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Imaging Social Movements in America: Emancipation to Black Life Matters

August 2, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

University of New Mexico Art Museum, in partnership with CENTER, presents a lecture with photo historian, curator and author Deborah Willis.

Images, whether artistic, documentary, or anthropological, are forever fixed in the popular imagination through photography. From the medium’s beginning, race and gender have shaped and controlled the reception of photographic portraits, both politically and aesthetically. Photographers from the 19th to today respond to their own lives and their communities in similar ways. They comment on politics, culture, family, community, and history from internal and external points of view. This talk focuses on the abilities the photograph, the Internet and digital media provide us about the circulation of movement/activist imagery. This lecture will include works by image makers and change makers who are actively involved in changing the course of contemporary visual culture.

Deborah Willis, PhD, is University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at New York University/Tisch and has an affiliated appointment in Africana Studies. Professor Willis was a 2014 Richard D. Cohen Fellow of African and African American Art History at the Hutchins Center, Harvard University, a 2005 Guggenheim Fellow and Fletcher Fellow, and a 2000 MacArthur Fellow. Professor Willis has received the NAACP Image Award in 2014 for her co-authored book “Envisioning Emancipation.” Other notable projects include “Framing Beauty: Intimate Moments,“ “Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers – 1840 to the Present;” “Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present;” “Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs,” a NAACP Image Award Literature Winner, and “Black Venus 2010: They Called Her ‘Hottentot.’”

***Garcia Honda Auditorium / George Pearl Hall is located across from the Frontier Restaurant on Central and Cornell Ave. From I-25 North or South, exit Central Avenue and travel east for approximately 1 mile. Take a left onto Stanford.

Paid parking is available at the parking garage on the corner of Stanford and Redondo. When you turn onto Stanford from Central get in your right lane. Turn right onto Redondo and take your first left into the Visitor’s Parking Area – this will lead you into the Garage.

Pay for your parking spot near the stairs at the northwest corner of the parking structure. Then head down to the first floor and walk south – back towards Central. George Pearl Hall is the building immediately south of the parking garage. The auditorium is on the first floor. There will be signs for the lecture outside of the parking structure as well as on the doors of George Pearl Hall.


George Pearl Hall | UNM School of Architecture & Planning
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131 United States
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