NOTE: This syllabus is subject to change
Course policies, expectations, materials
Slides: Self-portraits by Lee Friedlander, John Coplans, Francesca Woodman,
Nan Goldin, Samuel Fosso
Technical: How to make a self-portrait: self-timers, shutter release,
assistance, shadows and mirrors.
Introduction, Richard Brilliant, Portraiture
Jean Francis Chevrier, "The Life of Forms: Fragmentation and Montage,"
A Self-Portrait, John Coplans, P.S.1., Contemporary Arts Center,
David Levi Strauss, "After You, Dearest Photography: Reflections on the
Works of Francesca Woodman," Francesca Woodman, Scalo, 1988.
Holland Carter, "When the I Is the Subject, and It's Always Changing,"
The New York Times, Sept, 12, 2003.
||Slides: Lucas Samaras
Class-wide critique of self-portrait images from the past week with an eye
towards the technical.
Chapter 1 & 2, Brilliant, Portraiture
|February 6, 6-8
||Whitney Museum of American Art (pay what
945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street
New York, NY
Unrepentant Ego: The Self-Portraits of Lucas Samaras
on view until February 8, 2004
Emily Fisher Landau Galleries Floor 4
Throughout a remarkably prolific career spanning over forty years, Lucas
Samaras (b. 1936) has produced a heterogeneous and highly textured body of
work. Self-depiction is arguably the driving force of his entire oeuvre, and
this exhibition traces the self-portrait leitmotif through approximately
three hundred objects, including drawings, photographs, sculpture, and film.
Samaras's innovative, idiosyncratic art has occupied a position outside the
dominant trends of his time, earning him a significant place in the history
of American art and exerting considerable influence on younger artists.
on view until February 22, 2004
Mildred and Herbert Lee Galleries Floor 2
The Whitney presents John Currin, the first solo museum show in the
United States devoted to the artist's work. The exhibition is organized by
the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, where it made its debut in May
2003, in collaboration with London's Serpentine Gallery. This survey
exhibition includes approximately forty paintings from the past decade.
In the last decade, John Currin (b. 1962) has come to be recognized as one
of the most important and provocative artists of his generation. His work is
inspired by images ranging from Italian and Northern Renaissance figure
paintings to modern and contemporary magazine advertisements and fashion
photographs. Featured in the Whitney's 2000 Biennial, Currin's paintings
explore issues of beauty, representation, and desire through the
presentation of the physical body and human relationships.
||The Intimate Portrait
Slides: Paul Strand, Edward Weston, Harry Callahan, Emmet Gowin, Sally
Mann; Steiglez video.
Arthur Ollman, "Introduction," The Model Wife, The Museum of
Photographic Arts, 2000
Sandra Matthews and Laura Wexler, "Family Photographs and the Pregnant
Pose," Pregnant Pictures, 2000, Routledge
Jessica Todd Smith, "Time of Exposure; Nancy Newhall's Unpublished Book
of Edward Weston's Nudes," Edward Weston: A Legacy, 2003, The Henry
E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery.
Intimate portrait - family or friends
Diane Arbus video, E.J. Bellocq, Edward Curtis, Katy Grannan
Janet Malcolm, "The Real Thing," The New York Review of Books,
Jan. 9, 1997.
Joseph L. Ruby, Letter, in response to Malcolm.
Arthur Lubow, "Arbus Reconsidered," The New York Times, Sept. 14,
Jerry Saltz, "Only the Lonely," artnet.com
Choice of photographer for class presentation.
Photograph those who are unlike you.
10 images for critique
Reading: (due after break)
Chapter 3, 4, Brilliant, Portraiture
One page proposal with preliminary outline for paper if this has been
One page project proposal describing the photographic project you want to
Continue to make portraits.
||No class due to conference
Reality and the Construction of Character
Due via email: paper & project proposals
Arthur C. Danton: Past Masters and Post Moderns: Cindy Sherman's
History Portraits," Rizzoli, NY, 1991.
Arthur C. Danton, "Photography and Performance: Cindy Sherman's Stills,"
Untitled Film Stills, Jonathon Lade, London, 1990.
http://www.getty.edu/art/collections/bio/a202 6-1.html (Cameron)
||Slides: Works by Julia Margaret Cameron, Cindy
Sherman, Nikki S. Lee
Slides: Susan Kismaric, August Sander, Disfarmer, Graciela Iturbide.
Susan Kismaric, Judith Joy Ross, Museum of Modern Art
Alfredo Lopez Austin, Recurrent Letters," Images of the Spirit,
||Slides: Lee Friedlander, Portraits
R.B. Kitaj, "Still in Praise of Still Photography," Lee Friedlander
Portraits, Little Brown & Company, 1985.
"Maria: Photographs by Lee Friedlander," Photographers at Work, A
||Slides: Thomas Ruff, Reinke Dikstra
Boris v. Brauchitsch, Thomas Ruff, Museum of Moderne Kunst, 1992
"Thomas Ruff," Interview with Philip Pocock
||Slides: Hiroshi Sugimoto, Lorna Simpson