I have been a photographer for thirty years and my husband and I are collectors. I have judged a few photography shows but this is my first time attempting to curate one. As a new parent, I approached The Frostig Collection about the possibility of having one of their collections be a photography show. As they had previously only worked in sculpture and lithographs, in a way it is a first for us all. We knew we would have single images to sell and that, unlike previous shows, there would be only the one item to bid on and buy.
At the end of my solicitation letter, asking artists to donate their work to help raise funds for The Frostig Collection, I wrote, "My hand is out, my heart is open, my aim is true."
My aim is help and advocacy for the social skills program at The Frostig Center. These crucial skills are a struggle for children with learning and developmental differences. Every person and especially these students need an assist, a helping hand. This program provides that and this show helps fund the program. Kate Stern, the curator of the Frostig Collection suggested MY AIM IS TRUE as the title of this show that I am guest curating.
The aim, in this show, is simply the photographers’ aim. Their point of their view. The aim of their lens. It can also be the aim of the subject, their intention or the aim of feelings. The show is a collection from nurture to nature, light and dark, whimsical, deadly serious and most importantly, the universal themes of love and freedom.
There are many people to acknowledge. Kate Stern, Celia Piazza and Roni Feinstein have been partners and have provided me a safe zone to work in, always knowing they would be there to help and give counsel. Richard E. Aaron, Shawna Ankenbrandt, Henry Diltz, Andrew Eccles, William Eggleston, Martine Fougeron, Polly Gaillard, Judy Ellis Glickman, Francie Bishop Good, Greg Gorman, Bob Gruen, Alexandra Hedison, Michael Hughes, Leon Levinstein, Vivian Maier, Sally Mann, Mary Ellen Mark, James Nachtwey, Eugene Pinkowski, Sebastião Salgado, Cindy Sherman, Taryn Simon, Art Streiber, Arne Svenson, Cy Twombly, Diana Walker, Andy Warhol and Todd Webb have all donated their talent to allow us to have this show. I am without words to express what I feel.
Chuck Mitchell at Frame Store donated ALL the labor of the framing and Monica Sicile, Suzy Derrick and Alex Crabtree did such a beautiful job framing and preparing the show. Peter Fetterman, Thomas Saliba, Candace Karu, Nicola Del Roscio, Larry Gagosian, Hanako Williams, James McKee, John Maloof , Franny Vignola, Deborah McLeod, Gigi Welsh, Diana Walker, Heidi Shaeffer, Mary Jane O’Brien, Allison Fisher-Aziz, Judi Helfant, Hans and Patti Rockenwagner, Robert James Tomlinson, Steve Irvin, Arghisit M., Matt Piper, web designers Ann Zumwinkle and John Marchena and all of the representatives of the artists and their staffs have joined forces, created entree, paved the way and assisted in gathering this extraordinary collection.
I am humbled and grateful and it has given me great hope, that the capacity of the human heart is ever expanding and that people, artists, genuinely want to do a greater good. It has been a privilege to work with all of you.
Their aim and mine is true.