CANCELLED 2020 Zantop Lecturer Laura Wexler on Photography's Afterlives



Laura Wexler, Yale University
"Schooling the Punctum:  What the Children Know"


This years Zantop Lecturer Laura Wexler, Yale University will lecture at a Photograhy's Afterlives Conference in conjunction with the School Photos and Their Afterlives Exhibit, January 16-April 12, 2020, Hood Museum of Art.

PHOTOGRAPHY'S AFTERLIVES brings together artists, photo historians, curators, and theorists of visual culture to reflect on the afterlives of everyday vernacular images.  Speakers will discuss how photography as a practice of everyday life acquires new meanings as images are collected, displayed, and reframed in changing historical and political circumstances. Looking at a variety of photographic genres (portraits and selfies, ID and passport photos, family photos, school pictures, street photos, prison photographs, tourist images and more) from different parts of the world, and at the work of artists who reframe and comment on them, conference speakers will explore the ways in which photography not only documents but actually shapes personal, social and political life. April 2 & April 3, 2020. 2:30-10:00 PM

This comparative discussion across photography's multiple geographies and histories promises to add to current theoretical inquiries into everyday photographic practices.  Engaging specifically what photos do when they are taken, and what they continue to do as historical, memorial and aesthetic objects, this conference will also reflect on what they can do as media of activism and social transformation.

Laura Wexler studies the social life of photographs across the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality and place.  She is Professor of American Studies, Film & Media Studies, and Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Yale University, where she founded and directs The Photographic Memory Workshop.  She is a Principal Investigator of the Photo-grammar Project, which has received NEH and ACLS support to make a web-based interactive research system for visualizing the more than 170,00 photographs created by the Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information between 1935-1945.  She is also the author of Tender Violence:  Domestic Visions in an Age of U.S. Imperialism (Kelley Memorial Prize, AHA), coauthor of Pregnant Pictures, coeditor of Interpretation and the Holocaust, and author, as well, of many essays and book chapters.  Some of her recent publications are: Wood River, Blue Pool, in collaboration with photographer Jo Ann Walters and writer Emma Kemp; Candy/A Good and Spacious Land, in collaboration with photographers Jim Goldberg and Donovan Wylie and writer Chris Klatell; "What Vishiac Saw: Another Look," in Roman Vishniac Rediscovered, edited by Maya Benton; "A Notion of Photography," in A Notion of Family by LaToya Ruby Frazier; and "Introduction" to Hartford Seen, by photographer Pablo Delano.
Free and open to the public.Sponsored by the History Department, Comparative Literature and the Hood Museum of Art. Free and open to the public!

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