Friday, October 9, 2020
10:00am – 5:00pm Eastern Time
The Developing Room Working Group
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Online Event via Zoom
Free and open to the public
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Please join us for the Developing Room’s third annual Graduate Student Colloquium on the History and Theory of Photography. A full schedule of events is included below.
This event will feature presentations by Ph.D. candidates who are working on dissertation topics in which photography—its histories and theories—play a central role. Presenters will share a chapter or a section from their dissertation, along with an account of how that chapter/section fits within their larger project. The presentation format involves a formal 25-minute presentation followed by 25 minutes of discussion. The Developing Room invites a large audience of faculty and students in order to ensure a rich conversation and to build a constituency from which papers can be drawn in subsequent years. In the last two years, our event has brought together an international group of researchers working across a wide range of topics related to photography.
This year’s respondent will be Ellen Handy, a historian, curator and critic of photography and modern art. She teaches courses in the history of photography, art of the United States, art criticism, and research methods in art history at The City College of New York. Previously, she was Executive Curator of Visual Collections at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center of the University of Texas, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the International Center of Photography, Senior Research Assistant in the Department of Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a regular columnist for Arts Magazine. She received her PhD from the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University, and her BA from Barnard College of Columbia University. Her research interests include landscape and urban imagery in photography and other mediums, intersections of art and science in 19th century photography, women and photography, connoisseurship in photography, printed ephemera, and early modernism in visual and literary culture in the United States.
More information about the presenters, including their bios, paper titles, and abstracts, can be found on the event website at www.developingroom.com/events.
Schedule of Events:
10:15 Kaitlin Booher, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Color Sells: The Creation and Reception of Color Fashion Photographs in Harper’s Bazaar and
11:10 Lauren Graves, Boston University
The Neighbor: Helen Levitt’s imagined landscapes of East Harlem
12:05 Lunch Break (1 hr 25 min)
1:30 Colin Young, Yale University
Capturing Absence: Indigenous Disappearance and Desert Emptiness in the First
Photographic Albums of the Prairies and Pampas
2:25 Molly Kalkstein, University of Arizona
The Discerning Eye: Materiality and the 1970s American Market for Photographs
3:25 Break (10 min)
3:35 Kathryn Poindexter, University of Southern California
Aaron Siskind’s Photographs as Rosenberg’s Imaginary Museum
4:30-5:00 General Discussion led by Dr. Ellen Handy, The City College of New York
Art History Department, Rutgers University
Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers University