Penelope Umbrico | Pushing the Lens | Visiting Artist Lecture

Penelope Umbrico | Pushing the Lens | Visiting Artist Lecture

Monday, January 11, 2010 - 13:01

Wednesday, January 20, 2010
12:00PM
Art Studio, Building 722
Room 165

Pushing the Lens: Conceptual Practices in Photography

Penelope Umbrico's work is as much a study of photography as it is photography. She looks for images in the public realm that depict ideas of beauty, status, intimacy and love - specifically those images that elicit desire. The focus is on publicly accessible often corporate, or corporate-sponsored "private" spaces promoting idealized life-styles. Through re-photographing, scan, and screen-capture, Umbrico selects details in the images that point to a deflation or rupture in the idealized fictions. Collecting, compiling, de-contextualizing and re-contextualizing this material, makes Umbrico a 21st Century archivist, and through her re-appropriation of the imagery the viewer is confronted with a new perceived value, meaning and function. She has had solo and group exhibitions throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and Asia including P.S. 1 Museum of Contemporary Art, NY; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; International Center of Photography, NY; Museum of Modern Art, NY.