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.
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.
Cofounded by curators Roxana Marcoci and Eva Respini on February 16, 2010, and conceived as an experimental platform for free-form critical discussions, MoMA’s forums on contemporary photography are designed to encourage debate about the perspectives and scope of still and moving images and other forms of picture-making among leading artists, curators, and theorists in the field. The creative process of today is not solitary but dynamic, evolving from countless partnerships. These forums offer an intellectual milieu that values the scholarly reassessment of pivotal ideas in art, innovative practices, and complex and competing visions of modern and contemporary art.
Roxana Marcoci, The David Dechman Senior Curator, The Robert B. Menschel Department of Photography, MoMA, begins each session with an introduction to the topic, providing context for the conversation. Four to seven featured speakers then present for five to 10 minutes each. The presentations are followed by a probing, critical Q&A session and a moderated discussion with all the guests.
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Organized by Roxana Marcoci, Curator, and Eva Respini, Associate Curator, Department of Photography, MoMA
Ariella Azoulay, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Modern Culture and Media, Brown University
Hal Foster, Townsend Martin '17 Professor of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University (respondent)
Tom Keenan, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, and Director, Human Rights Program, Bard College
Susan Meiselas, artist
Trevor Paglen, artist
Tirdad Zolghadr, LUMA Fellow and Senior Academic Advisor, CCS Bard Graduate Program