There is an interesting series of lectures entitled “ON PHOTOGRAPHY” to be held on Saturday, April 14th at the Whitney Museum; details and registration information for all lectures are at this link. NOTE: All but the evening lecture are free with museum admission, which is $15.00 for adults, and $10.00 for senior citizens and students with valid ID. Advanced reservations are strongly recommended, as seating is limited. Tickets may be reserved by clicking on this link, or at the Museum Admission Desk. Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 570-7715.
Sat., April 14 1pm
On Gordon Matta-Clark’s Photo-Collages: Briony Fer
Art historian Briony Fer (The Infinite Line: Re-making Art After Modernism, 2004) tours the Gordon Matta-Clark exhibition to explore the artist’s photo-collage work. As Matta-Clark himself suggested, “There is collaging and montaging. I like very much the idea of breaking–the same way I cut up buildings. I like the idea that the sacred photo framing process is equally ‘violatable.’”
Sat., April 14 2pm
On Lorna Simpson: Helaine Posner
Exhibition curator Helaine Posner leads this special tour of the Lorna Simpson show, highlighting the ways that the artist “balances the poetic and the political, the ambiguous and the specific.”
Sat., April 14 3pm
On the Photography of Performance: Peggy Phelan
Art historian Peggy Phelan considers the relationship between performance work and its photographic documentation, weighing when and how photographs supercede, overwhelm, or extend the action in time.
Sat., April 14 6pm (NOTE: THIS LECTURE HAS A REQUIRED ENTRANCE FEE)
On the Documentary Turn: Geoffrey Batchen, Okwui Enwezor, Coco Fusco
Much has been made of the documentary turn in recent art practice, particularly photography. In exhibitions like Thomas Weski’s Click Doubleclick (2006) or Coco Fusco and Brian Wallis’s Only Skin Deep (2003), questions are posed about the photograph’s ability to capture or shape reality. What do we want of photographs–as documents or as fine art–in a time replete with images and their easy manipulation? Join art historian Geoffrey Batchen, critic and curator Okwui Enwezor, and artist and curator Coco Fusco for this conversation on the photograph today. The Whitney’s chief curator Donna De Salvo moderates.
Admission: $8; members, senior citizens and students with valid ID $6. Advanced sales are strongly recommended, as seating is limited.