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Deborah Willis
Professor and Chair, Department of Photography & Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University Read More ...
 
 
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This lecture will focus on artists and photographers who are looking at the past, recreating portraits through the camera’s lens while others are re-staging beauty as a performative act. The tension explored in this lecture is found in the works that ask questions of the unknown viewer that confront the work through a wide range of media from film, video, painting, sculpture, installation art and mixed media. They explore gender and desire; humor and apathy; child games and toys and play with the imaginary through dreaming and projecting. Some use their own photographs and archival photographs to incorporate stories about social politics about injustices. These works focus on the notion of individuality and what comes together is a collective pursuit of the idea of “framing beauty” in a complex society. How does one re-image and re-imagine a history of beauty through satire and sincerity as a result of absence is critical to the questioning of beauty. One of my most powerful experiences as a curator is discovering artists who embrace the broad concept of memory to explore the complexities of life, from making visible stories of activism to transforming everyday experiences to dreaming through aspects of beauty.

 
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6:00 pm Introduction
Ellyn Toscano, NYU Florence Executive Director
Wendy Koranteng, NYU Florence Student 

6.05 Refreming Beauty: Intimate Visions
Deborah Willis, New York University

7:00 Q&A 

7:30 Reception

 
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