The Developing Room holds its second annual graduate student colloquium, an event for Ph.D. candidates from any field of study who are working on dissertation topics in which photography--its histories and theories--play a central role.
We encourage presentations on underrepresented histories globally. Students selected to present will share their work with their peers and an official respondent who is a leader in the field. The format involves a formal presentation of 25 minutes in length, followed by 30 minutes of discussion. Although only five presentations are given at each colloquium meeting, the Developing Room invites a large audience of students in order to ensure a rich conversation, and to build a constituency from which papers can be drawn in subsequent years. Last year, our inaugural event brought together an international group of researchers working across a wide range of topics related to photography.
This year’s respondent is Leslie Wilson, Assistant Professor of Art History at Purchase College, State University of New York. Professor Wilson’s teaching and research focuses on the global history of photography, modern and contemporary art from Africa and the African diaspora, American art post-1900, and museum studies. Her current project charts the development and popularization of color photography in South Africa, from its inception in the early twentieth century to contemporary practice. From 2015 to 2017, she was a 24-Month Chester Dale Predoctoral Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
Coffee and Pastries
Leila Anne Harris
Lunch Break (1 hr 30 min)
Break (10 min)
General Discussion led by Leslie Wilson
This workshop aims to take stock of profound changes in the collecting, archiving and—most importantly—exhibition of photography. Prominent initiatives such as the Museum of Modern Art’s Object/Photo have explored ways in which photographs can be foregrounded as unique materials in display, rather than mere surfaces for images. Simultaneously, archives, galleries and museums have brought sustained attention to vernacular photographic forms, such as 19th-century studio portraits and 20th-century family snapshots. Exhibitions and initiatives based on this material have asked how vernacular photographs can be chosen and displayed in a critical and useful fashion. The event will gather a panel of curators, conservators, and scholars to take stock of these developments in photography’s display.