Art History from Home: Working Together: The Photographers of the Kamoinge Workshop

Thurs, Dec 10, 2020, 12 pm, Online, via Zoom

Learn more about the photographers in the Kamoinge Workshop, a collective of Black photographers established in New York City in 1963, whose work is currently on view in the exhibition Working Together: The Photographers of the Kamoinge Workshop. Although each artist had his or her own sensibility and developed an independent career, the members of Kamoinge were deeply committed to photography’s power and status as an independent art form. They boldly and inventively depicted their communities as they saw and participated in them, rather than as they were often portrayed by the mainstream media. 

Ayanna Dozier is an artist, lecturer, curator, and Ph.D. candidate at McGill University. Her dissertation, Mnemonic Aberrations, examines the formal and narrative aesthetics in Black feminist experimental short films in the United Kingdom and the United States. She is the author of the 33 1/3 book on Janet Jackson’s The Velvet Rope. She is currently a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney and a lecturer in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University.

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A woman sitting in front of a doorway next to a building covered with posters.
Beuford Smith, Woman in Doorway, Harlem, 1965. Gelatin silver print: sheet, 7 1/2 × 9 9/16 in. (19.1 × 24.3 cm), image: 7 1/2 × 9 9/16 in. (19.1 × 24.3 cm), frame: 16 × 20 in. (40.6 × 50.8 cm). Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; National Endowment for the Arts Fund for American Art. © Beuford Smith

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