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Mary Beth Meehan & Fred Turner | Seeing Silicon Valley

May 13, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Free – $12.00
Seeing Silicon Valley

We are excited to host Mary Beth Meehan and Fred Turner to talk about their collaboration Seeing Silicon Valley during the Griffin Photobook week of events.

Join us on Thursday May 13th at 7pm Eastern / 4pm Pacific in the Griffin Zoom Room for a conversation about concept to print for their collaboration, Seeing Silicon Valleyprinted by University of Chicago Press.

This event is FREE to Griffin Members and $10 for Non Members

We have created a Photobook Week Pass  available for Non Members at a price of $85 50% savings from attending all 18 events during the week.

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About Seeing Silicon Valley –

In Fall of 2017, at the invitation of the Stanford Arts Initiative, Mary Beth embarked on a photographic exploration of Silicon Valley, seeking to meet the people and understand what life was like beyond the headlines. Together with Silicon Valley culture expert Fred Turner, they produced “Seeing Silicon Valley – Life Inside a Fraying America.”

“Seeing Silicon Valley” takes a hard look life on this mythic landscape; what is revealed is not what one might expect.

We are so excited to kick off our book week with Mary Beth and Fred, as they present the book and discuss their collaboration, their motivations and goals, the making of the work, and seeing it to fruition in book form.

mary beth meehanMARY BETH MEEHAN is a photographer, writer, and educator, who has spent more than twenty-five years embedding herself in communities across the United States. Beginning in her native New England, and continuing in the Midwest, the American South, and in Silicon Valley, her work combines image, text, and large-scale public installation, to question notions of representation, visibility and equity in communities. Co-opting the scale of celebrity and advertising, Meehan’s portrait banners activate public spaces and spark conversations among the people who inhabit them.

Meehan’s most recent project, “Seeing Newnan,” was featured on the Sunday front page of The New York Times on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, in January of 2020, and has shifted the dialogue about representation, identity, and race in that small Georgia city – and nationwide.

Meehan has held residencies at Stanford University, the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and at Brown University upcoming in 2021. She has lectured and led workshops at the School of Visual Arts, New York, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her first book, Seeing Silicon Valley: Life inside a Fraying America, with Fred Turner, is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press.

A native of Brockton, Massachusetts, Mary Beth holds degrees from Amherst College and the University of Missouri, Columbia. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Fred Turner is Professor of Communication, Harry and Norman Chandler Chair at Stanford University. He has been studying

fred turnerSilicon Valley culture for twenty years. He is the author of the reference book Aux sources de Utopie numérique: de la contre-culture à la cyberculture, Stewart Brand, a man of influence , published by C&F éditions.


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May 13, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – $12.00
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