Instructor: David Smucker
4 Tuesdays; registration is open throughout
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Price: Nonmember $355, Member $325, Student/Educator/Other Museum Staff $250
This course presents a survey of modern and contemporary photography, paying particular attention to examples we can see up close in MoMA’s biannual New Photography exhibition, which showcases major contemporary trends, and its retrospective of the groundbreaking color photographer Stephen Shore. Additionally, we will see the importance of photography in documenting performance art, in the exhibition Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983. We will discuss how photographers have preserved the present, captured innovative and beautiful visions, and challenged stereotypical ways of looking at the world.
Bio: David Smucker is an art historian whose research focuses on the history of photography. He has written about the intersection of photography and the American road trip in his dissertation "Street Views: Automotive Vision and Postwar American Photobooks," and has an abiding interest in how photography can tell us about cultural changes through the pictures people choose to take.