Exhibitions Sequential Considerations
February 22-April 13, 2019 VSW Gallery
Visual Studies Workshop is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year by looking back at some of its significant themes and contributions. Expanding the practice and development of critical tools for understanding visual sequence is one such subject.
Sequential Considerations provides an overview of differing schools of thought with respect to visual sequence as a form of communication and expression. The exhibition takes its title from a 1975 lecture by VSW founder Nathan Lyons (1930-2016). Lyons saw photography and sequence on a historical continuum starting with pictographic writing and ideographs and how “we might be able to consider the potentials of a visually linguistic system.”
Opening Reception Friday February 22, 6-8pm; 6:30pm artist talk
Join us for a reception and artist talk by photographer and journalist Brenda Ann Kenneally on her book Upstate Girls: Unraveling Collar City featured in the exhibition and part of the 5th Annual SEGUE Graduate Symposium at The College at Brockport, SUNY.
Sequence Symposium Thursday March 21, 2019
in partnership with George Eastman Museum
2pm – Welcome and Introduction Tate Shaw, Director of VSW; Steven Arenius co-curator
2:15pm – A brief history of the study of photographic sequence, Dr. Anton Lee
2:45pm – A brief history of the study of sequence in comics, Dr. Daniel Worden
4:00pm – conversation between artist Doug Dubois and Tate Shaw about Dubois’ books
5:00pm – reception at VSW and move to George Eastman Museum (GEM)
- Diptych from Return Your Mind to its Upright Position, Nathan Lyons, 2014
- Upstate Girls: Unravelling Collar City, Brenda Ann Kenneally, 2018, Regan Arts
- The Blonde Woman, Aidan Koch, 2012, Space Face Books
- My Last Day at Seventeen, Doug Dubois, 2015, Aperture
- Stitches, Book 37, Keith Smith, 1974
- Dark Archives 1-41, Andre Bradley, 2015, Image Text Ithaca Press
- The Cage: A Visual Novel, Martin Vaughan-James, 1975, Coach House Press
- The Photographer: Into War-torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders, Emmanuel Guibert, 2009, First Second
- Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going, Why?, Dan Boardman and Aspen Mays, 2016, Conveyor Arts
Support for this exhibition came from Joy of Giving Something, Inc., the Max and Marian Farash Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts Visual Arts Program, and Monroe County.