Event Details

Mar 22, 2019
9:00am - 4:30pm
Wing lecture room

"Images Objects Archives: The Multiple Lives of Photographs" featured artists, archivists, and curators actively involved with photographic archives discussing important issues regarding the selection, use, contextualization, and interpretation of photographs. They addressed how specific photographs acquire added meaning in the company of others, how photographic archives serve a variety of users and audiences, why the photographic archive as an idea has become central to the practices of contemporary art, and how the collection and presentation of traditional archives differs from that of today’s digital image recording.

The presentations were live streamed on live.alumni.cornell.edu where they can be viewed with a Cornell NetID or Facebook login.

This symposium was organized by Andy Grundberg '69 and Kate Addleman-Frankel, the Gary and Ellen Davis Curator of Photography at Cornell, and generously supported by the Melissa ’85 and Matthew Rubel Family Fund for Photography, Education, and Engagement. It is held in conjunction with “Crossing the Photographic Divide: Mining and Making Meaning,” a collaborative initiative between the Johnson and Cornell University Library, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


MORNING SESSION: Art and Archives

9:30–10:45 AM
Mike Mandel and Chantal Zakari

Response, followed by Q&A
Andrew Moisey
Assistant Professor and Director of Visual Studies, Cornell

11:00 AM–12:00 PM
Julia Van Haaften
Curator, author, and founding curator of the New York Public Library’s photography collection

Response, followed by Q&A
Kate Addleman-Frankel
The Gary and Ellen Davis Curator of Photography, Cornell


AFTERNOON SESSION 1: Curating Photo Archives 

1:00–1:45 PM
Dominique Luster
The Teenie Harris Archivist, Carnegie Museum of Art

1:45–2:30 PM
Pauline Vermare
Cultural Director of Magnum Photos

2:30–3:00 PM
Response panel
Moderated by Katherine Reagan,
Assistant Director for Collections & Ernest L. Stern Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts, Cornell Library

AFTERNOON SESSION 2: Archival Subjects

3:15–3:45 PM
In conversation
Photographer Anthony Barboza and Bill Gaskins,
Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Art, Cornell

3:45–4:15 PM
In conversation
Photographer Larry Clark and Johan Kugelberg, collector and owner, Boo-Hooray
Following the conversation, Kugelberg will discuss archiving the photographic collection of Joe Conzo, Jr.

4:15–4:30 PM
Concluding remarks


Updated 26 March 2019