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Provost's Lecture Series: Deborah Willis
Start Date: 2/21/2013Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Date: 2/21/2013

Event Description:

The Black Body and the Lens

Deborah Willis, PhD, is the Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

Dr. Willis will address the black body in photography, print, video, and presented in exhibition spaces. Central to her discussion will be a focus on how the display of the black body affects how we see and interpret the world. Using a selection of photographs by Hank Willis Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, Bruce Davidson, Gordon Parks, Lorna Simpson, Mickalene Thomas, among others, she will consider the construction of beauty and style, gendered images, race in pop culture. In doing so she hopes to engage in a discussion with the student body about ways in which our contemporary understanding of art, history, and culture is constructed and informed by public display in museums, text, and the global landscape.

(Photo Credit: Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel)
Location Information:
West Campus - Wang Center
Nicolls Road, Main Entrance
Stony Brook, NY 11794
Phone: (631) 632-6000
Room: Theater

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