Guest Artists - Claire Oliver Gallery

Guest Artists

Ruben Natal-San Miguel

New York City’s relationship with photography is rich and layered, but unfortunately, is often seen as hackneyed and spent. Its iconic touchstones and most innovative moments, landscape, and architecture have been photographed and re-photographed so many times that there is often an impression that nothing new can be said.

Enter Ruben Natal-San Miguel, who has been photographing nearly every inch of the city for the past two decades, building on its visual history while adding his own, fresh perspective to the conversation. San Miguel, who moved to New York City from Boston in 1992, originally working as an architect, then art collector, curator, and photographer, approaches its various communities with a unique sensitivity. His pictures, which cover wide geographical and cultural terrain, push against the too-often problematic gaze of documentary photography, in exchange for something that celebrates the city’s many inhabitants. This may be influenced in part by his experience as a survivor of the September 11th attacks, and a desire to preserve what he holds dear

February 20, 2021 to April 3, 2021

Claire Oliver Gallery

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“As longtime residents of Harlem, we are inspired by the rich cultural lineage of our neighborhood,” states gallerist Claire Oliver. “In the midst of this challenging year when we have all been so isolated, we wanted to showcase the resiliency and celebrate the individuals, geography, and culture of Harlem through the intimacy of photography while also supporting a vital organization that provides urgently needed aid to our community in this time of need.”

A portion of the proceeds from the exhibition will go towards supporting the more than 1,200 meals being served daily at the Salem United Methodist Church on 129th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd. “This is one of the biggest opportunities to feed people who are hungry,” said Winston Majette, Harlem Week Executive Director.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2021    Mint Museum of Art, Contemporary Art Collection. Charlotte, NC.
2021    Musée MUSÉE DE LA CIVILISATION
2021    Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art Re-Opening
2021    Fitchburg Museum of Art, Fitchburg Massachusetts.
2020    “Expanding The Pantheon : Women R Beautiful” Solo exhibition  Mint Museum Of Art, Charlotte, NC.
2020    “Harlem Postcards” Studio Museum of Harlem, NYC.
2020    “NY Responds” Museum of The City Of NY, Manhattan, NYC
2020    “New York Stories” Museum Of The City of New York, Manhattan, NYC.
2020    “The Big Picture”: Giant Photographs And Powerful Portfolios
2020    “Styling” Black Expression, Rebellion And Joy Through Fashion, Presented by Long Gallery Harlem and Nordstrom, NYC.
2020    Postmasters Roma Selections from the Collection, Rome, Italy
2020    “Women R Beautiful”, Postmasters Gallery, New York
2020    “Summer Stock” Craven Contemporary Gallery, Kent, Connecticut.
2020    “The Confidence Game”. Artsy Curated by Savannah
2020    “Spring Affair” Center For Photography At Woodstock, Woodstock, NY.
2020    A Light Exists in Spring: Group Exhibition, Gallery 52, Jeffersonville, NY
2020    Members Show, Center For Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY.
2020    “THE ARCHIVE TO COME” Telematic Media Arts Gallery San Francisco, Ca. Curated by Carla Giannis
2020    “Racism: The Other American Pandemic” Eastern Connecticut University Gallery
2019    “Making the Invisible: Visible ‘’ Solo exhibition, Center For Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY.
2019    “NY Summer Longing Never Fade”, LMAK Gallery, Manhattan, NYC.
2019    “Summertime Salon” Group Exhibition. Robin Rice Gallery, NYC.
2019    “Members Show” Center For Photography At Woodstock, Woodstock, NY.
2019    “Queer As I” Group show. HERE Art Center , Manhattan, NYC
2019    69/19: Woodstock, Stonewall & the Moon Landing, Gallery 52, Jeffersonville, NY
2019    “Pride”, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY
2019    “ROLE PLAY”, Postmasters Gallery, Roma
2018    “Summertime Salon” Group Exhibition . Robin Rice Gallery, NYC.
2018    “Greetings From Coney Island”Group exhibit . United States District Court for the Eastern District of NY .
2017    “Made In NYC” Solo show Exhibition at Independent Projects, LES, NYC.
2017    “UPTOWN” Triennial Of Contemporary Art- Museo Del Barrio, Manhattan, NYC.
2017    “Contemporary Art Permanent Collection exhibition.  Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina.
2017    “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” WhiteBox NYC.
2016    “WE AMEricans” Station Independent Projects Gallery, Manhattan, NYC.
2016    Pushing Buttons, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY
2015    Aperture Foundation Benefit & Auction Gala, New York, NY
2015    “Street Life: A New York City Vanishing Act” SoHo Photo Gallery, NYC
2010    “First Class: Second Class”  Asya Geisberg Gallery Manhattan, NYC.


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John Pinderhughes

John Pinderhughes has been a working photographer for over 50 years.  He has worked as a commercial photographer in New York City for more than 50 years; operating his own full service studio for the past 45 years.  At the same time, he has been honored with a continuous series of shows over that period.

With multi-faceted interests, Pinderhughes has pursued both a commercial career and one in fine art photography.  His striking images have garnered the recognition of both commercial art
directors and gallery/museum curators, as well as satisfying the interests of their diverse and separate audiences.  Pinderhughes’ talent and reputation for  excellence have been  recognized with many awards; including awards from The Art Director’s Club, Design competitions, The Clio

Awards, The CEBA Awards, magazine competitions, and others. Pinderhughes’ fine art photography is not an appendage of his commercial work, but a separate Sphere of influence.  His images explore variations in pattern, texture, light, and line.  He has been widely exhibited and is represented in major collections; including The Picker Art Gallery / Colgate University, The Museum Of Modern Art, The Studio Museum In Harlem, The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Ringling Museum

Pinderhughes has been the recipient of numerous grants including recently The Katrina Media Fellowship from the Open Society Institute where he worked in post-Katrina Louisiana.

February 20, 2021 to April 3, 2021

Claire Oliver Gallery

View exhibit press release (pdf)

“As longtime residents of Harlem, we are inspired by the rich cultural lineage of our neighborhood,” states gallerist Claire Oliver. “In the midst of this challenging year when we have all been so isolated, we wanted to showcase the resiliency and celebrate the individuals, geography, and culture of Harlem through the intimacy of photography while also supporting a vital organization that provides urgently needed aid to our community in this time of need.”

A portion of the proceeds from the exhibition will go towards supporting the more than 1,200 meals being served daily at the Salem United Methodist Church on 129th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd. “This is one of the biggest opportunities to feed people who are hungry,” said Winston Majette, Harlem Week Executive Director.

Selected Collections:

The Museum Of Modern Art; New York, NY.
The Schomberg Center For Research In Black Culture; New York, NY.
The DeMenil Foundation; Houston, TX.
The Studio Museum In Harlem; New York, NY.
Howard University; Washington, DC.
The Picker Art Gallery; Colgate University, Hamilton, NY.
The Axa (Equitable) Collection; New York, NY.
Goldman Sachs & Company; New York, NY.
The Detroit Institute Of Arts, Detroit, MI
The John L. Warfield Center, The University of Texas; Austin, Texas
Smithsonian National Museum Of African American History And Culture; Washington, DC.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2016        Reflections/Meditations: A Retrospective Of Photography By John Pinderhughes; Crossroads Gallery; Notre Dame Center For Arts & Culture; University Of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN.
2016        Life And Light: St. Louis Cemetery No.1 Reframed Through The Lens Of John Pinderhughes; The John L. Warfield Center For African & African American Studies; The University Of Texas At Austin; Austin, TX
2015        Quiet Scripture; The June Kelly Gallery, New York, NY.
2014        John Pinderhughes/ A Digi-Retrospective & Conversation; Harlem Art Salon, New York, NY.
2012        Eatonville Embodied; The Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Art, Eatonville, FL.
2011        A Heritage Fulfilled: Photographs Of West Africa By John Pinderhughes; Museum Of Art And Origins, New York, NY.
2010        The Katrina Portraits; The East Meadow Public Library, East Meadow, NY.
2000        Majestic Vista: The Landscape Of Eastern Long Island; The June Kelly Gallery, New York, NY.
2000        John Pinderhughes: Soliloquies; The Sherry Washington Gallery, Detroit, MI.
1999        A Celebration Of Nature; The Nature Conservancy, Holand & Holand, New York, NY.
1993        A Photographer’s View; AT&T, Holmdel, NJ.
1990        Dry Bones & Burnt Offerings: The Bronx Museum Of The Arts, Bronx, NY.
1989        John Pinderhughes: Recent Work; G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, Birmingham, MI.
1989        John Pinderhughes; The Cinque Gallery, New York, NY.
1987        The Photographer’s Eye; The Port Washington Public Library, Port Washington, NY.
1985        John Pinderhughes: An African Experience Revisited; Charles H. Wright Museum Of African American History, Detroit, MI.
1984        Wavelines / Martha’s Vineyard; Gallery 62, The National Urban League, New York, NY.
1982        The Shady Side Portfolio; The W E B Dubois Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1979        John Pinderhughes; The University Of North Carolina Greensboro, Greensboro, NC.
1978        John Pinderhughes; Hoffman LaRoche Pharmaceuticals, Nutley, NJ
1972        John Pinderhughes; The Metropolitan Applied Research Center, New York, NY.

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2020        Visions 1020; Wilmer Jennings Gallery / Kenkeleba House, New York, NY
2018        The Beautiful Difference; Featherstone Center For The Arts; Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
2018        The Black Woman: Power and Grace; Kamoinge, The National Arts Club, New York, NY
2017        Uptown; The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY.
2017        More Than A Picture; National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC.
2015        On Being Black; Arnika Dawkins Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2014        Kamoinge & En Foco: Advancing The Frame; The Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York, NY.
2014        Optional Allusions: Art In Flux Harlem, Aloft Hotel, New York, NY
2013        Permanent Collection: The General Motor’s Center For African American Art; Detroit         Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
2012        Kamoinge: Revealing The Face Of Katrina; Gordon Parks Gallery, The College Of New Rochelle, Bronx, NY
2011        Doren’s Eye; Sechrest Art Gallery, High Point University, High Point, NC
2008        Moving Walls 14; Open Society Institute, New York, NY.
2007        Death Bizarre; Center For Photography At Woodstock, Woodstock, NY
2007        Kamoinge: Revealing The Face Of Katrina; Calumet HP Gallery, New York, NY.
2007        Celebration: Nine Artists Commemorate the 35th. Anniversary of Winston Salem Delta Fine Arts; Winstem Salem, NC.
2006        Soul Food; The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
2006        Engulfed By Katrina: Photographs Before & After The Storm; Nathan Cummings Foundation New York University Tish School Of Arts; New York, NY.
2005        Saturday Night / Sunday Morning; African American Museum In Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA.
2002        Untitled; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.
2001        Committed To The Image: Contemporary Black Photographers; The Brooklyn Museum Of Art, Brooklyn, NY.
2000        Reflections In Black: A History Of African American Photographers 1840 To Present; Arts & Industries Gallery, The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.
1999        Jazz Plus / Kamoinge; The UFA Gallery, New York, NY.
1992        Paintings & Photographs; The Alitash Kebede Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
1991        New York Time; DeMeervaart Cultural Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
1991        The Pleasures And Terrors Of Domestic Comfort; The Museum Of Modern Art, NY, NY.
1990        Home: Contemporary Urban Images; The Studio Museum In Harlem, New York, NY.
1990        Images Of Africa; Cinque Gallery, New York, NY.
1989        Photographs & Diaries; The Photo Canter Gallery, Tisch School Of The Arts, New York University, New York, NY.
1989        The National Black Arts Festival; Atlanta, GA.
1987        Curator’s Choice: The Photographer’s Mind; CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY.
1986        Contemporary African American Photography; The Weatherspoon Gallery, The University Of North Carolina Greensboro, Greensboro, NC.
1986        Two Schools: New York & Chicago; Kenkeleba Gallery, New York, NY.
1986        America: Another Perspective; The Photo Center Gallery, Tisch School Of The Arts, New York University, New York, NY.
1986        Contemporary Afro-American Photography; The Weatherspoon Gallery, The University Of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC.
1985        Contemporary Afro American Photography; The Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
1983        Contemporary Afro-American Photography; Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH.
1982        Photography: Image & Imagination; Jazzonia Gallery, Detroit, MI.
1982        Recent Acquisitions; The Schomberg Center For Research In Black Culture, New York, NY.
1980        Self Portrait; The Springfield Museum Of Fine Art, Springfield, MA
1980        Selections From The Permanent Collection; The Studio Museum In Harlem; New York, NY.
1979        Encounters; The Studio Museum In Harlem, New York, NY.
1979        The Black Photographer; The San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
1979        Diaspora 2: Festival De Diaspora Africaine Du Nouveau Monde; Port Au Prince, Haiti.
1978        The Black Photographer; The Pittsburg Arts Institute, Pittsburg, PA.
1978        Art In Photography; The Peg Alston Gallery, New York, NY.
1977        The Black Photographer; The Cocoran Gallery, Washington, DC.
1976        Light Textures Three; Just Above Midtown Gallery, New York, NY.
1972        The Flag Show; Judson Memorial Church, New York, NY.


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Shawn W. Walker

Born and raised in Harlem, NYC, I see myself as a fine arts photographer with a documentary foundation. I look for the truth within the image, the multi-layers of existence, and the ironies in our everyday lives. Working from a Black Aesthetic, my work tries to speak to everyone. For more than 50 years, I have tried to reflect on the positive aspects of my community and to see the relationships between various communities of color.

A master darkroom printer, I printed my own earlier work. Now working exclusively in digital video and photography, I strive to maintain those earlier standards. In all my work, I have let the images speak for themselves — only using color and my own individual vision to enhance them. In all cases, the viewer is an integral part of the art, as he/she interacts with the image.

In these three portfolios, I move from the more concrete/documentary images of the “Ritual and Spirit”/“Parade” series where everyday people get to express the significance of their ancestors and culture to the more surreal “Be-Bop” and abstract “Misterioso” series were found images call to other dimensions of being/understanding.

Finally, I strive to incorporate the spiritual past into our present, so we may learn and find alternatives to make life better: working in black and white and color, analog and digital, still and video/film media. I look into the intersections of dark and light, into the shadows that grow the seeds of existence.”

February 20, 2021 to April 3, 2021

Claire Oliver Gallery

View exhibit press release (pdf)

“As longtime residents of Harlem, we are inspired by the rich cultural lineage of our neighborhood,” states gallerist Claire Oliver. “In the midst of this challenging year when we have all been so isolated, we wanted to showcase the resiliency and celebrate the individuals, geography, and culture of Harlem through the intimacy of photography while also supporting a vital organization that provides urgently needed aid to our community in this time of need.”

A portion of the proceeds from the exhibition will go towards supporting the more than 1,200 meals being served daily at the Salem United Methodist Church on 129th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd. “This is one of the biggest opportunities to feed people who are hungry,” said Winston Majette, Harlem Week Executive Director.

Collections: 

Brooklyn Museum
Charles Perry Rand Foundation
Harlem Arts Collection
James Van Der Zee Institute
Museum of Modern Art, NYC
National Afro-American Museum, Wilberforce, OH
New York Public Library, Main Branch
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
The Studio Museum in Harlem
William Patterson Foundation

Exhibitions:

2014
“Kamoinge + En Foco: Advancing the Frame” Nathan Cummings Foundation, NYC
“Reflections of Monk: Inspired Images of Music and Moods II”, The Dwyer Cultural Center, NY

2013
“Jazz. Covers. Politics”, Nathan Cummings Foundation, NYC
“Art and Protest”, The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, NYC
“Salute to Sekou Sundiata”, The Apollo Theater, NYC
“Harlem Art Walk” Open Studio, NYC
“New York Photo Show” The Lighthouse, NYC

2012
“Heart and Soul: African American by African American Photographers” Keith de Lellis Gallery, NYC
”Kamoinge: Revealing the Face of Katrina”, Group Show, Gordon Parks Gallery, College of New Rochelle, Bronx, NY
“Reflections of Monk: Inspired Images of Music and Moods”, Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba, NYC
“Harlem & the City” The City College of New York, NYC
“Old Harlem New Harlem: Images of Transformation Photographic Exhibition” Rio II Gallery, NYC
“Harlem Art Walk” Open Studio, NYC

2011
“Harlem Views/Diaspora Visions: The New Harlem Renaissance Photographers”, Group Show, Schomburg Center, NYC
Traveled Rhodes International Sculpture Arts Garden. Brooklyn, NY

2010
“Neo African Identities”, Group Show, Baobab Center, Rochester, NY
“Kamoinge: In The Moment”, Group Show, HP Gallery at Calulmet Photo, NYC

2008
Group Show. Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba, NYC

2007
“Kamoinge: Revealing the Face of Katrina” Group Show, HP Gallery at Calumet Photo, NYC
“The Rhythm of Life” Group Show, Nordstrom, various locations nationally
Group show for Katrina grant recipients on Open Society Website. !3

2006
“Lifestyles: Celebrating Black History Month”, Group show at Nordstrom various locations nationally
Kamoinge-Ferman Scholarship exhibition and auction, Group show, Columbia College, Chicago
“The Eye of the Storm, Images of New Orleans”, Group show, Columbia University, NYC
“Amadou Diallo: A Memorial”, Group show, Casa Frela, NYC

2005
Group show, The 2nd International Photographic Exhibition, NYC
Group show, PCOG Gallery, NYC
“Water Inner Landscape”, three-person show, Casa Frela, NYC
Faculty Show, City College Art Department, NYC
“Message in the Masquerade: Carnival from Brooklyn to Bahia”, Group show, Nathan Cummings Foundation, NYC

2004
“Movement Movers”, IRIDAC, City College NYC
Group show, PCOG Gallery, NYC
Faculty Show, City College Art Department, NYC

2003
Group show, PCOG Gallery, NYC
Faculty Show, City College Art Department, NYC

2002
“Carnival in Brooklyn: West Indian Labor Day Parade”, Group show,
Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY

2001
“African and African-American Artists”, Group show, PCOG Gallery, NY
“Committed to the Image”, Group show, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
“A Photographic Show”, three-person show, Marymount College, NYC
Web-based group exhibit and sale, artnet.com

2000
“Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840-Present”, Group show, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC

1999
“Ritual and Spirit”, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Group show, Bronx River Center, Bronx, NY
“Jazz Plus”, Kamoinge group show, UFA Gallery, NYC
Faculty Show, City College Art Department
Group show, Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship, NYC
“Black Photographers of the 20th Century”, Group show, The Schomburg
Center for Research in Black Culture, NYC
25th Annual Group Show, En Foco, El Museo del Bario, NYC

1998
“At One With God”, Group show, 92nd Street Y, NYC
Faculty Show, City College Art Department, NYC

1997
Hatch-Billops Collection, Group show, NYC
“Ritual and Spirit”, two-person show, Cinque Gallery, NYC
Faculty Show, City College Art Department, NYC

1996
“Shadow Series”, College of New Rochelle, Bronx, NY
25th Anniversary Group Show, Empire State College, NYC
“Say It Loud: Kamoinge Group Show”, Art in the Atrium, Montclair, NJ
Faculty Show, City College Art Department, NYC
“The Dedicators”, Group show, Brooklyn, NY

1995
Faculty show, City College Art Department, NYC

1994
Kamoinge Anniversary Show, Countee Cullen Library, NYC
Cinque Gallery Anniversary Show and Sale, Group show, NYC
National Conference of Artists’ Annual Show, NYC
Faculty Show, International Center of Photography, NYC
Faculty Show, City College Art Department, NYC
Faculty Show, Queensborough College, Queens, NY

1993
“Shadow, Dreams and Manifestations”, Three-person show, Cinque Gallery, NYC
“There is a World Through Our Eyes” Rockland State Museum, NY

1990
“Workers Exhibit”, Group show, NYS Legislature, Albany, NY
Faculty Show, Queensborough College, Queens, NY


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