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Mary Goodwin: "Minor White and the Silence of Seeing: Concentration and Significance"

Friday, March 08 - 2:00PM to 2:45PM
Red Lacquer

A founding member of SPE in 1962, Minor White was an unorthodox teacher. He advocated developing the significance of the framed image through mental and visual concentration exercises. In San Francisco and Rochester, Minor White conceived of photography as a sacred art. In MIT's Creative Photography class, seeing photographically became a practice embedded in multiple contexts of everyday life. White introduced meditations whereby the body was danced and posed in relation to the visual world. I propose to examine White's pedagogical performances in the context of other performance artists of midcentury, in order to demonstrate White's centrality to the tradition of the dematerialized art object in the twentieth century.


Mary Goodwin
Mary Goodwin

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