Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC

I’m giving a public lecture at the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina tonight, March 18 at 6pm, hosted by the Art Department at UNC Greensboro and photography patron Maggie Triplette. The Weatherspoon recently acquired the print, Randall Clunen, from the Purple Hearts series. If you make it to Greensboro, try and visit the Elsewhere Collective, a Warhol Foundation sponsored project, and a place like no other.

International Women’s Day — Kimberly, a work in progress

On international woman’s day I offer up a few photographs and a video of my dear friend Kim, a courageous woman I met in London in 1990 when she was a teenager living on the street fleeing sexual abuse. Kim’s been a huge part of my life ever since. She moved to New York in the early 1990’s and I’ve photographed her on and off but never published any images. I’m concerned I won’t have much time left with her, so I’ve started to organize the work — my photos and videos and her materials – drawings, poems, writings, her early family photographs, hospital reports, etc. She’s worthy of at least a book or a film. All photographs © Nina Berman.

Purple Hearts visits Voorhesville High School

I’m pleased to announce that the Purple Hearts exhibition will be on display at the Clayton A. Bouton High School in Voorheesville, New York from March 1 through March 18, 2011. Not many would be so proud to publicize a high school exhibition — hardly glamorous, not likely to bring in collectors, but showing Purple Hearts to young audiences has been one of my most rewarding experiences as a photographer. I started presenting and exhibiting in high schools in 2004, first visiting high schools in New York and New Jersey, and then with a grant, traveling with Robert Acosta, one of the subjects of Purple Hearts, to high schools across the country. In many of the classes we visited, students had family members serving in the armed forces, or they themselves were being recruited. Last year, in conjunction with the Whitney Museum of American Art 2010 Biennial, I served as an artist in residence, working with New York City high school students at the museum to create works that focused on their interpretation of war. Teenagers make for a really exciting and committed audience and I encourage any artist/photographer/journalist to seek them out. I would be interested in hearing comments from other photographers who would like to share their experiences working with high school students.