The Performative Image: Photography and Performance

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

The Performative Image

Fall 2022

Taught By: Joshua Lubin-Levy

Section: A

CRN: 9164

Credits: 4

A photograph is an unstable document. Caught between then and now, here and there, the photograph slides between presence and absence attesting to a world beyond the present moment while also consuming our attachment and attention in the proverbial "now.” This course offers an examination of photographic performativity, as well as photography and its deep relation to the history of performance—considering not only what images mean but what they do, especially amidst a world in which the flood of visual images seems to perpetually demand more from us as producers and consumers. This upper-level course will introduce students to various the study of postmodern and contemporary photography, art, and performance. We may look closely at the work by artists such as Jack Smith, Hélio Oiticica, Mark Morrisroe, Nan Goldin, Hervé Guilbert, Lyle Ashton Harris, Deana Lawson, and Kia LaBeija among others. In doing so, we will explore the relation, and difference, between performance and performativity, between performing for the camera and the way the camera mediates the live event, and attend to our own implications as voyeurs, audience, and witness to the photographic act and the acts it documents. Students will be required to read from critical theory and art history, practice frequent writing exercises that develop skills of slow looking and close reading, and developing a semester long research project on a single work of art. At the center of the mediums of both performance and photography lays the fundamental ability to not only document but to create a world. As such, we will be particularly attuned to the artists whose work engage key questions from (among others) queer, feminist, trans, and critical race studies help to open new terrains for the usefulness of photography and performance in creating documents towards future utopias.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (LARS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 20, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:04pm 6/26/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 8/29/2022 - 12/12/2022