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: Camilo Godoy

Section: A

CRN: 9164

Credits: 4

Since the invention of photography in the 1800’s, the performative possibilities of making photographs and posing for them has been a conceptual strategy. This course is designed at the intersection of photography and its deep relationship to performance. Together, we will explore not only what photographs represent but what they mean and do. This upper-level course will introduce students to various theories of performativity alongside readings on the history of photography and performance. We will consider the relation, and difference, between performance and performativity. We will closely study the photographic practice of Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, George Platt Lynes, Barbara Morgan, Toyo Miyatake, Claude Cahun, Roy DeCarava, Tee Corinne, Jimmy DeSana, Carrie Mae Weems, Nikki S. Lee, Lyle Ashton Harris, Justin J Wee, Martine Gutierrez, and Texas Isaiah, among many others. Students will be required to read critical theory and art history, engage in weekly discussions, practice close visual analysis, engage in writing and photographic exercises, visit galleries and museums, and make a final project. Both photography and performance have the ability to not only document but to also create worlds. As such, we will engage with scholarship drawn from a range of fields, including queer, feminist, postcolonial, indigenous, disability, trans, and black studies to open up new terrains for the usefulness of photography and performance.

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: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* 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: 10:38pm EST 11/30/2022

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 259

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