Wednesday 25 May 2011, 6.15pm
at Centre for Contemporary Photography.
Gold-coin donation, no bookings required.
Dr Alison Nordström will survey the history of George Eastman House—the oldest museum of its kind in the world—since its opening in 1947. Nordström will address the formation of Eastman House collections and the influence of those collections on our understanding of photographic history. She will discuss the seminal Eastman House exhibition New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-altered Landscape (1975). In its day, New Topographics signalled the emergence of a new approach to landscape photography. Finally, Nordström will consider how contemporary artists like Abelardo Morrell, Mark Klett and Simon Norfolk are using 19th century material to explore the contents and form of the historical archive.
About Alison Nordström
Alison Nordström is Curator of Photographs at George Eastman House. She was the Founding Director and Senior Curator of the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach, Florida from 1991 to 2002 where she curated over 100 exhibitions of photography including the popular biennial series Fresh Work. At George Eastman House she initiated the contemporary biennial Vital Signs, and curated the exhibitions Paris: Photographs by Eugene Atget & Christopher Rauschenberg; Why Look at Animals? and Found: Photographs by Gerald Slota. Nordström writes and lectures extensively on contemporary photography and holds a PhD in Cultural and Visual Studies.
Alison Nordström is in Australia as a guest of Bendigo Art Gallery for the exhibition American Dreams: 20th Century Photography from George Eastman House.
For a recording of Alison Nordström's lecture, click here MP3, 29.7MB