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November 4: Photographing the Future: Utopian Vision and Ansel Adams’s Fiat Lux

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Friday, November 4, 4-6 p.m.
Geballe Room, Townsend Center for Humanities Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley

In 1963 Ansel Adams was commissioned by then UC president Clark Kerr to create a photographic book for the upcoming centennial celebration of the University of California in 1968. Adams was asked to “…emphasize the prospective view for the university and [to] project in images, as far as possible, “the next hundred years.” Between 1963 and 1967, Adams shot 6,000 images of the campuses and outposts of the university – producing a book, Fiat Lux, and an archive that has rarely been seen or explored, though it represents the single largest commission ever undertaken by this iconic American photographer. Paglen and Bryan-Wilson will discuss the ethical, aesthetic, and prophetic dimensions of this hubristic but revealing archive.

Trevor Paglen is a visual artist and geographer. Paglen’s visual work has been exhibited at Tate Modern, London; The Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams; the 2008 Taipei Biennial; the Istanbul Biennial 2009, and numerous other solo and group exhibitions. Julia Bryan-Wilson is an art historian focusing on modern and contemporary art, in particular post-war American, Latin American and European art, feminism, queer theory, performance, craft histories, video, art in the nuclear age, and collaborative practices. Her book “Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era” was published in 2009 and was named a “best book of the year” by Artforum magazine.

STILL PICTURES events are funded by the The Project on Disciplinary Innovation at the Townsend Center for the Humanities, UC Berkeley.

for more information, contact <jbecker@berkeley.edu>

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