Tue, Mar 23, 2021,5:30 Online
Thinking Through Photographs Topic 7: How Do Photographs Perform?
Topic 7: How Do Photographs Perform?
Tuesday, March 23rd, 5:30pm EST
Facilitator: Artist Kim Beck, Associate Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University
For our 7th meeting we look to the mobility of photographs, and how they perform differently given the stage, space or situation they inhabit. How do we draw out different performances from the same photographs? This meeting will use bell hooks' essay, "In Our Glory: Photography and Black Life," in Deborah Willis, ed., Picturing Us: African American Identity in Photography (1994) and a chapter from Paul Chaat Smith's book "Everything You Know About Indians is Wrong" (2009) to center the conversation.
Thinking through Photographs was originally developed as an in-person exhibition by Liz Park, University at Buffalo Art Galleries curator, and now takes the form of a downloadable resource binder of texts which consider photography’s complexities through eight different topics. Using the resource binder as a jumping off point, this free virtual reading group will meet regularly for eight sessions, covering one topic each meeting. A rotating group of guest artists, curators and writers will facilitate each meeting, bringing their own perspectives, specialties and selection of images for consideration along with the texts.