The Performative Image: Photography and Performance

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

The Performative Image

Fall 2021

Taught By: Joshua Lubin-Levy

Section: A

CRN: 9164

Credits: 4

A photograph is an unstable document. Caught been 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, of photography and its deep relation to the history of performance—not only what images mean but what they do, especially amidst a world in which many would describe feeling exhausted by the flux of images that may ask us to do something, do something to us, or both. This upper-level course will introduce students to various theories of performativity alongside readings on postmodern and contemporary photography, art, and performance. We will look closely at the work of artists including Louise Lawler, Dan Graham, Helio Oiticica, Lucy Lippard, Mark Morrisroe and Nan Goldin, among many others. We will examine the relation, and difference, between performance and performativity, by looking specifically at the history of performance art's entanglement with the photographic medium. We will also think about the ways in which the photograph and photography might itself be considered a performer. Students will be required to read critical theory and art history, engage in weekly discussions, and practice close analysis of visual artworks. 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 queer, feminist, trans, and critical race and ethnicity studies that 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)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five 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: 11:58am 1/24/2022 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 518

Date Range: 8/30/2021 - 12/13/2021