MoMA Forum on Contemporary Photography

Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Conceived as an experimental platform for free-form, critical discussions, these forums are designed to inspire debate about the perspectives and scope of contemporary photography with leading artists, curators, and theorists in the field.

For the upcoming session we have invited featured speakers Ariella Azoulay, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Modern Culture and Media at Brown University; Hal Foster, Townsend Martin '17 Professor of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University (respondent); Tom Keenan, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Director, Human Rights Program, Bard College; artists Susan Meiselas and Trevor Paglen; and Tirdad Zolghadr, LUMA Fellow and Senior Academic Advisor, CCS Bard Graduate Program, to lead a discussion about Edward Steichen's The Family of Man, an exhibition organized at MoMA in 1955. This session takes as its point of departure the Arles conference organized in 2011 by LUMA Foundation and CCS Bard and the publication of the book The Human Snapshot. The discussion revolves around a critical re-evaluation of The Family of Man, using contemporary perspectives to spur ideas concerning photographic practice and human rights. We look forward to seeing you all at this exciting event. This session of the forum is presented in collaboration with the LUMA Foundation.

The MoMA Forum on Contemporary Photography is organized by Roxana Marcoci, Curator; Sarah Meister, Curator; and Eva Respini, Associate Curator, Department of Photography, MoMA.

The Forum on Contemporary Photography is made possible by MoMA's Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.

This event is invitation only, but we are very pleased to live-stream this forum, allowing remote friends and colleagues to participate in the conversation.