“Bride” and “Groom,” self-portraits by Rafael Goldchain.
SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2007
7 East 10th Street
New York University
Presented by the Working Group on Jews, Media, and Religion, Center for Religion and Media, New York University.
The social practices of photography embrace a wide array of activities: the social contract, if often implicit, entailed in the act of taking (and forbidding) photographs; the materiality of photographs, expressed in how they are displayed as well as how they are incorporated into works of visual art from multi-media installations to documentary films, in addition to their being printed on all manner of things, including mugs, t-shirts, cakes, and even prayer shawls; the relationship of photographs and language, including captions, keywords, narratives, and criticism; the processes of collecting, inventorying, and displaying photographs, both by professional archives and museums and by private individuals and families; various memory practices involving photography, assigning them an “afterlife” of some kind through remediation and conversation. We view all these practices as fertile ground for exploring technology’s place in spiritual engagement.
We plan to continue the discussion of this rich field of inquiry during the 2007-2008 academic year. Today we are especially grateful to our presenters and discussants for inaugurating this inquiry with their probing work and insightful reflections.
Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, New York University
Jeffrey Shandler, Rutgers University
Note: This colloquium coincides with the exhibition And I Still See Their Faces: The Vanished World of Polish Jews, a program of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, North American Council, and The Florence & Chafetz Hillel House at Boston University, at the Yeshiva University Museum, 15 West 16th Street.
9:00-9:30 AM: Coffee and welcome Faye Ginsburg and Angela Zito, Co-directors, Center for Religion and Media
Introduction by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett and Jeffrey Shandler, Co-conveners, Working Group on Jews, Media, and Religion: “Beyond the Image: Photography as a Jewish Social Practice”
10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Presentation by Maya Benton: “Shuttered Memories of a Vanishing World: The Deliberate Photography of Roman Vishniac”
Chair: Olga Gershenson
Panelists: Max Kozloff, Sadia Shepard, David Shneer, Wendy Steiner, Leah Strigler, Aviva Weintraub, Carol Zemel
12:00-1:00 PM: Lunch break
Presentation by Maya Balakirsky-Katz: “The Life and Afterlife of Rebbe Portraits in Habad Visual Culture, 1798–2006”
Chair: Henry Goldschmidt
Panelists: Sam Heilman, Jenna Weissman Joselit, Vivian Mann, Patricia Spyer, Angela Zito
3:00-3:30 PM: Coffee break
Presentation by Rafael Goldchain: “Familial Ground,” an autobiographical photographic installation
Chair: Andrew Ingall
Panelists: Jonathan Boyarin, Susan Chevlowe, Faye Ginsburg, Marianne Hirsch, Shelley Hornstein, Laura Levitt
Jenna Weissman Joselit
Vivian B. Mann