The structure of the forums has been continually evolving: for the upcoming session artists Gregory Crewdson, Director, Graduate Studies in Photography, Yale University; Ashley Hunt, Co-Director, Program in Photography and Media Faculty, CalArts; Stephen Shore, Director, Photography Program, Bard College; and James Welling, Chair, Photography Department, University of California, Los Angeles, lead a discussion about the mission, vision, and philosophy of their respective photography programs.
This event is invitation only, but we are very pleased to live-stream this forum, which will, for the first time, allow 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, Senior Curator, Department of Photography, 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.
Read an article about the Forums from Art in America.
Organized by Roxana Marcoci, Curator, and Eva Respini, Associate Curator, Department of Photography, MoMA
Nayland Blake, Chair, ICP/Bard Master’s Program in Advanced Photographic Studies, International Center of Photography (respondent)
Gregory Crewdson, Director, Graduate Studies in Photography, Yale University
Ashley Hunt, Co-Director, Program in Photography and Media Faculty, CalArts
Stephen Shore, Director, Photography Program, Bard College
James Welling, Chair, Photography Department, University of California, Los Angeles