March 20th: Dr. Deborah Willis book signing and lectures in New Orleans

From the New Orleans Photo Alliance website/ facebook invite:

“During The American Dream exhibit’s closing weekend, Dr. Deborah Willis will be in town for some exciting events!

Dr. Willis will talk about one of her newest books, Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs followed by a book signing at the McKenna Museum on Saturday, March 20, 3:30pm. Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs and Posing Beauty will be available for purchase.

McKenna Museum

2003 Carondelet Street

New Orleans, LA 70130

Deborah Willis will also present a juror’s talk on Saturday, March 20, 5:30 doors, 6pm lecture at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery in conjunction with the following exhibition.

New Orleans Photo Alliance

1111 St. Mary Street

New Orleans, LA 70130

The American Dream group exhibit; Juried by Deborah Willis
The New Orleans Photo Alliance is proud to present the national juried photographic exhibit, “The American Dream”, juried by 2005 Guggenheim and 2000 MacArthur Fellow, Deborah Willis. Dr. Deb Willis, a professor at New York University is also a professional art photographer and one of the nation’s leading historians of African American photography. She is the author of numerous books including the recent, critically acclaimed, The Black Female Body: A Photographic History with Carla Williams.

–What does the American Dream look like? How is it now defined? Has it been realized?–

“…These are the three questions that I explored as I looked at the photographic works submitted to The New Orleans Photo Alliance call for The American Dream. I realized early on that the visual response to the questions was not a monolithic vision but one that explored ideas about notions of home, family, work, religion, as well as the land. The images in this exhibition challenge ideas about dreaming in and about America…”
–Deborah Willis, New York University

Twenty six photographers were chosen for the exhibit, including Roman Alokhin, Kevin Kline, Leslie Parr, René Merino, and David Armentor from New Orleans, Jeremiah Ariaz from Baton Rouge, as well as Ben Lenzner, Gordon Stettinius, Lydia Panas, Elen Awalom, Shraddha Borawake, John C. Dyes, Lola Flash, Lili Holzer-Glier, Letitia Huckaby, Matthew Lester, Alison Malone, John Patrick Naughton, Laura Noel, Kate Pollard, Jim Schater, David Schalliol, Alix Smith, Samantha VanDeman, Colette Veasey-Cullors, and Bruce West.

Exhibition dates: February 4 – March 21, 2010″

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