April 13th, 6:00 – 7:00pm

Free with Museum Admission

Museum admission free for SU Students and Faculty for this event. ID must be presented at the front desk for entry.

Join us for a lecture with Deborah Willis In honor of current exhibition 50th Anniversary: Selections from Light Work Collection.

Deborah Willis, Ph.D, is University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and has affiliated appointments with the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Social & Cultural and the Institute of Fine Arts where she teaches courses on Photography & Imaging, iconicity, and cultural histories visualizing the black body, women, and gender. She is also the director of NYU’s Center for Black Visual Culture/Institute for African American Affairs. Her research examines photography’s multifaceted histories, visual culture, contemporary women photographers and beauty. Willis was an artist-in-residence at Light Work in 1990 and since has taken part in various Light Work group exhibitions and publications.

Before the special keynote lecture by Dr. Deborah Willis, Light Work will receive a proclamation from New York State Representative Senator Rachel May. Nodesia Hernandez, the Director of Community Outreach in the 53rd District’s Senate Office, will present the Proclamation. Issued by the Office of Senator Rachel May, the proclamation recognitions Light Work’s unwavering support of emerging and under-represented artists working in the media of photography and digital imaging since its inception fifty years ago. As the Proclamation outlines, Light Work contributes significantly to the region's arts, culture, and vitality by championing lens-based artists through residencies, publications, exhibitions, a community-access digital lab facility, curator-led tours, artist talks, and educational opportunities.

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