Learning Series Lecture: Art and Fact from Edward Hopper to Zoe Leonard

Floor 3, Susan and John Hess Family Gallery and Theater

For Learning Series members in the Curate Your Own Membership program

"I began thinking about what it means for a photograph to have a subject: if the subject of a photograph is always that thing that is depicted or if it can also be the idea of seeing, the process of looking."—Zoe Leonard, 2012

In this talk, teaching fellow Joshua Lubin-Levy will explore the ways in which artists use careful empirical observation to interrogate the process of vision. The sculptures and photographs of Zoe Leonard use a variety of strategies to carefully and reflectively calibrate vision. A counter-example to the speed and disposability of image culture today, her work asks the viewer to reengage with how we see and how we come to know and make sense of the world around us. By tracing a concern with empirical observation through the work of artists such as Edward Hopper—who described his mode of working as “from the fact”—this talk will spotlight the complex relationship between observable reality and subjective experience.

Option 1: Thursday, February 15, 5:30–6:30 pm
Option 2: Sunday, March 25, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
Option 3: Saturday, April 14, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

Individual and Dual Learning Series members are invited to this event: For Individual members, the invitation is for one; for Dual members, the invitation is for two. Registration instructions will be provided by email.

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The Susan and John Hess Family Theater is equipped with an induction loop and infrared assistive listening system. Accessible seating is available.

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