photo by Trevor Paglen
As the Work Scholar in the Development Department, I work behind the scenes on special exclusive events at Aperture, focusing on programming for our Patrons and SNAP! Members. Being a member at Aperture gives you access to exclusive events such as private salons and studio tours with Aperture artists. Most importantly, members of Aperture get to meet and mingle with other photography enthusiasts and continue cultivating their knowledge and appreciation of photography through Aperture.
One such recent event was an artist talk with Trevor Paglen last Tuesday night in the cozy Aperture bookstore with couches, warm apple cider and savory treats. During the event, Trevor met with several fans in this intimate setting, gave a slide show presentation of his work and signed books. Trevor Paglen’s book Invisible: Covert Operations and Classified Landscapes, released by Aperture this Fall, presents a portrait of the covert activities of U.S. military and intelligence agencies. Paglen’s presentation brought new insights to his mysterious and highly technical imagery.
Leading up to this Salon event I helped with the invitations our guests, keeping track of the RSVP list and researching catering options. It was gratifying to see the event through to fruition, from its organization to becoming a special occasion, in which the guests had good time.
This Work Scholar post is by Development Work Scholar Sunny Ching Hui Wang.
Sunny is a graduate student at New York University in the Visual Arts Administration program. She received her B.A. in Art History and Visual Culture from Michigan State University in 2009. Her favorite Aperture publications include William Christenberry’s Kodachromes and Paolo Ventura’s Winter Stories. When not busy writing her Master’s thesis on crowd-funding for the arts, Sunny enjoys spending time in her East Village neighborhood.