June 20th at 3pm
A Conversation with Virginia Beahan and Darrel Couturier
Virginia Beahan was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received a BA degree in English from the Pennsylvania State University and an MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. She has taught at Harvard University, Massachusetts College of Art, Wellesley College and is currently Senior Lecturer in Photography at Dartmouth College.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, D. C.
Smithsonian American Museum of Art
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Fogg Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
The Art Museum, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA
The RISD Museum, Providence, RI
Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV
The Art Museum, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Polaroid Corporation Collection, Cambridge, MA
Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
CUBA: Walker Evans to Now, Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA, 2011
Close to Home, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., 2011
The Altered Landscape, Nevada Musuem of Art, Reno, NV, 2011
In Focus: The Landscape, Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA, 2008-09
A Shared Vision, Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH, 2008
Cuba Now, Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA, 2007
Where We Live; Photographs of America, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA, 2006/07
Family: Photographs From Home, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, NY, 2005
Common Ground, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C., 2004-05
No Ordinary Land, Burden Gallery, New York, NY, 1999, traveling to: Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, 1999
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA, 2000
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH, 2000
Herbert F. Johnson Art Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2001-02
Vision Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel, 2002; McDonough Museum, Youngstown, Ohio, 2004
Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 2004
Sam Noble Museum, Norman, OK, 2005 (solo)
The Country Between Us, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY, 2002 (solo)
All The Dust, Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, 2002
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA
International Center of Photography, NY
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ
Apeiron Photos, Athens, Greece
Addison Gallery, Andover, MA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London, England
Photokina, Koln, West Germany
Tianjin Fine Arts College, Tianjin, China
Instituto Chileno Norte Americano, Santiago, Chile
Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver, Canada
Museum Mensch und Natur, Munich, Germany
Grants & Fellowships
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth College
Leslie Center for the Humanities, Dartmouth College
New England Foundation for the Arts Fellowship
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grant
Polaroid Corporation Artists Support Grant
Mellon Foundation Grant
Darrel Couturier grew up in the gallery business in New York City and Connecticut. Galerie Couturier was started by his mother in 1960 and represented a number of Latin American artists at a time when few galleries on the east coast in the 1960s and ‘70s showed Latin American art.
Couturier Gallery opened in Los Angeles in 1986. For its first four years the gallery specialized in works of the American Arts & Crafts movement. In 1991 Couturier turned his attention to representing mainly contemporary artists from Latin America.
In October 1998, Couturier Gallery presented the first-ever exhibition in the US for Alberto Korda. In 2006, Darrel Couturier, together with director/producer Trisha Ziff, produced a feature documentary film, Chevolution. The film traces the history of Alberto Korda’s most significant portrait of Che Guevara as Cuba's Guerrillero heroica as it becomes the world's most widely appropriated image for the revolutionary cause, and to the commercial benefit of everyone but the photographer himself. Couturier Gallery now represents the estate of Alberto Korda.
Representing many prominant art figures from Argentina, Cuba, Chile, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Peru and Uruguay. Mr. Couturier has been leading studio tours for collectors and museum professionals in Havana, Cuba for almost twenty years.
1965-1969 B.A. [Art History, French Literature, English Literature], University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
1969-1971 M.A. [Urban Education], Montclair State College, Montclair, NJ
1977.1980 Ed.D. candidate [Educational Psychology], University of California at Los Angeles,
Los Angeles, CA
Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, California, 1986
Member of the Fine Art Dealers Association (FADA), 2008-2013
Present Leading annual licensed trips to Cuba for the art collector, 1998
President, Los Angeles Art Galleries Association (LAAG), 1991
Co-founder of the San Juan Savoyards, San Juan Puerto Rico, 1971
Opera singer, 1969-1987
July 11th, 2015
A Conversation With Photographer Susan S.Bank
Susan S. Bank artist/photographer resides in Philadelphia PA and Portsmouth NH, living her early years on a New England island village and was educated at Barnard College and the University of Edinburgh. A snap shot shooter all her life, Bank decided to become a photographer at the ‘perfect point’ at age 60.
Neither a drive-by shooter, nor a pickpocket photographer, Bank works on long-term projects. She continues to work on the Salisbury Beach series, a memorial scrapbook of a worn-down coastal Bay State oasis that is vanishing like cotton candy.
For the first decade of 21st century, Bank worked on the elusive, mythical island of Cuba, producing two bodies of work.
Cuba: Campo Adentro is an intimate portrait of daily life of tobacco farmers and their families in Pinar del Rio province.
The work was first shown at The Fototeca in Havana Cuba in 2004. In the US, her el campo portfolio was honored by Anne Wilkes Tucker for “The Photo Project” and was exhibited at FotoFest 2006. Selected awards include winner of the Portfolio Project, Review Santa Fe (Center) 2005, and runner-up for the Aperture Portfolio Prize.
Twice selected as finalist for the Duke/Honickman First Book Prize, Bank decided to self publish Cuba: Campo Adentro with essay by Juan Antonio Molina Cuesta. The book was launched at the Miami International Book Fair 2008, followed by exhibition and book launch at Michener Museum of Art, curated by Brian Peterson. Cuba: Campo Adentro was selected as one of “The Best Photography Books of the Year” PHotoEspaña 2009 and ‘Best Books of the Year 2009” Photo-eye Books.
In addition to exhibitions in several venues in Cuba, including the Havana Biennale 2006, the series has been exhibited in the US at Blue Sky Gallery, MASS College of Art, Hampshire College, the Southeast Museum of Photography, the Gabarron Foundation and Fleisher Art Memorial among others. Selections from the el campo series were exhibited at the Latin Pavilion NY Photo Festival, curated by Adriana Theresa Hernandez; Lehigh University, Women in Photography curated by Ricardo Viera; the Griffin Museum of Photography, Three Concerned Women curated by Constantine Manos; Lehigh University and Miami Dade College Viajeros: North American Artists’ Images of Cuba, curated by Ricardo Viera and Margarita Aguilar, and Michener Museum of Art Beauty: Magic in Images and Words, curatored by Brian Peterson.
Works from Cuba: Campo Adentro are held in museum collections in the United States, most recently The Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, and museums in Cuba, Mexico and Spain.
Bank is presently working on publication of her Havana portfolio, Piercing the Darkness, with essay by John T. Hill.