Tuesday, March 20, 2018 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Images of the black subject--artistic, documentary, and anthropological--are forever fixed in the popular imagination through photography. Coupling the aspirations of their subjects with their own, some American photographers of the 19th and 20th centuries evoked an emotional message that went beyond self-representation and toward the re-characterization of African American experience. William Bullard and other photographers--both black and white--responded to social issues of their time, creating images that commented on politics, culture, family, and history. Deborah Willis, University Professor and Chair of Photography and Imaging at New York University, will mediate between the objectification and (re)presentation of the black body in the work of Bullard and other photographers who transformed the course of art history.