Penelope Umbrico, who teaches at the School of Visual Arts, New York City, will deliver the Studio VU Lecture on Wednesday, October 29, at 7 p.m. in Wilson Hall, room 126. Umbrico will talk about her photo-based installations, video, and digital media works that explore the changing technologies of image making and the ever-increasing production and consumption of images on the web.
Utilizing photo-sharing and consumer websites as an expansive archive, she navigates between producer and consumer, local and global, and the individual and the collective. Her works question the idea of the “democratization” of photography and media, where pre-scripted images, made with tools programmed to function in predetermined ways, undermine a claim to authorship, subjectivity and individuality. For Umbrico, all images within this emergent environment are evidence of something other than what they depict.
Umbrico has exhibited internationally, and her work is in the permanent collections of the Guggenheim Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Museum of Modern Art, NY; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a recent Guggenheim Fellowship and a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship.
Aperture published her monograph, Penelope Umbrico: Photographs, spring 2011. Forthcoming monographs include Range (Aperture); and Out of Order (RVB Paris), both fall 2014.
All Studio VU Lectures are free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the Wilson Hall lots as well as the parking lot across the street on 21st Avenue and Terrace Place. For more information, contact the Department of Art at 615-343-7241.