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The End of Photography: Meditations on the Birth, Death and Meaning of a Medium
Sunday, November 2, 2008
2 – 3 p.m.

Pillsbury Auditorium

Lecturer: Peter Bacon Hales

Photography as an artistic medium has eroded dramatically in recent decades. The integration of photographic materials by painters has blurred traditional lines. Simultaneously, digital photography, with its capacities for manipulation, modulation, and transformation, has converted photographs into objects taken to be objects made over.

What this means for photography’s future is a subject of intense speculation, even as photographers—or those using photography—redefine the terms of the debate. Using contemporary photographs by artists Jeff Wall, Andreas Gursky, and others, and historical photographs dating back to the medium’s birth in 1826, Hales will explore the implications of crisis and promise in contemporary photography.

Peter Bacon Hales is chair and professor of the History of Art Department at the University of Illinois, Chicago, where he is also the director emeritus of the American Studies Institute.

Co-presented by Public Programs and the Photography Curatorial Council of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Admission: $5; free to MIA members. To reserve tickets, call (612) 870-6323 or register online at www.artsmia.org