Mattress Factory

April 17, April 28, May 8
7 p.m.


The PGH Photo Fair and Mattress Factory are teaming up to launch a new and free  Speaker Series focused on collecting and appreciating the fine art of photography. Designed to augment the upcoming third annual PGH Photo Fair, the 2014 Speaker Series features three free events at the Northside museum.  Conversation topics will include the nuts and bolts of collecting photography, connoisseurship, the current state of the art form and an insider’s view of the market.

The series kicks off on April 17th, with a special Collector’s Panel. Moderated by director of PGH Photo Fair, Evan Mirapaul, the panel will feature artist and collector Laura Bidwell, who is founder of Cleveland’s Transformer Station; Peter J. Cohen, a New York-based collector of vernacular and contemporary photography; Brian Lang, curator of the BNY Mellon collection of works on paper in Pittsburgh; and Pittsburgh-based contemporary art collector, Woody Ostrow. Attendees will learn firsthand how a broad range of collectors started their collections and changed their collecting strategies over time, while also hearing their perspectives on today’s market. A Q & A will follow the discussion.

On April 28th, don’t miss a talk by Daile Kaplan, vice president and director of photographs and photobooks and an auctioneer at Swann Galleries. A specialist on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, Kaplan has also appeared on The History Channel, HGTV and The Discovery Channel. On May 8th, the Speaker Series will welcome Sam Berkovitz, founder and director of Pittsburgh’s Concept Art Gallery. A licensed auctioneer and certified member of the Appraisers Association of America, Berkovitz will lead a show and tell of works by artists who are from Pittsburgh or worked extensively here, such as Luke Swank, W. Eugene Smith and Clyde Hare.

The first-of-its-kind PGH Photo Fair, which debuted in 2012, will return for its third installment on May 17 and May 18th at Carnegie Museum of Art.

Kikuji Kawada, The Setting Sun Toward Pyramid,  Tokyo 1989 Courtesy of L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, New York.

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.