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The ‘BLACK PORTRAITURE{S} II: Imaging the Black Body and Re-Staging Histories’ conference took place earlier this summer at Villa La Pietra, home of the NYU Florence program. This was the 6th conference in 6 years organized in large part by DPI Chair Deborah Willis, exploring perspectives on the historical and contemporary role played by photography, art, film, literature, and music in referencing the image of the black body in the West. The conference was hugely successful with more than 580 people in attendance including New York City’s First Lady Chirlane McCray.

Hat tip to DPI administrators Edgar Castillo, Brandy Dyess, Patricia McKelvin, Abi Roucka for their hard work on the front, middle and backend of this endeavor. Other DPI community members in attendance included Dean Allyson Green, Shelley Rice, Ulrich Baer, Mary Schmidt Campbell, Zalika Abdul-Azim, Claudia Mann, Nicole Motta, Kalia Brooks, Hank Willis Thomas and former DPI admin M. Liz Andrews.

Click through for more details, videos of the presentations and performances, and for links to photos and discussions inspired by and included in BLACK PORTRAITURE{S} II >>>



Image by Deborah Willis

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Ernest Cole Photographer Colloquium at NYU

Coming up at NYU this October:

Saturday, October 18, 1:00-5:00pm
Jurow Lecture Hall, Silver Center
New York University
(Enter at 100 Washington Sq. East)

1:00-3:00 pm: Curating and Writing on South African Photography

Panel discussion moderated by Deborah Willis, University Professor and chair of Photography & Imaging (TSOA), NYU; with Awam Amkpa, Associate Professor of Drama, Social and Cultural Analysis, Director, Africana Studies, NYU; C. Daniel Dawson, faculty member, Gallatin School, NYU, and IRAAS, Columbia University; Tosha Grantham, PhD candidate in Art History, University of Maryland at College Park; Tumelo Mosaka, independent curator; and Brendan Wattenberg, director of exhibitions, The Walther Collection Project Space, New York.

3:15-5:00 pm: Drum (2004)

Film screening. Directed by Zola Maseko, starring Taye Diggs, Gabriel Mann, and Tumisho Masha. Accompanied by the jazz rhythms of 1950s Johannesburg, this film focuses on the anti-apartheid movement through the lives of South African investigative reporter Henry Nxumalo and photographer Jürgen Schadeberg—both contributors, along with Ernest Cole, to Drum, a popular black lifestyle magazine. 94 min. Awarded Best South African Film at the Durban International Film Festival.

Co-sponsored by NYU’s Africa House, Institute of African American Affairs, College of Arts & Science, Department of Art History, Department of Photography & Imaging (TSOA), and Grey Art Gallery.

Offered in conjunction with the exhibition “Ernest Cole Photographer,” on view at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery, 100 Washington Square East, September 3-December 6, 2014. Exhibition information: http://www.nyu.edu/greyart/

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Black Portraiture{s} II. May 28th-31st Florence, Italy

Black Portraitures II: Imaging the Black Body and Re-Staging Histories is the sixth in a series of highly successful conferences staged by New York University (NYU) in collaboration with Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research.  This conference will bring together artists and scholars from an assortment of disciplines and practices, including art history, fashion, performance, and fine art, in wide-ranging conversations about the historical and contemporary ways in which the black body has been imagined in the West.

The art and politics of representing blackness have generated global sites of examination and contestation. This year’s conference will strike an innovative note by including a focus on depictions of the black body within the art collections of NYU’s Villa La Pietra in Florence, Italy. These assets include a collection of sculptures and paintings representing ornamental black images that have come to be known as “Blackamoors.” These images present an opportunity to deconstruct, compare, and contextualize the myriad portrayals of the black body in western societies from multidisciplinary angles. The more recent universality of black culture and its global presence have heightened the visibility of the black body in international sports, music, fashion, and the visual arts, with implications worthy of much critique. In this context,Black Portraitures II: Imaging the Black Body and Re-Staging “Ornamental Blackness” in History, explores the impulses, ideas, and techniques undergirding the production of images of desire and self-representation, and the exchange of the gaze from the 18th century to the present day.

For more information, please visit the NYU Tisch Department of Photography & Imaging website.

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Society for Photographic Education Member Show @ Full Circle gallery Baltimore

DPI alum Brian Miller is happy to invite you to a new photography show. Full Circle Gallery, in concert with guest curator, Jay Gould & the Department of Photography at the Maryland Institute (MICA), announces a special exhibit to coincide with the Society for Photographic Education National Conference in Baltimore (March 6-9). Seven SPE member artists are featured in this show, including Eliot Dudik, Sarah Cusimano Miles, Brenton Hamilton, Rebecca Hopp, Gina Phillips, Emma Powell, & John Vigg. “Echoes of Veracity” highlights photographers exploring their medium through innovation on traditional notions of the photographic subject as well as an augmentation of its techniques and process. If you’re in town for the conference or traveling down for a night at the Otto Bar, join Full CIrcle Gallery for a wine reception with the artists Saturday March 8th from 7-10PM . Show runs 2/22 – 3/29. Brian would be glad to give fellow Tisch P&I folks a tour of their fine art printing and archival framing studios. For more info, contact brian@fullcirclephoto.com /// www.fullcirclephoto.com

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Visualizing Freedom: Photography & Emancipation: Talk and Book Signing with Deborah Willis

The Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice presents a book-signing and lecture with DPI faculty member Deb Willis.

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
Reception & Book Signing 6:00pm
Lecture & Presentation 6:30pm
Smith Buonanno 106
95 Cushing Street

Free and open to the public

Please join Brown Univeristy at 6:00pm on Tuesday, March 4th, for a reception to welcome Professor Deborah Willis. Prof. Willis will also be available for book purchases and signing. Following the reception at6:30pm, join us for the 2014 Debra L. Lee Lecture on Slavery and Justice, Visualizing Freedom: Photography and Emancipation.

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DPI alum Veena Rao producing a Panel for New York Women in Television TONIGHT!

DPI alum Veena Rao will be co-producing a panel for New York Women in Television (NYWIFT), tonight at NYU’s Journalism building (20 Cooper Square). “We’ll be discussing how filmmakers are pushing the boundaries between narrative and documentary filmmaking. It should be a great discussion. ”

Event Information
Pushing the Boundaries: Telling Stories That Defy Categorization
Date/Time: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
7:00 PM
Pricing: $15 to NYWIFT members
$15 to BDC Members
$25 to Nonmembers
RSVP online
Location: NYU Arthur Carter Journalism Institute,
20 Cooper Square

For a full description and panelist bios, click through.


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Hale Woodruff Symposium Photos

Here are a few photos, as an appetizer to a larger post coming soon, from today’s Hale Woodruff Symposium. The symposium focused on the work of Hale Aspacio Woodruff (1900-1980), in conjunction with Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College, currently on display at NYU’s 80WSE Galleries went wonderfully.  Details here.

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Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College


Join DPI chair Deborah Willis, as she kicks off this one-day symposium focused on the work of Hale Aspacio Woodruff (1900-1980), in conjunction with Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College, currently on display at NYU’s 80WSE Galleries. (See links at the bottom of this post for details and registration).

Friday, Oct. 4th, 2013
9:00am – 4:30pm

Presenters will include art historians, curators, and other leading scholars together exploring Hale Woodruff’s art and its significance.

Pre-registration is required, as space is limited
Eisner and Lubin Auditorium
Kimmel Center for University Life
60 Washington Square South, NYC
Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m – continental breakfast will be provided

Details here. Register here.

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‘Landscapes In Passing’ at the Smithsonian Featuring Elaine Mayes

Utah, 1971 by Elaine Mayes

DPI Professor Emerita Elaine Mayes has photographs featured in ‘Landscapes In Passing’ at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

The American landscape has inspired generations of artists, but the 48 photographs in this presentation— by Steve Fitch, Robbert Flick and Elaine Mayes— are a far cry from traditional representations of the subject. Where painters of the Hudson River School saw the sublime and survey photographers of the 19th century discerned supernatural majesty in America’s landscapes, Fitch, Flick and Mayes find evidence of civilization’s rapid expansion into suburbs and exurbs.

Apart from a slideshow and details, there is also a podcast and video of a Elaine’s panel discussion at the Smithsonian in DC (embedded below).

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DPI at Photoville 2013



DPI is well represented at Photoville 2013

PHOTOVILLE, the Brooklyn-based pop up photo destination built from freight containers transformed into exhibition spaces, opens up its photo village gates from September 19 to September 29, in Brooklyn Bridge Park  on the Uplands of Pier 5.  HOURS and Schedule.  Directions. Admission Free



linkaAaj Tak, lightbox installation by alumnus Linka A Odom
(image to left)


Indie Photobook Library Presents A SURVEY OF DOCUMENTARY STYLES IN EARLY 21ST CENTURY – including alumni Sara Macel and Juliana Beasley.
Tierney Fellowship Presents two exhibitions curated by Jerry Vezzusso. Fellowship 2012 includes alumnus Bridgette Auger

Nighttime event

Question Bridge: Black males

Thursday, September 26 – 7PM Photoville Beergarden

Created by Chris Johnson, alumnus Hank Willis Thomas, faculty Bayeté Ross Smith, and Kamal Sinclair

Curated by Bayeté Ross Smith




Saturday 9/21

6:00pm – 7:00pm | FAMILY MATTERS – Photography in Close Relation

including alumnus Sara Macel


Sunday 9/22

3:30- 4:30pm |

Talk: Faculty Fred Ritchin presents Bending the Frame

Sunday 9/29

12:30- 1:30pm | Panel: Community Collaborations

moderated by Faculty Lorie Novak  and featuring alumnus Alice Proujansky,  and others

4:00 – 5:00pm | Artist Talk: Jerry Vezzuso presents Sunday Supper

in conversation with Faculty Lorie Novak

5:10-6:10pm | Artist Talk: Paolo Woods Presents STATE

A conversation presented by Fred Ritchin


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