Looking at John Szarkowski Looking at Photographs: Gallery Conversation with Homay King, Andrew Moisey, Joshua Ramey, and John MuseLooking at John Szarkowski Looking at Photographs: Gallery Conversation with Homay King, Andrew Moisey, Joshua Ramey, and John Musehttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/192661WCC Art Gallery2011-12-08T12:00:002011-12-08T13:30:00
December 8,2011 12:00PM–1:30PM
WCC Art Gallery
Inspired by the current exhibition Through the Plain Camera: Small and Shapely Pleasures in Contemporary Photography, this conversation will address photography and some of the work of John Szarkowski, whose curatorial efforts at the Museum of Modern Art in the 1960's and 70's launched the careers or many photographers, legitimated photography as a medium of fine art, and developed a powerful and lasting critical vocabulary. The curators of Through the Plain Camera, Rebecca Robertson and Sarah Kaufman, return to Szarkowski and argue for his continuing relevance to both photographers and viewers. And so this conversation, which brings together two art historians (one of whom is an accomplished photographer) with a philosopher and a rhetorician (who is also a media artist), seeks to survey photography as a practice, hoping to enliven further the discussion begun by the exhibition.
Homay King is Associate Professor in the Department of History of Art at Bryn Mawr College, where she also directs the Program in Film Studies and the Center for Visual Culture. Her book Lost in Translation: Orientalism, Cinema, and the Enigmatic Signifier was published by Duke University Press in 2010. Her essays on film, photography, and contemporary art have appeared in Afterall, Camera Obscura, Discourse, Film Quarterly, The Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Qui Parle, and a few edited volumes. She is a member of the Camera Obscura editorial collective, and is currently working on a book about virtuality.
Andrew Moisey is a PhD student in Film and Media at UC Berkeley, and currently a Mellon Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, completing his dissertation on Andreas Gursky and the historical emergence of a photographic world picture. In addition to his academic work in on the history of photographic modernism, Andrew also emerged as an artist in San Francisco Bay Area, and in 2004 received the Dorothea Lange Fellowship for documentary photography for his body of work Ritual of Induction. His article "On the Desire to Mark Our Buried Nuclear Waste" is forthcoming in the spring 2012 issue of Qui Parle.
John Muse is currently a visiting Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Exhibitions Faculty Liaison at Haverford College. In 2006 he received a Ph.D. in Rhetoric from U.C. Berkeley with a dissertation entitled, The Rhetorical Afterlife of Photographic Evidence: Roland Barthes, Avital Ronell, Roni Horn. His single-channel videotapes and multi-media installations, made in collaboration with artistic collaborator Jeanne C. Finley have been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. In 2010 the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum exhibited their multi-channel video installation Sleeping Under Stars, Living Under Satellites. In 2009 Finley and Muse were featured artists at the Flaherty Seminar.
Joshua Ramey earned his PhD from Villanova University in 2006 with a thesis on the role of art in the systematic thought of Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995). He taught aesthetics and history of philosophy at Rowan University from 2007-2010, and joined the Haverford faculty in 2010 as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy. His research areas are in continental philosophy, critical theory, and aesthetics. His book The Hermetic Deleuze: Philosophy and Spiritual Ordeal, is forthcoming from Duke University Press in 2012. This year at Haverford he teaches two freshman writing seminars, The Nature of Money and Are We Modern?, coordinates the Transdivisional Faculty-Student Workshops, and serves as faculty advisor for The Haverford Journal. Besides his teaching and writing, Joshua is active in the Philadelphia music and performing arts scene as a drummer, songwriter, and singer.
Download Szarkowski's introduction to the 1976 exhibition catalog, William Eggleston's Guide, an essay to which the curators of Through the Plain Camera refer several times:http://www.mediafire.com/?9i499wxzqjb2v7e
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