Summer Solstice

June 13, 2008

Late June features the official start of summer, and distinguished alumnus Elizabeth Peyton (1987 Fine Arts) is making a seasonal splash with the opening of “Elizabeth Peyton: Portrait of an Artist” on Sunday, June 22, at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Peyton is best known for her intimate portrait paintings of both friends and celebrities, but this exhibition will be the first comprehensive showing of her photographs. Running through November, “Portrait of an Artist” will examine how photography has become a significant part of Peyton’s practice, not only as an end in itself but also as a tool for gathering imagery for her paintings and drawings.

Two days later, alumnus and faculty member Benita Raphan (BFA 1984 Graphic Design) will be at the AIGA for the latest installment of the Small Talks series. On Tuesday, June 24, 6:30 – 8pm, at 415 West 13th Street, Raphan will talk about her film Great Genius and Profound Stupidity, which examines the origins of genius. The event comes on the heels of Raphan’s inclusion in Shoot magazine’s 2008 New Directors Showcase (click here to see the reel of winning work). For more information on the AIGA Small Talk, including admission and reservations, visit

Image: Elizabeth Peyton, Self-portrait, 1999. Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise.

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