Rania Matar, Reem, Doha Heights, Lebanon, from A Girl and Her Room, 2010/2016.

Society for Contemporary Craft
May 14
6 – 9 p.m.

For its ninth edition, Silver Eye Center for Photography’s biennial auction is setting up shop off-site at the Society for Contemporary Craft.

Jessica Labatte, (Green to Red and Blue to Yellow), from Cross Processed, 2012.
Jessica Labatte, (Green to Red and Blue to Yellow), from Cross Processed, 2012.

A signature fundraiser for the South Side-based, nonprofit contemporary photography center, this year’s buzz-worthy benefit auction features an outstanding selection of vintage and contemporary work by local and national artists.

The auction roster reads like a who’s who of photography luminaries—from pioneering and influential masters and exceptional emerging talents, to leading mid-career photographers and cutting-edge image-makers.

Duane Michals, Andy Warhol, 1962/2015.
Duane Michals, Andy Warhol, 1962/2015.

Don’t miss this rare chance to kickstart your personal art collection and purchase your very own original work by legendary photographers such as Duane Michals, Esther Bubley, Luke Swank, Jessica Labatte, Rosalie Gwathmey, and many others.

The exciting live auction will have 76 lots up for bid, while more than 20 works will be available during the event’s silent auction. Works in the auction are expected to sell for between $200 and $5,000.

Special guest auctioneer for the night is Concept Art Gallery owner, Sam Berkovitz. This year’s Honorary Chair is Graham Shearing, while Lori Hepner and Brian Lang are serving as Honorary Committee Chairs.

Proceeds from the auction, which raised some $50,000 in 2014 will support Silver Eye’s artists, exhibitions, programs, Fellowship grants, and more.

For a sneak peek of the entire auction, view the catalogue online here. Absentee bidding is taking place online prior to Saturday’s event.

Patrons can buy tickets online or at the door.

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Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.