Friday, February 13, 2009

Aperture and the photographic object

Panel Discussion

What does it mean when we no longer keep our photographs in shoeboxes and albums, but on the hard drives of our computers? What does it mean when we no longer experience photographs as physical objects, but rather images that reside on screens? This panel discussion addresses how our perception of photographic images has changed in the digital age – an age that is making obsolete the way images have been made and perceived for over a century. As our relationship to images is transformed, what are the things that are lost and gained from this transformation? These, and other questions, will be the central focus of this panel discussion.
The discussion will be moderated by Mia Fineman, curator of photography at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

About the Panelists:

Leslie Hewitt’s photosculptural work incorporates photography, books, films, and ephemera that she recontextualizes, revealing the limits of the photographic object and in the words of the artist, "the transformative power of circumstance or situation." Represented by D'Amelio Terras Gallery, New York, Hewitt has recently exhibited at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York; LAXART, Los Angeles and at the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Her work is currently on view in the group show "The House Was Quiet and the World Was Calm", curated by Christopher Y. Lew at Tina Kim Gallery, New York until February 21.

Miranda Litchtenstein will discuss how her work straddles reality and fantasy through various photographic mediums. Litchtenstein works with reappropriation. Recently, she rephotographed pictures of both real and imagined airplanes for an exhibition at her gallery Elizabeth Dee, New York. She is also represented by Mary Goldman Gallery, Los Angeles, and has had solo exhibitions at The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; The Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris, New York; and Gallery Min Min, Tokyo.

Los Angeles based photographer and teacher at UCLA, Mark Wyse, questions the nature of photography and how it is perceived. For a recent show he curated at his gallery in 2008 at Wallspace, New York, the artist framed reproductions of photographs from artists ranging from Paul Strand, Ansel Adams to Jeff Wall and Nan Goldin, that he culled from photography books. This enabled him to bypass any obstacles to get the works he desired on the wall.

This event is part of the series Confounding Expectations: Photography in Context presented in collaboration with Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School and Parsons The New School for Design.


Wednesday, February 25
7:00 p.m.


The New School
Tishman Auditorium
66 West 12th Street, New York, NY
(212) 229-5353

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