PhotoMidwest members who are not attending the Long Exposure Group's monthly meeting may want to consider this presentation at the University of Wisconsin Madison:
Wu Hung, Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Professor of Chinese Art, Department of Art History, The University of Chicago
Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 7:30pm Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L160, University of Wisconsin Madison
This talk studies photographs that subtly disrupt the classification of portraits and self-portraits. These are studio portraits that bear the sitters’ inscriptions. Using a group of images related to the “queue-cutting” movement in early 20th-century China as examples, Wu Hung suggests that when an inscription is imbued with a distinct “I” voice and expresses the sitter’s personal feeling, experience, and aspiration, it transforms the anonymous portrait into a “self-image.” This case study further leads us to contemplate on photography’s role in facilitating such transformation.
Wu Hung, a member of the American Academy of Art and Science, is a well-known art historian, critic, and curator. He is the author and editor of more than 20 books and anthologies on traditional and contemporary Chinese art; the most recent include A Story of Ruins: Presence and Absence in Chinese Art and Visual Culture (2012), Contemporary Chinese Art: A History (2014) and Zooming In: Histories of Chinese Photography (2016).