October 15, 2008


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

At the MIA

INDIA: Public Places, Private Spaces—Contemporary Photography and Video Art
This exhibition presents contemporary Indian photography and video art of the last quarter century, ranging from straightforward photojournalism to highly contrived personal expressions. The twenty-eight artists included in this exhibition provide rich insights into the dynamics shaping the contemporary Indian psyche and social sphere, including deeply rooted cultural practices, dramatic economic and political shifts and the pervasive influence of the media. As they use their cameras to observe, analyze, interpret and subvert, these artists traverse many realms of experience, from the inescapable shared spectacle of the worlds of politics and Bollywood to the enigmatic territory of the artists' imagination. They investigate identity as a social construct, engage issues of gender and sexuality, and explore the effects of population migrations. As a result, the lens moves from the street to the home and from the body politic to the body of the artist.

Increasingly, Indian photographers and video artists insist that their work be more than simply a visual record that mirrors an easily discernable world. They have found more subjective ways to engage the Indian and global social domains, often performing for the camera and constructing narratives. With insight and poignancy, honesty and audacity, humor and irony, these artists create works with many levels of meaning. They encourage us to look beyond the surface, and to consider India anew.

Link to exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

October 8, 2008

Monday, 13 October class meets at 9:30

same place, different time.

October 7, 2008

Tomas Saraceno and Alberto Pesavento Lecture at MCAD

Tomas Saraceno and Alberto Pesavento

When: Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1p.m.
Where: MCAD Auditorium 150

Tomas Saraceno and Alberto Pesavento's futuristic constructions and images occupy a space between art and architecture that calls attention to the aesthetic and poetic dimensions of forms. Their conceptual and formal investigations cross diverse fields such as philosophy, politics, economics, and history to construct platforms for discussion about the anxieties of our times, depletion of world resources, alienation, and borderlines. While balancing a practice between producing and preserving energy, clustering and knitting, elevating and suspending, Saraceno and Pesavento invite us to visualize new horizons and goals. Co-presented by the Walker Art Center and MCAD.

This event is free and open to the public. Click for directions to campus.

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Makoto Fujimura

Makoto Fujimura

The Extravagance of Hope: The Mediating Role of Art in Culture

Friday, September 26, 2008, at 7 PM

Regis Center for Art, In-Flux Room (E110), UMN Campus

Art has been associated with transgression, shock, and irony especially in the recent days. "Culture War" language further isolated artistic territories as a battleground for ideologies, creating a deep divide in culture. Artist, author and creative catalyst Makoto Fujimura will explore possible ways in which art can, and has been, a medium of peacemaking. Instead of divisive language, can art be a "third language" in

culture to "create the world that ought to be"?

A Manhattan-based Japanese American artist, Makoto Fujimura blends abstract expressionism with the traditional Japanese art of Nihonga.

He is the founder of the International Arts Movement and was appointed to the National Council on the Arts in 2003. His works are on display at the Saint Louis Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, and the Time Warner / AOL / CNN building in Hong Kong.

This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by St. Paul’s Outreach and MacLaurin Institute (