“Shadow Puppets” at GSU Welch

“Shadow Puppets: Traces of New Documentary Practices,” curated by Jill Frank and Stephanie Dowda
January 14 – February 8

The Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design Galleries and the Center for Collaborative and International Arts (CENCIA) are pleased to present Shadow Puppets: Traces of New Documentary Practices from January 14 through February 8, 2013. A closing reception on Thursday, February 7, 7-9 p.m., is free and open to the public.

The exhibit Shadow Puppets: Traces of New Documentary Practices, features photographic and video works that explore the authority of the document and productively exploit lens-based media’s ability to confound reality with fiction.

Artists: Daniel Bejar, Paul Chan, Debbie Grossman, Guillermo Gudiño, Sergei Isaenko, Lamia Joregie, Jason Lazarus, Sanaz Mazinani, Michael David Murphy, Possible Press, Joel Sternfeld

Panel Discussion: Traces of New Documentary Practices, Thursday, February 7, 5:30, Kopleff Recital Hall. RSVP suggested: shadowpuppetsatgsu.eventbrite.com

Traces of New Documentary Practices, moderated by the curators, Stephanie Dowda and Jill Frank, in conversation with exhibiting artist Daniel Bejar, along with James Elkins (E.C. Chadbourne Chair, Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Cinque Hicks (Atlanta Art Now) and Susan Richmond (Assistant Professor of Art History at Georgia State University). A central topic of discussion will address the intersection between art and document in recent lens-based media works. The panel is free and open to the public. A closing reception in the Welch School Galleries will follow the event.

Lecture: James Elkins, Friday, February 8, 2:30 p.m. Troy Moore Library, General Classroom Building, 9th Floor

James Elkins will give a public lecture on his current research called Empathy, Affect, Obsession, Boredom: Elements of Current Theorizing on the Beholder. Elkins is the E.C. Chadbourne Chair in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His writing focuses on the history and theory of images in art, science, and nature. Current projects include a series called Theories of Modernism and Postmodernism in the Visual Arts. His most recent book: What Photography Is, is written against Roland Barthes’ Camera Lucida. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Welch School Visiting Artists and Scholars program and GSU’s Center for Collaborative and International Arts.

Artists’ Talks: Jan. 14, 7 p.m. Several exhibiting artists will discuss their work and answer questions. Artists TBA.

Exhibition Closing Reception: Feb. 7, 7-9 p.m.
(Gallery hours for February 7 will be 10 a.m.-9 p.m. in support of the First Thursday Downtown ArtsWalk.)

Panel Discussion: Traces of New Documentary Practices. Thursday, February 7, 5:30-7 p.m., Kopleff Recital Hall

Lecture: James Elkins – Empathy, Affect, Obsession, Boredom: Elements of Current Theorizing on the Beholder. Friday, February 8, 2:30-4 p.m., Troy Moore Library, General Classroom Building, 9th Floor

GSU Welch School Galleries
10 Peachtree Center Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30303


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