May 11th, 6 pm: David Maisel speaks in Santa Fe; day of portfolio reviews, too

From the SFAI‘s recent e-blast:SFAI Presents:

Photographer and Activist
David Maisel

Monday 5/11


Tipton Hall
$5 general/$2.5 students, seniors, SFAI members

Personal Portfolio Reviews
Tuesday 5/12
10am – 4pm

“We are honored to have photographer David Maisel speak as part of the Santa Fe Art Institute’s 2009 visiting artist and lecture season Memory: Shadow & Light – Art as individual/collective memory. Maisel will speak about his recent body of work re-photographing x-rays of art objects – a beautiful tribute to the idea of art as memory and also the memory of art.

For more than twenty years, photographer David Maisel has chronicled the tensions between nature and culture in his large-scaled photographs of environmentally impacted landscapes. In the multi-chaptered series Black Maps, Maisel’s aerial images become sublime meditations on what the curator Anne Tucker has termed “the engaging duality between beauty and repulsion.” In Maisel‘s recent project, Library of Dust, he continues to investigate a zone bordered by aesthetics and ethics. The series depicts individual copper canisters, each containing the cremated remains of patients from a state-run psychiatric hospital, whose bodies have been unclaimed by their families. Maisel has recently been an Artist in Residence at both the Getty Research Institute and at the Headlands Center for the Arts.

For more information, please contact us at 505 424-5050.”

Note: David’s visit to SFAI is part of this series:

From 2/1/09 through 12/31/09 we will be exploring:

Memory: Shadow & Light –
Art as individual/ collective memory

Without memory we have no past and therefore no way of contextualizing the present or the future — our memories inform all aspects of life and without it, the world makes no sense. Our perception of the past, conversely, is always influenced by the present, which means that memory is fluid and changeable. Because memory is not just an individual, private experience but is also part of the collective domain, cultural memory has become a topic in every part of study and practice. Some artists see cultural memory as becoming more democratic, due to the rise of new media. Others see cultural memory as remaining concentrated in the hands of corporations and states.

Visiting Lecturers and Workshop Leaders are:

James Drake, artist; Susan York, sculptor; Tom Joyce, sculptor; Susan Meiselas, photographer; Blake Gopnik, art critic; Kerry James Marshall, painter; Laurie Anderson, musician/performance artist; Godfrey Reggio, filmmaker; Rackstraw Downes, painter; Gay Block, photographer; Estevan Rael-Galvez, historian; David Maisel, photographer.


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