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Aug152011

Cleveland Museum of Art - Friends of Photography

Some of you may know that I am on the board of the Friends of Photography.  Recently I received a copy of a letter that the new curator of photography at the musuem, Barbara Tannenbaum, has been sending to prospective members.  I thought I would share it because a) the museum is a treasure, b) it continues to show its commitment to both historic and contemporary photography, c) the "Friends" is a great opportunity to learn and a fine group of people and d) Barbara threatened to put a beating on me if I did not. OK, "d)" is complete BS but a-c are for real.  Bye the way, you do not have to live in Cleveland to join. You do need to be a member of the Museum.

"I am writing to encourage you to become a member of The Cleveland Museum of Art Friends of Photography (FOP) group.  The first FOP program of the year occurs in less than two weeks.  As an FOP member, you get to meet collectors, dealers and visiting artists (all very welcoming folk), visit local collections (and see interesting homes), and have the opportunity to collect or just peruse work by emerging and famous artists at dealer show-and-tells.
 
Any CMA member can join the Friends of Photography, but you do need to belong to the museum to join FOP.  Individual FOP membership is $100, a couple membership in FOP is $150 per year.  Students can join for $75 per year.  There’s no time like the present to join!  FOP is offering a special pro-ration on the membership rate, which goes by the calendar year.  You can attend all four fall programs for just $50!
 
The first event is a preview tour by Brian Ulrich of his solo show at the CMA on Wednesday evening, August 24, followed by a dinner (optional; sorry, sold out) at L'Albatros with the artist.  This fall’s other events are:  a talk/Q&A with South African photographer Roger Ballen (http://www.rogerballen.com/) on Tuesday, September 13 at a collector’s home in Shaker Heights; a show-and-tell with dealer Lee Marks followed by a lecture by Jen Davis at the Akron Art Museum and pizza at my house in Akron on Wednesday, October 12; and a show-and-tell by Pace/MacGill Gallery on Friday, November 18, at a collector’s home in Cleveland.  To learn more about the organization, check out the new FOP web site at http://fop-cma.org/.
 
Most importantly, when you join FOP you help support and show your enthusiasm for photography at The Cleveland Museum of Art!  To join, contact Meghan Olis at molis@clevelandart.org or 216-707-2266."

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