This forum examines the role of pedagogy in the context of Stephen Shore’s work. The session is conceived in conjunction with the major exhibition Stephen Shore, on view at The Museum of Modern Art November 19, 2017–May 28, 2018, covering five decades of the artist’s career. Shore is known for his restless interrogation of image making, from the gelatin silver prints he made as a teenager, to his pioneering use of color, to his current engagement with digital platforms. Considered one of the most significant photographers of our time, Shore is also a longstanding teacher and mentor. The featured forum speakers are artists Lucas Blalock, Tim Davis, Shannon Ebner, Stephen Shore, and Xaviera Simmons; and Quentin Bajac, The Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz Chief Curator of Photography and curator of the exhibition.
This event is invitation only, but we are very pleased to present a recording of the forum, which will allow remote friends and colleagues to hear 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.