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Whitney Hubbs: Gender, Gaze, and the Photographic Canon

Thu, January 31st, 2019
2:00 pm
- 3:30 pm

Whitney Hubbs will give a lecture and lead discussion about her work as a photographer focused on investigating how the photographic canon leaves women out and privileges the male gaze. She grew up enjoying the works of Weston and Man Ray, just to name a few of the male artists who unapologetically explore the female form. In Hubbs’s own words: “I wanted to pose for these photographers. I’ve fantasized about it, performing for them, and so I photographed myself, and that didn’t satisfy me. I wanted to be the observer, the controller, the framer, the looker, the photographer.” Hubbs’s work with the female form redefines a medium and makes the viewer question who controls the image of the woman. How does the male form play out in photographs of women? How can pictures visualize a conceptual idea of the known presence calling of a past?

Williams students are free with valid ID; no reservations required. The general public is also welcome to attend, but reservations are required. Limited space available; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

This event is presented by Ephs at the Clark, a student organization that aims to connect students to the Clark Art Institute through student-led programs and opportunities that offer enriching experiences in the visual arts. Her visit is underwritten by the Clark and Claiming Williams Day.

Student vans to The Clark will leave from Park St. behind the Paresky Center at 1:30 P.M.. The vans will also transport students back to campus after the event.

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