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“Approaching Abstraction” – Lecture by Alison Nordström
February 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm$15 – $20
“Approaching Abstraction” considers the idea of the abstract in photography, with an emphasis on the work of Alvin Langdon Coburn, Aaron Siskind, and Robert Rauschenberg as it evolved over time. The lecture will place this work in the contexts of the history of photography but will also consider the relationships between these works and the various contemporary art movements of which they are a part. We will also consider the relationship between abstraction and materiality in the contemporary work of Allison Rossiter, F&D Cartier and others.
Alison Nordström is an independent scholar, writer and curator specializing in photographs of all kinds, formerly Founding Director and Senior Curator of the Southeast Museum of Photography, and Senior Curator of Photographs/Director of Exhibitions at George Eastman House. She was an editor of the academic journal Photography and Culture (London) from 2007 to 2010 and is the author of over 100 books and essays on photographic topics. She has curated over 150 photographic exhibitions in nine countries, including Lewis Hine, Truth/Beauty: Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art, 1845-1945, and Ideas in Things: Photography and Materiality. In 2015 and 2016 she was artistic Director of Fotofestiwal Lodz, in Poland. She was the curator of “Joan Fontcuberta: Crisis of History” for the Hamburg (Germany) Photographic Triennial in 2018, and is co-curator, with Marcel Feil, of “Negative Beauty” at FOAM Foto Museum, Amsterdam, scheduled for 2020. She is currently Head Tutor in Curatorial Practice for the EU funded Parallel Photographic Platform in Zagreb and Lisbon. She holds the PhD in Cultural and Visual Studies.
Image: Alvin Langdon Coburn, Vortograph Portrait of Ezra Pound, 1917