concepts such as “theatre,” “performance,” “live,” and “time-based.”

Prelude 2020, running October 20 to 30, will bring together artists, critics, activists, and producers from New York City and beyond to analyze how revolution has upended the world of art and creation. The festival will feature a wide array of new multimedia works, as well as a series of panels and other events that put artistic practice in conversation with critical discourse.  

Since 2003, the annual Prelude Festival has given audiences a first look at new work and ideas by groundbreaking theatre and performance artists based in New York City, and this year’s installment continues that tradition.

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Prelude 2020
October 20 - 30, 2020

The New Yorker Festival Streams Art, Science, Politics & More


For the first time ever, the prestigious New Yorker Festival is going virtual. Running October 5 to 11, the festival features a slate of speakers from the worlds of art, science, politics, and culture. 

Speakers include:

  • Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Elizabeth Warren
  • Margaret Atwood
  • Eric H. Holder, Jr., & Sherrilyn Ifill 
  • Ira Glass
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci
  • Emanuel Ax & Yo-Yo Ma


Viewers in New York City can participate in the Dining In with The New Yorker Festival portion of the show, in which a curated dinner, created specially for the Festival by the Harlem-based chefs Pierre Thiam, of Teranga, and JJ Johnson, of FIELDTRIP, along with access to a streaming conversation about the collaboration, featuring the chefs and moderated by Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker’s food critic.

For those of you interested in film, The Queens Drive-In (47-01 111th St, Queens, NY 11368) will be showing the U.S. première of Regina King’s directorial début, One Night in Miami. One Night in Miami recounts a pivotal moment in the history of civil rights, involving Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown. Followed by a virtual conversation with Regina King, the screenwriter Kemp Powers, and David Remnick. Tickets are available on the festival website.

The New Yorker Festival is ticketed so be sure to get your spot.

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The New Yorker Festival
October 5 - 11, 2020

Photoville 2020: Outdoor Photo Exhibitions


NYC’s outdoor photo exhibition, Photoville, returns this fall. Running September 17 to November 29, exhibitions and events are spread across New York’s five boroughs.  Also included are online sessions that feature panel discussions and informative workshops. 

Online sessions include:

  • How to Visually Define Historic Moments with Brian Bowen
  • Then & Now: Photographers Repicturing Their Archive in 2020  
  • Diversity in Visual Storytelling 
  • Mobile Photography: Focus on Food
  • The Seed of An Idea with Lynn Johnson & Elizabeth Krist 

Themed photo collections on display include Constructing Equality from documentary photographer Roshni Khatri which looks at women employed in construction jobs. Sources of Self-Regard: Self-Portraits From Black Photographers Reflecting on America features self portraits from more than two dozen Black photographers. We Are Present: Portraits from the Pandemic and the Uprising from Laylah Amatullah Barrayn chronicles the seismic shifts in the America in the wake of Covid and the murder of George Floyd through portraits of Black Americans facing the double crisis of the pandemic, and the uprisings against injustice.

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September 17 - November 29, 2020
Various Locations Across NYC

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