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Nazarian Program In The Fine Arts: Discussions In Contemporary Art, Part II

January 16, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Photographic Landscapes and Hidden Cities: Image-Based Technologies and Journeys Into the West Coast

Presented by the Soraya Sarah Nazarian Program in the Fine Arts, the second lecture of the series continues to focus on issues relating to contemporary art, centering on Los Angeles and, more broadly, the West Coast.

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This lecture explores the intersections of photographic technologies and the changing social and cultural landscapes of Los Angeles. The opening point will be marked in Ed Ruscha’s noted photobooks of the 196os, including Twentysix Gasoline Stations, Some Los Angeles Apartments and Nine Swimming Pools and a Broken Glass. Ruscha’s method of seemingly arbitrary framing provided more than a typified landscape: it also marked shifts in local economies of vision and systems of production. His works will provide us with a twofold trajectory, observing his relations with West Coast Pop and his photographic predecessors, as well as his impact on decades of photographic production. These juxtapositions will uncover genealogies of visual practice that is centered around Los Angeles, and is driven by a need to organize, collect, survey and archive its sites and urban spaces.

Rotem Rozental is the Chief Curator of the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, CA. In this capacity, she serves as the Assistant Dean of the Whizin Center and the Director of the Institute for Jewish Creativity (IJC). Rotem is a photo-historian, writer, and curator. Traversing the domains of technology, media and art, Rotem has been working as a consultant, editor, writer, educator and organizer for international publications, cultural non-profits and organizations, among them Dia:Beacon, The Liverpool Biennial, The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, and the Jerusalem Season of Culture. Her scholarly and curatorial projects were also supported by Artis, Independent Curators International, NurtureArt and the Center for Jewish History (NYC). See and read more at artbound.net.


January 16, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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307, American Jewish University
15600 Mulholland Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90077 United States
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