ephemra, Allen Frame


Palermo Publishing announces Italian book launch and presentations of its first monograph of photography, Whereupon, a selection of images by New York photographer Allen Frame, from the late 1970s to the early 1990s, in black and white and color.

Whereupon expands the premise of Allen Frame’s recent book Fever (color photographs of 1981, Matte Editions, 2021) to show a broader time period with the same subject: his artist friends in their apartments and lofts and on the streets and beaches of New York. Also included are scenes from Sound in the Distance, a series of monologues by David Wojnarowicz which Frame co-adapted and co-directed with Kirsten Bates, in 1983 and 84, in New York and Berlin.

A limited edition zine Whereupon, Turmoil (Palermo Publishing, 2024) will also be released that includes stills of performers in Turmoil in the Garden, from a 1983 video by Frank Franca, along with posters from the production in New York in 1983 and a subsequent production in a loft in Berlin in 1984. The zine also reproduces memorabilia from Allen Frame’s private collection from that period, along with postcards and posters of other events. At Leporello, an installation of photographs and ephemera from the book Whererupon and the zine Whereupon, Turmoil will be on display until 25 July 2024.

Here is the program:

WHEREUPON, TURMOIL Installation of photographs and ephemera 
curated by Allen Frame 
May 29th – July 25th 2024
Leporello - photobooks et al. via del Pigneto 162/e, Roma
Discussion and Book signing
Whereupon  With Allen Frame and Michele Bertolino
May 29th, 7 PM
Leporello - photobooks et al. via del Pigneto 162/e, Roma
Discussion and Book signing
Whereupon  With Allen Frame and Michele Bertolino
May 31st, 6 PM
Sicilia Queer Filmfest Cre.Zi. Plus, Cantieri Culturali della Zisa, Palermo
Readings  from Sounds in the Distance by David Wojnarowicz
with Allen Frame, Gabriele Giugni, and Jeanine Oleson
June 4th 7 PM
Spazio Supernova Santa Maria in Trastevere, 1a Roma

Allen Frame’s first photography monograph, Detour (KEHRER), was published in 2001, followed by Fever (Matte Editions) in 2021. His book Innamorato (Meteoro Editions) was published in 2023. He won the Rome Prize in photography in 2017/18, and spent a year in Italy at the American Academy in Rome.  After residencies in St. Petersburg and Ekaterinburg, Russia, through CEC Artslink in 2019, he returned to Italy in 2021 as a Director’s Guest at Civitella Ranieiri in Umbria. Much of his recent work has been made in Italy. Last year he co-curated, with Antonio Sergio Bessa, an exhibition called Luxe, Calme, Volupté about New York in the 1980s with 75 artists, a satellite show at Candice Madey Gallery coinciding with the exhibition Darrel Ellis: Regeneration, presented at the Bronx Museum.  Darrel Ellis is featured both in Whereupon and in Fever. Other notable artists depicted in the two books include Peter Hujar, Bill Rice, Cady Noland, Robert Gober, Siobhan Liddell, Frank Moore, and Nan Goldin.  Frame is an Adjunct Professor of Photography at Pratt Institute (MFA) and also teaches at the School of Visual Arts, the International Center of Photography in New York, and for Strudelmedia. He grew up in Mississippi and graduated from Harvard. His work is represented by Gitterman Gallery.

Michele Bertolino (he/him) is an independent curator and researcher. He collaborates with Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo as coordinator of the Young Curators Residency Program and with GUCCI as curator of Controluce, a video art program for the Gucci Garden. He is curator of the publication Porpora - book of photographs by Lina Pallotta about Porpora Marcasciano, a historic Italian trans activist. In 2016 he founded with Bernardo Follini, Giulia Gregnanin and Sebastiano Pala the curatorial collective Il Colorificio. His writings have been published in NERO Magazine, Flash Art, Mousse Magazine.

Leporello - photobooks et al. is  bookshop and  project space focused on books and images, with the aim of promoting and disseminating a multidisciplinary and wide approach to visual culture. Rome, Via del Pigneto, 162/e

Sicilia Queer Filmfest is the first international festival of lgbt cinema and new visions in Sicily. It was born from the widespread demand for non-sanctioned, innovative, critical thought and culture and the need to represent a society in movement. Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa, Palermo 25 May – 31 May 2024

Spazio Supernova is a site-specific art experiment, exhibition and cultural space. Rome, Santa Maria in Trastevere, 1a.