Confounding Expectations: The Obsolescence of the Photographic Object

Aperture at The New School Wed 25 Feb 2009 7.00PM-9.00PM The New School, Tishman Auditorium
66 West 12th Street
Free admission
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The Aperture Foundation, the Photography Department at Parsons The New School for Design, and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics present a new season of panel discussions focusing on photography. The first event, "The Obsolescence of the Photographic Object" examines how the evolution of photography has shaped—and will continue to shape—our relationship with photographic images.

What does it mean when we no longer keep our photographs in shoe boxes and albums but in the hard drives of our computers? What does it mean when we no longer experience photographs as physical objects but rather images that reside in screens? There is an undeniable shift in the ways we encounter photographic images in the contemporary moment. When photographs as we have known it for over a century become obsolete, does it transform our relationship to them, and if so, what are the things that are lost and gained from this transformation? These and other questions of obsolescence of the photographic object will be the central focus of this panel discussion.
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The lecture is presented with generous support from the Kettering Family Foundation and the Henry Nias Foundation. The program is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Moderator
Mia Fineman, Curator of Photography, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Panelists
Leslie Hewitt, artist
Miranda Lichtenstein, artist
Mark Wyse, artist