Please join GRAY for a zoom webinar featuring art historian Shelley Rice speaking on Rashid Johnson’s pivotal Seeing in the Dark photography series. Rice will discuss Johnson’s use of antiquated nineteenth-century photographic processes to create striking, painterly and dignified portraits of Chicago’s homeless, as well as the series’ historical and conceptual context.
Shelley Rice is an Arts Professor at New York University, with a joint appointment between the Photography and Imaging Department, the Art History Department and the Institute of Fine Arts. She is the author of Parisian Views, the editor of Inverted Odysseys: Claude Cahun, Maya Deren, Cindy Sherman and the co-author of numerous books and catalogs. Her essays have appeared in many publications, for instance Art in America, Artforum, The Art Newspaper, Bookforum, Aperture, Tate Papers, French Studies and Etudes Photographiques. Rice is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Fulbright Grants (to France and Turkey), National Endowment for the Humanities and the Arts Awards, a Hasselblad Research Fellowship and the PEN/Jerard Award for Non-Fiction Essay. In 2010 she was named a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters in France, and in 2015 she was awarded the David Payne Carter Award for Teaching Excellence from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.