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Hogue-Sponenburgh Lecture by Myra Greene, Assoc. Professor of Photography, Columbia College Chicago
Start Date: 2/15/2013Start Time: 5:30 PM
End Date: 2/15/2013End Time: 6:30 PM

Event Description
Please join us for an exciting and provocative lecture on contemporary art. "My White Friends" Hogue-Sponenburgh Lecture by Myra Greene, Associate Professor of Photography, Columbia College Chicago February 15th, 5:30pm, Cone Chapel, Waller Hall, Willamette University. Free and open to the public. A contemporary master of photography who explores racial identity through portraiture, Myra Greene teaches Photography at Columbia College Chicago. Her artwork, recently featured in the New York Times, has been exhibited nationally in galleries and museums including the New York Public Library, Art Museum of the Americas in Washington D.C and the Museum of African Diaspora in San Francisco.

Greene will lecture on recent work including her series of fifty portraits entitled “My White Friends”, a body of work that has garnered critical acclaim from, among others, the New York Times, The international review of African American Art and ArtSlant San Francisco. In earlier work, including the series “Character Recognition”, Greene examined her own and broader racial identity of African Americans. The recent New York Times feature quoted her as asking the questions, “how do we look at black people and recognize their character? Do we recognize character just by looking at the shape of a nose or the color of skin?” In her series, “Character Recognition” Greene created intimate, close-ups of her own facial features. Using the antique process of ambrotype (wet collodion on black glass) she created shimmering, highly detailed images that are beautiful and provocative for their intimacy and potent racial content. Through the series “My White Friends,” Greene set out to examine her relation to the dominant culture around her and to create images that would provoke reflection on whiteness, not as an invisible norm, but as one in a spectrum of many racial identities. “I’m always thinking about race,” she says. “I recognize when I’m the only black person in a room. My white friends will notice I’m the only black person too. But they don’t notice a room full of white people.” Her request to photograph her friends because they were white reversed normal expectations and called their attention to a racial dynamic about which they were usually unaware.

Greene is one of the most exciting and important young American photographers working today, and her images will provoke complex discussions about race, aesthetics, and the role of art in contemporary culture.
Location Information:
*WU Campus - Waller Hall  (View Map)
900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
Phone: 503-370-6300
Room: Cone Chapel
Contact Information:
Name: Amy Schwartz, Administrative Assistant for the Dept of Art
Phone: 503-370-6136
Email: aschwart@willamette.edu
Admission / Ticket Info:
Free and Open to the Public
Event Sponsor(s):
Sponsored by the Hogue-Sponenburgh Lecture Series

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