Friday, November 1
3241 Angell Hall
For a filmmaker who says she does not make “political films,” Sofia Coppola nonetheless sketches out a politics of contemporary celebrity and media culture through her expressive character and production design. Place is central to her films’ cultural and visual politics. Alison Hoffman-Han’s presentation will consider Coppola’s cinematic “psychogeographies” of Los Angeles and Tokyo by looking closely at The Bling Ring (2013), Somewhere (2010), and Lost in Translation (2003). Focusing on Coppola’s intertextual dialogues with other artists’ renderings of these cities, Hoffman-Han questions how Coppola visualizes the monumentality of mobility and immensity of intimacy in our “supermodern” age.
Dr. Hoffman-Han is an Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies at Oakland University, and the author of the upcoming Sofia Coppola: Reveries in Pink (University of Illinois Press).
Lunch will be served.Please RSVP to Katie Lennard: Klennard@umich.edu
The Visual Culture Workshop Presents
A trans-disciplinary conversation
Thursday, October 3 3:00-4:30pm
3512 Haven Hall
Graduate students and faculty whose work addresses visual culture read images in a range of ways. Our first event this fall will be a series of mini lectures (3 min or less) by graduate students whose research depends image-based sources.
Come to give feedback and expand the way you think about images in your own work.
Cass Adair (English)
Akiva Gottlieb (English and Screen Arts and Culture)
Katie Lennard (American Culture)
Rachel Miller (American Culture)
We will also be discussing our plans for the year’s events and would love to have your voice in the conversation.
Refreshments will be served
The VCW is working on some exciting events for this semester.
In the meantime, go see the provocative exhibition, State of Exception at the Institute for Humanities Gallery, 202 S. Thayer.
“This exhibition presents traces of the human experience–backpacks, water bottles, border patrol restrains, and other objects left behind in the desert by undocumented migrants on their journey into the U.S. This in combination with video shot by Richard Barnes on location along the U.S./Mexico border comprises State of Exception, the first major curation of the work of U-M anthropologist Jason De León’s Undocumented Migration project. This collaboration between artist/photographer Richard Barnes, De León, and curator Amanda Krugliak considers the complexity and ambiguity of the found objects and what they may or may not reveal in terms of transition, human experience, culture, violence, and accountability.”
Visual Cultures of Emancipation
A Gallery Tour of “Proclaiming Emancipation” with curators Martha Jones and Clayton Lewis
Hatcher Library Gallery 100
Monday, November 26
The exhibition “Proclaiming Emancipation” examines debates surrounding the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 through a visual framework, helping contemporary viewers to see how massive social change was envisioned, challenged, and enacted by Americans as part of their everyday lives.Spanning a wide range of media, our tour will examine photographs, lithographs, pantings, journal, and sculpture, in order to see how such various visual perspectives on this period offer us new insights into the study of an historical phenomenon.
Please join the Visual Culture Workshop for a tour and discussion of this exciting exhibition! We look forward to having a wide range of disciplinary perspectives in our discussion of both the materials at hand, and the process of curation as a tool for scholarly inquiry.
Please RSVP to Katie Lennard
is presented by the Law School’s Program in Race, Law & History and the William L. Clements Library, in cooperation with the Hatcher Graduate Library.
The Visual Culture Workshop presents
a panel discussion:
Curating for Non-Curators
L to R: Vietnam War Memorial (c Smithsonian Institution); First editions (collectorsweekly.com); Carte de visite (Special Collections, University of Texas); Slave chains (Slave Relics Museum, Walterboro, SC); George Vargas, “1949 Chevy” (Latinos in Michigan, UM Bentley Historical Library)
Monday, October 29th from 2:30-4 p.m.
3222 Angell Hall
How and why do humanities scholars & social scientists engage with images and visual objects as part of their teaching and research? How can the project of displaying, conserving, or exhibiting visual or digital objects enhance disciplinary & interdisciplinary work in contexts that aren’t typically focused on the visual? What new questions & possibilities come into view for scholars who make curating part of their practice? What kinds of challenges does such work pose?
Please join us for an informal panel featuring Sara Blair (English) Maria Cotera (American Culture, Latino/a Studies, Women’s Studies), Nan Z. Da (English), Kristin Haas (American Culture), and Martha Jones (Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Law School).
Refreshments will be served; PLEASE RSVP to email@example.com, so we can provide sufficient quantities.
Don’t miss this opportunity to join us for lively discussion and exchange!
The Visual Culture Workshop is returning for 2012-2013.
We’re hoping to see you soon!