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The most common kind of photograph is the portrait. Wresting the means of representation from the hands of sculptors and painters, photography offers ordinary people the hope of recording and capturing themselves “as they really are.” Yet, if the photographic portrait makes self-representation possible on a mass scale, it also holds obvious appeal to state and private authorities seeking to register, differentiate, and control subject populations.
Today, the photographic portrait is a major driver of social media exchange—a nexus at which the private, public, and corporate commingle in ways destabilizing to notions of art, authenticity, sociality, and conformity. What explains the enduring power, popularity, and mystique of portrait photography? How, and can, we differentiate the mundane portrait from the artistic? How has portrait photography been a driver of mass culture, expression, and indeed liberation, as well as a support to bureaucratic systems of control? How can we understand the photographic portrait—its history, present, and possible futures?
In this course, we will travel through 19th-century battlefields and early celebrity culture, dingy New York City apartments and influencer Instagram feeds, as we explore how photographic portraits are active participants in changing political forces and the dynamics of public discourse. Examining the works of Julia Margaret Cameron, Matthew Brady, Walker Evans, Henri Cartier Bresson, Robert Capa, Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz, Nan Goldin, and many more, we will consider how photographic portraits do more than allow individuals to capture and own the faces of themselves and others.
We will ask: how, through portraiture, has the human face become both a subject of knowledge and an active space for expressing a potential self? How has it transformed how we understand and envision the world? What, indeed, counts as a portrait? Readings will include works by Jean-Luc Nancy, Susan Sontag, Georges Didi-Huberman, and Laura Mulvey, among others.
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The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research was established in 2011 in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Its mission is to extend liberal arts education and research far beyond the borders of the traditional university, supporting community education needs and opening up new possibilities for scholarship in the...
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An introduction to the Internet, including getting connected, using a web browser, and navigating web pages. Learn how to find information online using search engines and subject directories. You will receive an email 2 hours prior to the start of the class with the link to join the virtual class. Skill prerequisites: Computer Basics &n...
Wednesday May 25th, 4pm - 5pm Eastern Time
Journey to the ancient tropics, now located in frigid Greenland, through beautifully depicted paintings based on years of scientific research. A paleobotanist and scientific illustrator will bring this research to life detailing a 200-million-year-old ecosystem, when global temperatures soared, providing insight into environmental responses and the...
Wednesday May 25th, 7:15pm - 8:30pm Central Time
at The Jewish Museum -
Join us for an online workshop exploring the work of Marc Chagall, renowned artist and subject of several previous exhibitions at the Jewish Museum. Hear from Bella Meyer, art historian, founder and creative director of fleursBELLA, and granddaughter of the artist, as she shares personal stories about Chagall and discusses how his work inspired her...
Thursday May 26th, 5pm - 7pm Eastern Time
Racial Capitalism: Race, Class, and the Black Radical Tradition “Racial capitalism” is a concept that has become central to contemporary radical movements, from Black Lives Matter to the prison abolition movement to movements against state violence and for climate justice. The concept was first developed by Cedric Robinson in his monumental Black...
Monday Jun 6th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time(4 sessions)
Traditional economic thinking posits a frictionless universe of rational actors, profit-pursuing firms, and the harmonious equilibrium of supply and demand. What’s lost in this sanitized picture of economy is any recognition of the hierarchies that not only shape economic behavior and opportunity, but also, at the root, make capitalist economy exploitative...
Monday Jun 6th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time(4 sessions)
at brunchwork -
Explore health tech, operations, and leadership with Tumpus Chief Operating Officer Ryan Fukushima. Speaker Name: Ryan Fukushima Position: Tempus Chief Operating Officer Ryan Fukushima currently serves as Chief Operating Officer at Tempus. As Tempus' first employee, Mr. Fukushima shaped Tempus into one of the fastest growing companies in the precision...
Wednesday Jun 8th, 12pm - 1pm Eastern Time
Existing alongside the so-called formal economy—of employment, production, ownership, and sale within a recognized legal regime—is a shadowy realm of economic activity that takes place “out of sight,” “off the books,” and without ordinary social and political sanction. The informal economy employs legions of street vendors, domestic workers,...
Thursday Jun 9th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time(4 sessions)
Theodore Seuss Geisel, known to most as Dr. Seuss, is one of the most recognizable author-illustrators of children’s literature of the 20th century. His wobbly towers of preposterous composition, his trademark gibberish, puns and tongue twisters, and the endless list of invented places, peoples, instruments, and alphabets were the accompaniments...
Thursday Jun 9th, 7pm - 10pm Eastern Time(4 sessions)
Do we live in an “Age of Narcissism,” or has vanity been with us always? Is narcissism necessarily pathological, or is it a structural feature of human subjectivity in general? Is narcissism a diagnostic concept, a moral problem, or a little bit of both at once? Are we all “narcissists”—or is it just you? In this course, we’ll consider...
Sunday Jun 12th, 2pm - 5pm Eastern Time(4 sessions)
This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions. Join ecologist Michael Gaige as he demonstrates how to identify old and ancient trees, both in Eastern woodlands and across the globe. He will discuss the factors that allow them to grow for centuries and illustrate how the advanced age, texture, and structure...
Wednesday Jun 15th, 6pm - 8pm Eastern Time
This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions. Staten Island's Freshkills Park hosts an expansive native grassland habitat atop what was once the world's largest landfill. Discover what researchers are finding as they study the return of wildlife to this human-engineered ecosystem, including several birds...
Wednesday Jun 22nd, 6pm - 8pm Eastern Time
This class will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions. Learn how to identify this unique order of insects as they take to the skies in early summer. Study their biology, behavior, habitat associations, and conservation efforts currently underway.
Monday Jul 11th, 6pm - 8pm Eastern Time(3 sessions)
at General Assembly -
Understanding how people interact with a product and factors that influence their decision-making process is integral to User Experience Design. This makes psychology a relevant and very helpful background to have for UX Designers. In this class we'll discuss why considering 'how we think' is such an important part of the design process. The class...
Wednesday Jul 13th, 5am - 7am Eastern Time
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