Lecture: The Drama of Identity

Dec 1, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Lecture: The Drama of Identity photo

In conjunction with Persona: A Body in Parts, Kathryn Shields, Ph.D Art History, will speak about contemporary visual art practices that deal with metaphorical masking, visual communication, and identity. The concept of masking, a general reference to the layering of literal and symbolic meaning in a photograph, also encompasses the malleability of identity and the seemingly fluid boundary between fact and fiction explored by a number of contemporary artists.

Shields has contributed entries on “Masking,” “Eliot Porter,” and “Gender and Representation,” for the Encyclopedia of 20th-Century Photography, an expansive text covering the technical, conceptual, and biographical history of photography. She is co-author of Gateways to Art: Understanding the Visual Arts, an Introduction to the Visual Arts textbook to be published by Thames and Hudson in October, 2011. She also contributed a chapter on the history of music videos, called “Carnival Mirrors: The Hermetic World of Music Video,” to a collection of essays on Visual Culture. Shields is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Guilford College and previously served as a curatorial assistant at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Gillian Wearing, Self Portrait as my Sister Jane Wearing (from Album), 2003. Image courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles © Gillian Wearing.

Persona: A Body in Parts and related public programs are made possible through the support of the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, and Jaguar Land Rover of Greensboro, a Flow Automotive Company. Special thanks to Heather Flow and to Carol Cole and Seymour Levin.



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