Midday Art Break: Julia Dolan

February 8, 2017 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Take a break from your workday on the second Wednesday of the month and join a curator, museum educator, artist, or local scholar for a 45-minute talk in the galleries.

This month, Julia Dolan, PhD, Minor White Curator of Photography, will reflect on the current exhibition Photography and Contemporary Experience. Whether reflecting the visible world or an artist’s interior thoughts, the contemporary photograph actively participates in almost all aspects of modern life. This exhibition demonstrates the photographic medium’s ability to encompass a dizzying range of reactions to social change, political unrest, new technologies, and cultural confusion and upheaval.

Artists have long used the camera to both record and react to current events, but many contemporary practitioners push the conventional understanding of the photograph as marker of truth or reality, applying nontraditional viewpoints—both compositional and conceptual—to their work. Cutting-edge digital capabilities play a critical role in these expressions, as artists use new means to explore and question the influence of technology on modern society. Among other works from the permanent collection, Ben Buswell’s sculptural exploration of the self, Richard Mosse’s psychedelic take on documentary war reportage, and Penelope Umbrico’s iPhone charting of mountains in nature and popular reproductions demonstrate the rich expressive potential of the contemporary photographic image.

Space is limited. Advance tickets recommended.

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The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to access@pam.org, or call 503-226-2811.