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School of the Arts Co-hosts The Photography Institute's National Graduate Seminar, June 3-12

Columbia's School of the Arts is collaborating with The Photography Institute, a sponsored program of the New York Foundation for the Arts, to host the 2002 National Graduate Seminar, June 3-12, in Dodge Hall. The Photography Institute is funded by the Nathan Cummings Foundation and the George Gund Foundation.

Now in its 12th year, The National Graduate Seminar (NGS), founded by Cheryl Younger, is a prestigious fellowship program that provides a national forum for the presentation and consideration of contemporary photographic issues. Each summer, the NGS brings 20 of the finest emerging artists and scholars enrolled in MFA and Ph.D. photography programs throughout the United States together with more than 45 noted artists and scholars, for a two-week intensive seminar to debate cutting-edge issues. Fellows are selected through a nationally competitive process.

The 2002 Seminar Program, entitled "Projected Images: Visual to Political," will make use of projected images and the unique power they have to communicate information, for encoding meaning and layering of issues that will be explored. Scholars such as Margot Lovejoy, Jennifer Pearson Yamashiro and Thomas Zummer will offer historical context and theoretical frameworks for the discussions and consider the question of why projections are so central to our culture at this particular time.

Highlights of the 2002 program included presentations by the designers of the "Towers of Light," John Bennett, Gustavo Bonevardi, Julian LaVerdiere and Paul Myoda on Monday, June 3, as well as by artists Christian Boltanski, Do-Ho Suh (Tuesday, June 4) and Lisa Yuskavage (Wednesday, June 5, 10:30 a.m.).

McArthur Fellow Deborah Willis will lead five other artists in consideration of cultural projections of race and gender and the role image-makers play in challenging and maintaining attitudes on Friday, June 7, at 4:15 p.m. Activist artist Charlene Teters will discuss her campaign against inappropriate use of Native American caricatures as team mascots on Friday, June 7, at 9:00 a.m. The implications of projections of "sexuality" onto youth will be the subject of several presentations including a panel with UNICEF's Photography Editor Ellen Tolmie on Wednesday, June 5, at 7:30 p.m.

Media projections and issues of authority and power will be debated. On Monday, June 10, Primetime Live Producer Ira Rosen (10:00 a.m.), New York Times Page One Picture Editor Philip Gefter (10:00 a.m.), Jon Alpert, founder of Downtown TV (9:00 a.m.), and Amy Goodman, host of Pacifica's Democracy Now (7:30 p.m.), will review the media's presentation of the "War on Terrorism," discuss why there were no dissenting voices on TV or in the print media. On Monday, June 10, at 11:00 a.m., Project for Excellence in Journalism Director Tom Rosenstiel will present the recent study, Return to Normalcy, How the Media Have Covered the War on Terrorism. Fundamental questions such as "Is the American Press still a "free press?" will be addressed.

The Seminar objective is to provoke in-depth discussion about photography as an art form and to include more voices in that discussion. It encourages a democratic approach to the consideration of photography and ensures the inclusion of women and minorities, whose voices are often absent from the dialogue. A proceedings journal and post-Seminar projects ensure that students, artists and critics throughout the nation can take part in the consideration of these issues.

All programs explore the roles and responsibilities of emerging artists, moral and ethical issues and the artist relationship to their community. Program sessions are open to the public.

Remaining Sessions of the 2002 National Graduate Seminar

All sessions are held in 511 Dodge Hall unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, June 5
9:00 a.m.Rebecca DeRoo: Cultural Projections of Race and Gender
10:30 a.m.Artists Presentation. Artist Lisa Yuskavage and critic Cary Lovelace
2:00 p.m.Lecture by Ellen Tolmie
3:30 p.m.Artist Presentation. Donna De Cesare: Cultural Projections: Violence and Sexuality in Depictions of Children
4:30 p.m.Lecture. Torrance York, Irene Villasenor, Isaiah Miller: A Youth Perspective: Youth Produced Videos at the Educational Video Center
7:30 p.m.Panel Discussion. Moderator Tanya Turkovich. Panelists: Donna De Cesare, Ellen Tolmie, Torrance York, Irene Villasenor and Isaiah Miller
 
Thursday, June 6
10:30 a.m.Lecture. Sarah Hart: Augmented Reality
2:00 p.m.Artist Presentation. Heidi Kumao: Research as Art, Art as Research
4:00 p.m.Artist Presentation. Stephen Marc: Soul Searching and Rendezvous with the Underground Railroad
8:00 p.m.Lecture, Room 413 Dodge Hall. James Smalls: Black Men and Interracial Homoeroticism in the Photography of Carl Van Vechten
 
Friday, June 7
9:00 a.m.Artist Presentation. Charlene Teters: Prisons of Image
10:30 a.m.Lecture. Deborah Willis and Carla Williams: Imagining the Black Female Body
2:00 p.m.Artist Presentation. Lynn Marshal-Linnemeier: The Language of Silence
3:15 p.m.Artist Presentation. Roshini Kempadoo: Differences Electronic
4:15 p.m.Roundtable Discussion. Moderator: Deborah Willis.
Panelists: Roshini Kempadoo, Lynn Marshal-Linnemeier, Carla Williams and Stephen Marc.
 
Saturday, June 8
10:00 a.m.Films. Melissa Hibbard and Hamid Rahmanian: Conceptions of Identity
Documentaries: "Sir Alfred of Charles de Gaulle Airport" and "Shahrbanoo
1:30 p.m.Lecture. Mark Crispin Miller: Context
3:00 p.m.Lecture. Danny Schechter: Network Refugee
4:30 p.m.Lecture. Brian Palmer
 
Monday, June 10
9:00 a.m.Lecture. Jon Alpert: Community Television
10:00 a.m.Lecture. Philip Gefter, Ira Rosen
11:00 a.m.Lecture. Tom Rosenstiel
2:00 p.m.Lecture. Nadema Agard: Who is the Virgin of Guadalupe? Women Artists Crossing Borders
4:00 p.m.Artist Presentation. Margaret Stratton: Miracle
7:00 p.m.Lecture. Amy Goodman: Democracy Now!
 
Tuesday, June 11
9:00 a.m.Welcome by Janet Wolff, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Columbia University School of the Arts
9:30 a.m.Workshop. Mary Virginia Swanson: Opportunities for Photographers in Today's Marketplace
2:00 p.m.Workshop. Susan Kae Grant: Strategizing a Career as an Artist
3:15 p.m.Artist Presentation. Susan Kae Grant: Night Journey
5:30 p.m.Studio Visit (548 Broadway, in Soho). Sandi Fellman
 
Wednesday, June 12
9:15 a.m.Artist Presentation. Lorie Novak
10:30 a.m.Lecture. Christopher Phillips: Bookmobile
2:00 p.m.Lecture. Charles Traub: "Here is New York"

Published: Jun 05, 2002
Last modified: Sep 18, 2002


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