Lecture by Charlotte Cotton on August 3 at PCNW/Seattle

Charlotte Cotton, recently appointed Curator of Photography at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), served as Juror for the exhibition “UP & NOW: 12th Annual Photographic Competition Exhibition at the Gallery of the Photography Center Northwest. The show opened on Friday, July 13th and continues on view through August 30th.

Ms. Cotton will be giving a public lecture entitled “THE PHOTOGRAPH AS CONTEMPORARY ART on FRIDAY, AUGUST 3rd at 7 p.m.

From the website:
“This lecture concerns photographic practice over the past decade and the notion of photography as an accepted and fashionable form of contemporary art. The lecture qualifies the versions of contemporary art photography that have made a lasting impact on the discourses of art as well as highlighting the issues they raise for our perceptions of photographic practice today.”

Her book of the same title is one my favorites – here is the publisher’s description:

“With some of the most important artists and key works, this is an ideal introduction to the twenty-first century’s dominant art form.

From conceptual art’s use of the banal and ‘artless’ snapshot to the carefully constructed tableaux of Jeff Wall, The Photograph as Contemporary Art considers the full range of ways that today’s artists engage with photography to make art.

Some artists, such as Sophie Calle and Erwin Wurm, use photography as a record of a real performance or everyday action, while others such as Yinka Shonibare and Gregory Crewdson stage invented scenes and narratives to tell fictional stories. Andreas Gursky, Thomas Demand and Rineke Dijkstra present a cool, seemingly objective view of the external world, while Nan Goldin and Wolfgang Tillmans offer up intimate details of their private lives. In the hands of Luc Delahaye and Allan Sekula, photography is a means of creating documentary, while for those such as Cindy Sherman and Gillian Wearing, the photograph becomes a repository of personal, social and cultural values in an image-saturated world.”

Click here to purchase at Photoeye.com

Lecture with Charlotte Cotton
Curator of Photography, LACMA
The Photograph as Contemporary Art

Tickets: $8, $5 PCNW & SAM members and students
Location: Seattle Art Museum , Downtown, 1300 1st Avenue , Seattle , WA 98101
Purchase lecture tickets at PCNW, by calling (206) 720-7222, or online at Brown Paper Tickets.
For more information, call (206) 720-7222 or click here.


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