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2020 Sonja Haynes Stone Memorial Lecture: Deborah Willis “Reflections on the Power of a Single Image”
October 14, 2020 @ 6:30 pm
Images of black social protests are fixed in our popular imagination through the photograph. Beginning in 1840, identity, race and gender shaped and controlled the reception of photographic portraits, both politically and aesthetically. This lecture will use the visual archive of the ongoing struggle for human and civil rights to connect images of black activism from the 19th century to the 21st century to explore the power of a single image.
Deborah Willis, PhD, is University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University where she teaches courses on photography, iconicity, and cultural histories visualizing the black body, women, and gender. She is also the director of NYU’s Center for Black Visual Culture. Her research examines photography’s multifaceted histories. She received a MacArthur Fellowship, and was a Richard D. Cohen Fellow in African and African American Art, Hutchins Center, Harvard University; and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She has pursued a dual professional career as an art photographer and as one of the nation’s leading historians of African American photography and curator of African American culture.