Jaime Permuth is a Guatemalan photographer living and working in New York City. In 1991 he graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a double major in Psychology and English Literature. In 1994 he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York.
His photographs have been shown at several venues in New York City, including The Museum of Modern Art, The Queens Museum of Art, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Museum of the City of New York, The Jewish Museum, El Museo del Barrio, and The Brooklyn Museum of Art. He has also exhibited internationally at the Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno in Guatemala, Casa del Lago in Mexico City, and the Israeli Parliament. Among others, his work is included in the collections of the Polaroid Corporation, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Museum of the City of New York, Yeshiva University Museum, State University of New York New Paltz, Art Museum of the Americas (DC), Fullerton Art Museum (CA) and Museum of Art Ft. Lauderdale (FLA). He has received commissions from El Museo del Barrio, The Queens Museum of Art, The Jewish Museum, and Queens Theater in the Park.
As an Artist/Educator he is a Faculty member at the School of Visual Arts and has designed workshops and taught classes for the Center for Creative Aging, el Museo del Barrio, International Center of Photography, State University of New York New Paltz, Kean University, Maine Photographic Workshops, and San Francisco Camerawork.
Born in Guatemala, 1968
-Master of Professional Studies in Digital Photography, School of Visual Arts, NYC, 2009.
-Master of Fine Arts in Photography, School of Visual Arts, NYC, 1994.
-Attended on full scholarship and graduated from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a dual major B.A. in Psychology and English Literature, 1990.
-American School of Guatemala, 1985.
-Lois Greenfield Studio (books and exhibitions) 1994-97
-Gilles Peress (books and exhibitons) 1996-97
-Silverworks (on Avedon, Leibowitz, and S. Klein)
-Sarah Jenkins Fine Art Printing (on Mary Ellen Mark, Pamela Hanson)
-Faculty Member, School of Visual Arts, Master of Fine Arts in Teaching Arts Education.
-Taught courses or workshops for The State University of New York New Paltz, Kean University (NJ), The Maine Photographic Workshops, El Museo del Barrio, The International Center of Photography (ICP) and Elders Share the Arts.
Grants and Awards:
-New York Photography Festival, 2009, Nominated for an award in the Student Fine Art Single image category.
-School of Visual Arts (NY), Paula Rhodes Memorial Award, 2009.
-School of Visual Arts (NY), Innovation in Digital Photography Award, 2009.
-NALAC Fund for the Arts, 2006, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, Ford Foundation, and JP Morgan Chase.
-Finalist, Art in General New Commissions, 2005.
-Texas Commission on the Arts, grant to produce and travel the exhibition “Family Triptych” in the state of Texas, 2004.
-Daniele Agostino Foundation, 2004.
-Instituo Guatemalteco Americano, 2004.
-Nominated for UC Berkeley’s “The Baum, an Emerging American Photographer Award”, 2004.
-Runner-up to the Grand Prize, Subasta Nacional Rotaria, Guatemala 2003
-Artist-in-Residence at Centro de Investigaciones Regionales Mesoamericanas (CIRMA), Guatemala, May and June 2003, working on the exhibition project Archivo para una Ciudad Imaginaria (Archive for an Imaginary City).
-Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize Semifinalist (with Roberto Tejada), Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University 2002.
-Nominated for an Art Grant from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, 2001.
-Longwood Arts Project, Artist-In-Residence, September 2000 - May 2001.
-Polaroid Collections Grant, Spring 2000.
-Daniele Agostino Foundation, November 1999.
-Daniele Agostino Foundation, June 1999.
-Fuji Photo Film USA, Inc., June 1999.
-Leica Professional Services, June 1999.
-Duggal Color Projects, June 1999.
-Lindsay D. Shea, March 1999.
-Haro Foundation, March 1999.
-Duggal Color Projects, March 1999.
-Cabras Project, Artist-In-Residence, Mexico, Spring 1998.
-Polaroid Collections Grant, Spring 1998.
-Bronx Museum of the Arts, A.I.M. Program, 1995-1996
: “The Naked Truth”, curated by Ruben Natal San Miguel, Hous Projects, Los Angeles, July-Sept 2010; Hous Projects, New York, July-Sept 2010.
: “The Jewish Identity Project: New American Photography”, The Jewish Museum, NY, Sept-Dec 2005; Skirball Museum, LA, March-Sept 2006; The Contemporary Jewish Museum, SF, Oct 2006-Feb 2007.
: “Family Triptych”, three-person show by Jaime, Igal and Mario Permuth, Center for Contemporary Arts, Abilene, Texas. August-September 2004; Irving Arts Center, Dallas, Texas. Summer 2005; University of Texas Permian Basin. Oct-Nov 2005; The Museums of Port Isabel, Texas. June-Aug 2006.
: “Manhattan Mincha Map: Photographs by Jaime Permuth”, Museum of the City of New York, virtual exhibition launched online Fall 2003; solo gallery exhibition at Instituto Guatemalteco Americano, Guatemla, Sep. 2004; solo gallery exhibition at Yeshiva University Museum, NY, Feb-June 2005.
: “The Rose of Xido”, solo exhibition at Leon Trotsky Museum, Fotoseptiembre 1998, Mexico City; National Institute of Fine Arts, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Feb-March 2000.
Solo or collaborative exhibitions:
: “VOTA ASI”, Palacio Nacional, Guatemala, July 2008.
: “Tarzan Lopez”, three-person show by Jaime, Igal and Mario Permuth, Sala Quiroa, Paseo de los Museos. Antigua, Guatemala June-Aug 2007.
: “Re-trato de familia”, three person show by Jaime, Igal and Mario Permuth, Cooperación Española, Antigua Guatemala, May-June 2004.
: “Personal Archives”, commissioned by Queens Theatre in the Park to inaugurate the 2003 Latino Cultural Festival, Summer 2003.
: “The Brewster Project”, organized by Regine Basha, Omar Lopez Chahoud, and Christopher Ho, a series of site-specific public artworks in the village of Brewster, July 2001.
: “Cascadas de Luz”, solo exhibition at Casa del Lago, Fotoseptiembre 2000, Mexico City.
: “Jaime Permuth and Marina Berio”, Mary Barone Gallery, NYC, April-May 1997.
: From 1989 to 1990 held solo shows at the following venues in Israel: Jerusalem Cinematheque, Jerusalem Artist’s House, Alliance Française de Jérusalem, and Israeli Parliament (Knesset).
: “Fling”, curated by Adriana Teresa, Guatephoto Festival, Guatemala, July 2010.
: “The Naked Truth”, House Projects, NYC, curated by Ruben Natal San Miguel, May 2010.
: “Recent Acquisitions to the Museum’s Latin American Collection”, Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Spring 2010.
: “Ver para creer”, CCE (Ex)Centrico, Bienal de Arte Paiz, Guatemala, April, 2010. Curated by Jose Roca.
: “Latent”, an En Foco exhibition, Umbrella Arts, New York, March, 2010.
: “Emerging Artist Auction”, Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York,
: “Portraits from the Collection”, FOTOWEEK DC, Art Museum of the Americas, Nov 2009.
: “Surface Tension”, School of Visual Arts Gallery, Oct-Nov 2009.
: “El ojo de tu vecino”, Instituto Cervantes New York, in collaboration with the Aperture Foundation and El Museo del Barrio. July–Sept, 2009.
: “Society for Photographic Education”, Norhlight Gallery, Arizona State University, Sept. 2008.
: “DIVAS”, Fullerton Art Museum, California, Sept. 2008.
: “Festival del Centro Historico”, Centro Cultural Metropolitano, Guatemala, August 2008.
: “Subjects of Power and Devotion”, Art Museum of the Americas, Washington DC, Feb-April, 2008.
: “Imagining/Imaginando Guatemala”, Art Museum of the Americas, Washington DC, Sept-Oct 2007.
: “III-P”, Galeria Mozart, Antigua Guatemala, March 2004.
: “Foto 30”, Galeria Sol del Rio, Guatemala, Sept. 2003.
: “Life of the City”, Museum of Modern Art, NY, Spring 2002
: “Snapshot”, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, Nov. 2000 - Feb. 2001.
: “Crossing the Line”, commissioned by Queens Museum of Art, Summer/Fall 2001.
: “Good Business is the Best Art: Twenty Years of the Artist in the Marketplace Program”, The Bronx Museum of the Arts,
April – September 2000.
: The Brooklyn Museum of Art, “Recent Acquisitions”, Winter 1999.
: “still(ed) life / naturaleza muerta”; a photographic billboard project that addresses the crisis of community gardens in New York. In collaboration with El Museo del Barrio’s “Selected from the Files” show, April-July 1999.
: “Parking”, mayday productions at Highbridge Park, NYC, June 1999.
: “Colloquia”, Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno, Guatemala, April 1998
: “A.I.M. Show”, Bronx Museum for the Arts, Nov. 96 to Feb. 97
: “Desired Effect”, Clocktower studios, NYC, June 1996.
In the Collection of:
- Tom Gitterman
- Aprile Gallant
- Clare Bell
- The Brooklyn Museum of Art
- Polaroid Corporation USA
- State University of New York New Paltz
- Museum of the City of New York
- Yeshiva University Museum
- Fullerton Art Museum
- Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale
- Art Museum of the Americas
- Centro de Investigaciones Regionales Mesoamericanas (CIRMA)
- “The Jewish Identity Project: New American Photography” for the Jewish Museum.
- “Personal Archives”, 2003 Latino Cultural Festival, Queens Theatre in the Park.
- “Still(ed) Life / Naturaleza Muerta” for El Museo del Barrio.
- “Untitled” (Mexican Migrant Series) for The Queens Museum of Art.
: The Miami Herald, Latin Lessons, by Tom Austin, July 18, 2010.
: Visual Arts Journal, Surface Tension, Fall 2009.
: Orlando Sentinel, Nueva York vista con otros ojos, by Adriana Collado, August 28, 2009.
: Siglo XXI, Sunday Magazine, Jaime Permuth: Retratista de la condición humana, by Jaime Barrios Carrillo, June 7, 2009.
: Revista de la Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, Notas al márgen de la XVI Bienal de Arte Paiz, by Silvia Herrera, Fall 2008.
: Prensa Libre, July 8, 2007, Revista D: Los Permuth, un sueño de diez años, by Juan Carlos Lemus.
: El Periodico, June 9, 2007, Cultura y mas: En el territorio de Tarzan Lopez, by Edwin Siekavizza.
: Prensa Libre, June 8, 2007, Cultura: El circo segun los Permuth, by Nancy Arroyave.
: Zeek: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture, Spring/Summer 2007, Manhattan Mincha Map (portfolio).
: Focus on Photography: A Curriculum Guide, by Cynthia Way, International Center for Photography, 2006.
: Atelier Art Magazine Prague, June 2006, “Chapani Kulturne-Nabozenskych Identit”, by Gabriela Juros.
: Generations, Journal of the American Society on Aging, Volume XXX Number 1, Spring 2006, “Personal Archives: Why Professional Artists work with Elders” by Jaime Permuth.
: Los Angeles Daily News, April 15, 2006, “Photography exhibit looks at Jews in America, by Steven Rosen.
: Los Angeles Times, March 19, 2006, “Funny, you don’t look…”,
by Barbara Isenberg.
: Prensa Libre, “Tres puntos: Re-trato de familia, el libro” by Guillermo Monsanto, Jan 31, 2006.
: The New York Times, Oct 5, 2005, “Photography Review: The Jewish Identity Project” by Grace Glueck.
: New York Daily News, Oct 3, 2005, “Jewish Identity show ia real eye-opener”, by Celia McGee.
: The Jewish Press, April 15, 2005, “Manhattan Mincha Map: Fleeting Prayer” by Richard McBee.
: The New York Times, Feb 27, 2005, “Praying in Manhattan” by Choire Sicha.
: The Jewish Week, Feb 11, 2005, “Prayer as Art, Art as Prayer” by Liel Leibovitz.
: Forward, Feb 4, 2005, “City Sanctuaries” by Jeffrey Griggs.
: New York Post, Feb 2, 2005, “Double Vision” interview by Max Gross.
: El Periódico, Sep. 10, 2004, “Plegarias Atendidas” by Edwin Siekavizza.
: Diario La Hora, July 31, 2004, “Tríptico Fotográfico” by Luz Méndez de la Vega.
: El Periódico, July 12, 2004, “A posteriori: Archivo para una ciudad imaginaria”, by Lucrecia C. de Prera.
: El Periódico, March 22, 2004, “Tres visiones diferentes en una misma familia”, by Lucrecia C. de Prera.
: The Jewish Week, Dec. 5, 2003, an interview by Julia Goldman: “Manhattan’s Other Sacred Spaces”.
: PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, 24.3 Sept, 2002, “Shifting Sites, The Brewster Project and the Plight of Place” by Nuit Banai.
: Teacher Magazine, Oct. 2001, “Photo Realism”, by Samantha Stainburn.
: Hopscotch, A Cultural Review, vol. 2:4, Summer 2001, Duke University Press, “Viva la Independencia”, 35 pgs. of featured photographs.
: The Journal News, July 29, 2001, “Brewster Art Show Invites Participation” by Susan Elan.
: Noticias de Arte, Vol.268/Invierno/1999, “Cara a Cara con: el fotografo Jaime Permuth”, interview by Mayra Garcia.
: El Nacional, Cultura: August 8, 1998, “La Rosa de Xido, carta de presntacion de un pueblo” by Elsa Gomez.
: Excelsior, Revista de Revistas, September 1998, “La Rosa de Xido”, by Laura Navarrete Calatayud.
: Dodge and Burn blog, April 26, 2010, Bienal de Arte Paiz by Jaime Permuth.
: Amy Stein Photography blog, Oct 19, 2009, Surface Tension Exhibition.
: Photographs Do Not Bend blog, Oct 19, 2009, Surface Tension Exhibition by Sherrie Cuttler.
: Visura Magazine, Oct 14, 2009, Jaime Permuth, The Completely Visible World.
: Hey, Hot Shot! blog, Sept 24, 2009, Hey, Hot Shot! Contender: Jaime Permuth by Alan Rapp.
: Dodge and Burn blog, Sept 10, 2009, “Photographer Interview: Jaime Permuth, by Qiana Mestrich.
: WNYC Blog, July 23, 2009, Street Shots: “The Eye of Your Neighbor” at Instituto Cervantes, by Benjamin Walker.
: Visual Arts Brief, July 10, 2009, Mapping Identity, by Brian Glaser.
: Exposures, an Aperture blog, June 2009, El ojo de tu vecino (The Eye of Your Neighbor).
: Jewcy, Dec 3, 2008, Featured Artist: Jaime Permuth, by Rebecca Guber.
: Double Exposure, August 1, 2006, Guatemalan in New York: An Interview with Jaime Permuth, by Robert Schaefer.
: Voice of America, March 24, 2006, Exhibit Explores Changing Jewish Identity, by Mike O’Sullivan.
: New York Newsday, Oct 14, 2005, Photography Review: The Jewish Identity Project, by Ariella Budick.
: Odessa American, Oct 9, 2005, Guatemalan Visions, by Jennifer Edwards.
: Zeek: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture, September 2004, Retrato de Familia, by Bara Sapir.
: Diario La Hora, August 7, 2004, Archivo para una ciudad Imaginaria,
by Jaime Permuth.
: El Periódico, May 23, 2004, ¨El lente de tres generaciones¨ by Claudia Palma.
: The Revealer, Feb. 22, 2004, New York University’s Center of Religion and Media, “Prayer Map” by Jeff Sharlet.
: Artforum, September 2001, “New York Critics’ Picks”, by Gregory Williams.
: Longwoodcyber.org, Bronx Council on the Arts, September 2001, “Cascadas de Luz” by Jaime Permuth.
: Citysearch.com, Sept 2001, “Crossing the Line” by Karen Rosenberg.
: La Vitrina, Sept. 2000, “The Invisible Story”, by David Brooks.
: Community Arts Network, APInews, August 1999, “Flower Power, New Yorkers get to keep their cherished community gardens” by Sana Butler.
: La Vitrina, The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, “The Rose of Xido”, by Jaime Permuth, September 1998.
: Artnet, April 1997, “New in New York” by Walter Robinson.
Radio and Television guest appearances:
: National Public Radio, Michael Krasny’s “Forum”, Oct 19, 2006.
: WPS1/MoMA, “Sight Unseen”, Oct 18, 2006.
: CBS, “Mosaic”, Oct 18, 2006
: Pacific News Service, “Yo!TV” Youth Outlook, Oct. 18, 2006
: Radio Infinita, “The Breakfast Show”, Sept 11, 2004.
: El Vagon, “Manhattan Mincha Map”, September 11, 2004.
Catalogues / Publications:
: LATENT: An En Foco Exhibition, En Foco, Inc. 2010
: The Artist’s Guide – How to Make a Living Doing What You Love, by Jackie Battenfield, Da Capo Press, 2009.
: Tarzán López, MK Ediciiones, Guatemala, 2007, 115 pgs.
: Forty-Cent Tip: Stories of New York City Immigrant Workers, Next Generation Press, 64 pgs., 2006.
: The Jewish Identity Project: New American Photography, Yale University Press, 230 pgs., 2005.
: Examining Identity in Contemporary Art and Photography, The Jewish Museum, 2005.
: Re-trato de familia, MK Ediciones, Guatemala, 2005, 120 pgs.
: Family Triptych, Center for Contemporary Arts, Abilene, Texas, 2004.
: Crossing the Line, The Queens Museum of Art, 2001.
: Snapshot, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, 2000
: Fotoseptiembre 2000, Festival de la Luz, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico, 2000.
: The S-Files, Artists Selected from the Files, El Museo del Barrio, NYC 1999.
: Colloquia, Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno, Guatemala, 1998.
: Fotoseptiembre, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico, 1998.
: Artist in the Marketplace, Bronx Museum of the Arts, NYC 1996.
: HDR video tutorial authored for the Masters of Professional Studies in Digital Photography program at the School of Visual Arts.
: Participant in MIT-Adobe joint research study to develop a new approach to automatic optimization of image capture through Photoshop software.
: Presenter, National Center for Creative Aging’s Met/Life “Creativity Matters” Symposium, Miami, 2008
: Artist-in-Residence, Centro Cultural Metroplitano, Guatemala, 2008.
: Juror/Photography, Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards, 2007.
: Visiting Artist, San Francisco Camerawork, First Exposures.
: Panelist, Four Photographers, Four Explorations of Jewish Identity,
Bronfman Center for Jewish Life, New York University, Nov. 2006.
: Panelist, Who’s Jewish and What’s Jewish Anyway, Skirball Museum, Los Angeles, March 2006
: Featured Speaker (with Richard Green), Educator Workshop Identity, Community, and Multiculturalism: Exploring Ways of Teaching Tolerance, The Jewish Museum, Nov 2005.
: Work and Advisory Group, Circulating Religiosities, The Hemispheric Institute, New York University, 2005/7.
: Visiting Artist, University of Texas Permian Basin, Oct 2005.
: Grant Reader, Artography, Ford Foundation, 2005.
: Panelist, Having Trouble to Pray, Yeshiva University Museum, 2005.
: Grant Reader, Longwood Arts Cyber-Residence, 2002.
: Artist Focus Group, Cultural Blueprint for New York, New York Foundation for the Arts, 2001.