Into the Sunset: Photography's Image of the American West
Thursday, April 9, 2009, 12:30 p.m.
Education Classroom B, mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
Art in the Long View at Lunchtime
In conversation with artists and MoMA Lecturers, explore long-term, process-based art and its impact on the experience of art. While many artists establish concrete goals, the processes we are interested in examining may span the lifetime of the artist, require ongoing participation or discussion, and be linked more to research and exploration than to a pre-established plan. Bring your lunch and discover how these challenges to the constraints of time and the expectations of final product and finality force viewers and participants to reconsider the role of art in society. This series serves as an incubator of ideas in advance of our upcoming Contemporary Art Forum on May 2 and 3.
Into the Sunset: Photography's Image of the American West examines how photography has pictured the idea of the American West, from 1850 to the present. For over 150 years, the image of the West has been formed and changed through a variety of photographic traditions and genres. This lecture considers the medium's role in shaping our collective imagination of the West. It also addresses how photography has popularized ideas of the sublime landscape, Manifest Destiny, and the land of opportunity, as well as described a more complex vision of the West, addressing cultural dislocation, environmental devastation, and failed social aspirations.
Dan Leers, (BA Lawrence University, MA Columbia University) is the Newhall Curatorial Fellow, Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art.
In conjunction with the exhibition Into the Sunset: Photography's Image of the American West
Tickets are free but required and can be acquired on a first-come first-served basis online or at the information desk, the Film desk after 4:00 p.m., or at the Education and Research Building reception desk on the day of the program.
To pick up tickets acquired online, proceed to the Education and Research Building reception desk at 4 West 54 Street beginning at noon on the day of the program.