SHELLEY RICE ON RASHID JOHNSON'S SEEING IN THE DARK
Friday, October 9, 2020
In a virtual lecture, art historian and professor Shelley Rice examines Rashid Johnson’s photography series, Seeing in the Dark.
On the occasion of Frieze Masters, Rice contributed an in-depth essay reflecting on the the early series and its relationship to Johnson’s larger practice. In this virtual lecture, Rice expands on her essay and further discusses and reviews Johnson’s use of antiquated nineteenth-century photographic processes to create striking, painterly and dignified portraits of Chicago’s homeless, as well as addresses 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.
To access Rashid Johnson: Seeing in the Dark, and read Shelley Rice's full essay on the work, visit Gray Viewing Rooms.