As the second discussion of a two-part roundtable, this panel examines the state of contemporary conceptual photography. Revisiting the theoretical and aesthetic concerns raised by the history of conceptual art, participants engage in a discussion on their practices and consider how artists contend with and challenge this legacy through photographic practice today. This event is held in conjunction with the Terra Foundation for American Art’s Chicago Art & Design Initiative (2018), and is a precursor to an exhibition on artist Kenneth Josephson’s impact on the development of conceptual photography–on view at the museum Spring 2018.
Guest speakers include Kenneth Josephson, Chicago-based photographer; Jessica Labatte, assistant professor of photography in the School of Art & Design at Northern Illinois University; Adam Schreiber, assistant professor in the department of Art, Media, and Design at DePaul University; Xaviera Simmons, Brooklyn-based artist; and Blake Stimson, professor of art history in the School of Art & Art History at University of Illinois at Chicago. Moderating the discussion is James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator Michael Darling.