Baxter St at CCNY offers a Conversations Series, presenting emerging and established photographers, curators, critics and photo professionals, talking about their work in an intimate setting. The series provides firsthand exposure to notable speakers with an opportunity for Q and A’s. The audience of up to 35 people includes the general public and Baxter St at CCNY’s membership.grayLine-lessSpace

Upcoming Conversations

Dense Lightness by Ivan Forde, Installation View

In Conversation: Ivan Forde and Derrick Adams

Wednesday, December 12th | 7pm
This conversation is free to attend by RSVP and will take place at 128 Baxter St. Please RSVP to
Suggested Donation $5

To commemorate Ivan Forde’s first solo exhibition, Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York is pleased to host a conversation between Ivan Forde and Derrick Adams on Wednesday, December 12 at 7pm. Forde’s current show, Dense Lightness, is currently on view until January 5, 2019.


Recent Conversations

In Conversation: Inés Katzenstein, Mauricio Marcin, and Rachel Valinsky

Saturday, June 2nd | 2 pm
Event is free but seating is limited, seating on a first come basis
Suggested Donation $5

In conjunction with the 2018 Zine and Photo Book Fair Common Silence, curator Mauricio Marcin will speak in conversation with Inés Katzenstein, Director of the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Research Institute for the Study of Art from Latin America at MoMA, and Rachel Valinsky, Artistic Director at Wendy’s Subway, a non-profit library and writing space located in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Women Picturing Revolution, image credit: Katrín Björk

Lola Flash, from the series [sur]passing

Women Picturing Revolution and Lola Flash
In Conversation

Thursday, May 24th | 7 – 8:30pm
Event is free but seating is limited, seating on a first come basis
Suggested Donation $5

Please join us for a conversation between Women Picturing Revolution and photographer Lola Flash during which they will examine the role photography plays in documenting LGBTQ communities in both public and personal spaces. For more than thirty years, photographer Lola Flash has used the camera to elevate and celebrate the lives of queer people of color. Through her early activism work with AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP), her images of queer life in New York City and her latest work – a series of women over the age of seventy, Flash offers specificity, power and a presence that cannot be ignored. Alongside Flash’s work, a special focus of this evening will be highlighting emerging imagemakers around the globe, particularly young people of color. Together, we will explore a broader examination on identity, how one navigates public and private spaces, how communities are formed, and how safety is established and maintained.


Still from “IF THIS MEANS YOU” 2016, single channel video, 10 mins, by Jibade-Khalil Huffman

Jibade-Khalil Huffman and Sable Elyse Smith
In Conversation

Friday, April 13th | 7 – 8:30pm
Event is free but seating is limited, seating on a first come basis
Suggested Donation $5

Please join us for a conversation between Jibade-Khalil Huffman and Sable Elyse Smith. Jibade-Khalil Huffman is an artist working fluidly across poetry, video, photography, and installation. His works are experimentations relating archives and collage to nostalgia and memory, where the written and the visual meet in between. Sable Elyse Smith is an interdisciplinary artist and writer based in New York. Her practice considers memory and trauma while enacting an undoing of language. She works from the archive of her own body creating new syntax for knowing and not knowing, thereby marking the difference between witnessing and watching.


#000000000000003.v2 by Studio Duo, 2017

Intertwined Practices

Wednesday, November 15th | 7 pm
Event is free but seating is limited, seating on a first come basis
Suggested Donation $5

Please join us for a conversation between Studio Duo (Bia Monteiro & Matthew Papa) and Tal Gilboa & Elizabeth Stehl Kleberg, moderated by Michi Jigarjian, President of Baxter St at CCNY, & Libby Pratt, Director, also founders of New Draft Collective. The discussion will center on collaborative practice.



Flower Girl by Pam Butler

As Object
A conversation with Pam Butler and Leigh Ledare

Thursday, October 12th | 7 pm
Event is free but seating is limited, seating on a first come basis
Suggested Donation $5

Please join us for a conversation between artist Pam Butler and curator Leigh Ledare. The evening will center on Butler’s solo show ‘As Object’ currently on view at Baxter St at CCNY.


Landscape #10, by Jesse Chun

Landscape #10, 2014, by Jesse Chun

Home Place
A conversation with Louis Chan, Jesse Chun, and Motohiro Takeda

Monday, April 10th | 7 pm
Event is free but seating is limited, seating on a first come basis
Suggested Donation $5

Baxter St at CCNY is pleased to present an evening with lens-based artists Louis Chan, Jesse Chun, and Motohiro Takeda. Moderated by Baxter St at CCNY Director, Libby Pratt, the evening will feature a conversation with the artists and short presentations of their work.



film still by Conrad Ventur

IVY Film Screening

Friday, December 2nd | 7:30 pm
Seating is very limited, RSVP to advised
Suggested Donation $5

Join us on December 2nd for a film screening to coincide with our current exhibition IVY by Conrad Ventur, curated by William Corwin. The program will include works by Cheryl Donegan, Jonas Mekas, and Andy Warhol. Donegan, Mekas , Ventur and exhibition curator William Corwin will be present to take questions following the program.



Cinthya Santos Briones, image from Indigenous Migrant Women in New York

Mexican Tertulia

Sunday, October 30th | 2-4 pm
Event is free but seating is limited, RSVP to to secure a seat
Suggested Donation $5

Baxter St at CCNY and the Celebrate Mexico Now Festival present a Mexican Tertulia. An event of 7-minute lightning talks featuring lens-based artists of Mexican heritage. The evening will feature a series of short talks by Irma Bohórquez-GeislerKarla CarballarGabriel Garcia RomanAlan Ruiz, and Cinthya Santos Briones presenting their work.



Past Conversations

The Personal as Political: Cross-cultural views of surveillance, control, and the body with Joey Lico, Ofri Cnaani, and Eric Corriel
Brian Young in conversation with Joseph Rodriguez
– Fryd Frydendahl in conversation with Allen Frame
[aEGtTPMv.4:] Scopodelic Perspectives on The Plummet Machine with Matthew C. Lange
A Terrible Compromise: Matthew Morrocco and Rachel Stern in Conversation
A Reading with Robert Marshall, Matthew Sharpe, and Wendy Walters
– Inbal Abergil in Conversation with Elisabeth Sherman and Maurice Emerson Decaul, moderated by Allen Frame

– Jen Davis and Tommy Kha in Conversation
Victoria Keddie and Scott Kiernan discuss their E.S.P. TV Coast to Coast Tour
Zackary Drucker & Mariette Pathy Allen in Conversation moderated by Allen Frame
A Conversation with Igael Shemtov with Rona Yefman and Allen Frame
Juan Betancurth, Regine Basha, and Benjamin Fredrickson in Conversation

Anthony Fuller & Katie Murray in Conversation with Joseph Maida
– 2014 Juried Exhibition – Gallery Talk
Vincent Cianni with Alison Nordstorm
George Awde
Sara Macel with Marvin Heiferman
The Space Beyond: Katharina Bosse, Alexander Gehring, Andrea Grützner, and Paula Winkler

– Amani Willett with Marvin Heiferman
– Shen Wei
– Photoville 2013: The 2013 CCNY Darkroom Residents
– Ryan Foerster with Bob Nickas
– Kenneth Zoran Curwood
Keren Moscovitch with Allen Frame
Tiana Markova-Gold with Sarah Dohrmann
Dulce Pinzón

Tom Jarmusch with Lindsey Castillo
– Honky Tonk: Henry Horenstein
The New Women International: Vanessa Rocco with Saul Robbins
Third Annual Zine and Self Published Photo Book Fair
Janelle Lynch at Photoville
– Index of Maladjustment screening curated by Lindsey Castillo

Other Places: Molly Landreth with Tema Stauffer
– Works on Paper: Chad Kleitsch with Kate Menconeri
– The Male Gazed: Amy Elkins, Paul Mpagi Sepuya & Jessica Yatrofsky with Allen Frame
– Jessica Yatrofsky book signing and video screening of I Heart Boy
– Alison Davies in Conversation with Lorie Novak
– Marie Losier

– Omar Gámez in conversation with curator Aldo Sanchez and photographer Allen Frame and Livia Corona in conversation with poet Gaspar Orozco
– Lauren Kelley in Conversation with Yulia Tikhonova
– Zine and Self–Published Photo Book Fair
– Lauren Kelley in Conversation with Yulia Tikhonova
– Victor Sira Conversation as part of the Zine and Self–Published Photo Book Fair
– A New Landscape: Scanner, Game, Charcoal, and the Nude
– Interiority Complex
– Henry Horenstein book signing and film presentation