Monday, May 4, 2009


This lecture is tonight and should be really good!

When: Monday, May 4, 7 pm
Where: Library Building, Room 72 (350 Victoria Street at Gould Street)
Free: Arrive early for guaranteed seating.

Jorge Ribalta, curator of the internationally acclaimed exhibition Universal Archive. The Condition of the Document and the Modern Photographic Utopia at the Museu D'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), walks us through the exhibition, which is nothing short of revolutionary in its scope and reflections on the major movements and micro-histories of photography. Through montage and dialectical juxtaposition of images, Ribalta raises some of the most burning questions facing documentary media today.

André Malraux
selecting photographs for Le Musée imaginaire,Paris, c. 1947
Copyright Maurice Jarnoux/Paris Match/Scoop, 2008

UNIVERSAL ARCHIVE. The Condition of the Document and the Modern Photographic Utopia is and exhibition that brings together nearly 2,000 documents (of which the almost 1,000 vintage photographs and prints are of particular interest) dating from 1851 to 2008 by some 250 photographers, including Lewis Hine, Eugene Atget, Herbert Bayer, August Sander, Robert Adams, Martha Rosler and William Klein to name a few. Going beyong the presentation of a single, linear narration through the history of photography, the display offers an entire constellation of narratives on the genealogy of the document: the historic photographis missions. the reformist document, the workers' photography movement, exhibitions, advertising, projects based around ethnography and the documentation of cities, and so on. The exhibition is brought to a close by the commission that initiated UNIVERSAL ARCHIVE: the Barcelona 2007 Photographic Mission, which provides sixteen new looks at the city of the future.

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