Program Schedule

Saturday, April 9, 2022

MEMORIAL HALL, 1225 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH
9:45amOpening Remarks

Panel: Electricity
Moderated by Corey Keller, Independent Curator and Scholar, Oakland, CA, with panelists: Jordan Bear, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada; and Chitra Ramalingam, Interdisciplinary Curator and Academic at Yale University, New Haven, CT

In the nineteenth century, harnessing the potential of electricity became a preoccupation of scientific investigation and also tantalized (and sometimes terrified) the public imagination. This panel will consider the close and complex relationship between photography and electricity: how the medium was deployed to both visualize and conceal this potent but invisible force, and how electrical impulses were translated into the first “telephotographs,” eclipsing space and time.


Panel: Signal and Event: Early Press Photography and Its Distributions
Moderated by Jason Hill, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Delaware, Newark, DE, with panelists: Kim Beil, Art Historian based at Stanford University, Stanford, CA; Amy Scott, Executive Vice President of Research and Interpretation and Marilyn B. and Calvin B. Gross Curator of Visual Arts at the Autry Museum, Los Angeles, CA; and Mary Panzer, Independent Scholar, New York, NY

Press photography is primarily concerned with the prompt transmission of information about world events, to be received, as a rule, by viewers at some remove in place and time. With a focus on press photography’s golden age, circa 1930s–1970s, this panel considers some of the technologies and sites of transmission—the photo morgue; the television set, the police radio tower; the art museum—and the powers of inflection each of these contain.


Panel: Remote Exhibiting
Moderated by Kevin Moore, FotoFocus Artistic Director and Curator, with panelists: Chandra Frank, Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center at the University of Cincinnati and Independent Curator, Cincinnati, OH; Mary Mattingly, Artist, Brooklyn, NY; and Kevin Schmidt, Artist, Toronto, Canada

As centers of power—both actual places and critical discourses—are increasingly questioned, the concept of remoteness holds a seductive promise as both a location and mindset outside conventional methods of thinking, making, and exhibiting. This panel examines how artists and curators are making use of technology to create and critique from afar.


Lunch Break


Artist Spotlight: Moyra Davey
Moyra Davey, Artist, New York, NY

Moyra Davey will speak about her folded/mailed photographs, a process initiated almost by accident in 2007 and to this day a staple of her artistic practice.


Panel: Designing for People?
Moderated by David van der Leer, Principal, DVDL, New York, NY, with panelists: Todd Levon Brown, Environmental Psychologist, Austin, TX; Iwan Baan, Photographer, Amsterdam, Netherlands; and Erin Sharp Newton, Design Director for the Healthcare Practice at Posen Architects, New Jersey/New York

For decades, architects and designers largely preferred representing their building and city designs as unpopulated as possible in order to highlight those designs. Today, visualizations of future spaces, and their documentation once built, have begun to include people but as a subordinate element to the designs. This panel explores how photography and visualizations can help us better understand how we are actually impacted by the architectural spaces we inhabit.


Panel: Breaking News
Moderated by Alice Gabriner, Independent Visual Editor, New York, NY, with panelists: Dieu-Nalio Chery, Associated Press Photojournalist, New York, NY; Erin Schaff, New York Times Staff Photographer, Washington, D.C.; and Maye-E Wong, Associated Press Photojournalist, New York, NY

At media organizations, the pressures to produce images and stories faster and in greater volume have created evolving challenges for news photographers—and photo editors—in terms of both competition and in their ability to relay complex stories in such a fast moving landscape.




Keynote Conversation: Sophie Hackett and Collier Schorr
Collier Schorr, Artist and Critic, New York, NY, and Sophie Hackett, Curator of Photography at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

Collier Schorr and Sophie Hackett discuss the ways in which artists and curators are applying technologies to new patterns of globalism.

Sunday, April 10, 2022

THE GARFIELD THEATRE, 719 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH

Film Program: CortoCircuito and El actor principal [The Leading Actor]
Curated by Diana Vargas, Artistic Director, Havana Film Festival New York

Beginning at 2pm, the Symposium Film Program includes film shorts from Latin America, a panel discussion, and a special feature film, El actor principal [The Leading Actor]. This program presents the diversity of Latin American cultures while examining the ways in which media—and photographic imagery in particular—creates and distorts understanding of foreign cultures.

See the complete Film Program schedule and Symposium Participants.

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