Image and Object:
Collecting and Exhibiting the Photograph

A public lecture and panel discussion presented by the Massey University College of Creative Arts in association with the AIC & ICOM-CC Photographs Conservation Joint Meeting.

From daguerreotype to digital image, photographs are circulated, collected and presented in a multitude of contexts – carriers of visual meaning, but also specific material objects. This event will consider the use and exhibition of the photograph as an art or cultural object, increasingly held in gallery and museum collections. What is the special nature of the photograph in this context, and what are the current issues and practices involved in the collection and exhibition of photographs?

Te Ara Hihiko
College of Creative Arts
Massey University
Entrance E, Tasman Street

6 pm Friday 15th February 2013
A free event open to the public

Lecture – Judy Annear
Judy Annear has been senior curator photographs at the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney since 1995. She has curated numerous collection based exhibitions such as Portraits of Oceania 1996, Bill Henson 2007 and many international projects such as Alfred Stieglitz 2010, August Sander 2007, Man Ray 2005, World without end: photography and the 20th century 2000-1. She has lectured and published extensively on photography and 20th century art, she was a member of the jury, Hasselblad Foundation Award, Gothenburg 2006, visiting scholar, 2007, J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, and a Board member, Artspace, Sydney 2007-09. [97]

Photography is polymorphously perverse, famously wriggly in refusing to be pinned down in terms of content and form hence its ambiguous status (still) within the art world at large let alone amongst writers, theorists and historians. My paper will look at how the Art Gallery of NSW has, over the last 15 odd years, dealt with the medium in terms of collection and exhibition and present various case studies for discussion.
Followed by –

Panel discussion
Judy Annear (Senior Curator Photographs, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney)
Paul McNamara (Director, McNamara Gallery Photography, Whanganui)
Lissa Mitchell (Collections Manager Art (Photography and New Media), Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington)
Dr Erika Wolf (Associate Professor, Department of History and Art History, University of Otago)

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