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2020 SPE Annual Conference: Hosted by The University of Houston | Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts | School of Art

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Corralling Popular Imagery: 19th and 20th Century Visual Albums

David Freund

Friday, November 02 - 12:00PM to 12:45PM
Visual Studies Workshop

Like a photographer walking down a street and choosing from available possibilities for the frame, makers of 19th and early 20th century visual albums worked from imagery that advanced to their attention. These were found in such common materials as plants, hair, and fabric, but mostly in ephemeral, printed imagery. All of these funneled into their consciousness, were sifted, sorted, and recontextualized, emerging as a form of self-expression, of creation, through the process of selection and later reassembling.

Freund's presentation will explore and illustrate these ideas with images of pages from his collection of more than five hundred albums, examples of an underappreciated and underexamined art from the everyday.


David Freund
David Freund

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