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CANCELLED The Hugh Edwards Lecture: Lorna Simpson

April 20, 2016
5:15PM7:30PM
Rubloff Auditorium—Please use the Columbus Drive entrance.
Free; registration required

Please note that this event has been CANCELLED


Hugh Edwards Memorial Lecture
The second annual Hugh Edwards Lecture in Photography, given by Lorna Simpson, honors the memory of Hugh Edwards, associate curator of photographs from 1958-1970.  A tribute to Edwards’ tremendous dedication and achievements during his time at the Art Institute, this annual lecture has been established to bring internationally renowned practitioners of our time to as broad an audience as possible. The lecture is open to the public and free.

Lorna Simpson
For nearly forty years, artist Lorna Simpson has been poetically asking questions about memory and representation in American culture. Deeply attracted to photography, Simpson began making documentary camera images around 1980, then progressed at the end of that decade to a series of quickly acclaimed photo-language pieces that deflated cultural stereotypes through punning phrases and pictured refusals—including the trope of turning her back on the viewer. Alternating between singular video projects and the serial production of photographs, collages, drawings, and paintings, Simpson has principally mined the black American vernacular found in songs and photography. Her work has most recently been on view in All the World’s Futures, curated by Okwui Enwezor at the 2015 Venice Biennale, and in a 2013 traveling survey exhibition that originated with the Jeu de Paume, Paris.

An installation of Simpson’s film Corridor (2003) will be on view in the exhibition Nothing Personal in the Modern Wing's Bucksbaum Gallery (188) through May 1.

5:15 p.m.
Doors open
Columbus Drive entrance

5:30 p.m.
Public lecture
Rubloff Auditorium

A public reception with the artist in Griffin Court immediately follows the lecture.
Guests are invited to view Simpson's film Corridor (2003), featured in the exhibition Nothing Personal.

The Hugh Edwards Lecture in Photography is supported by an endowment from the Crossed Purposes Foundation. The reception is generously hosted by Anita Blanchard and Martin Nesbitt and the Photography Associates. 

Lorna Simpson. Suit, 1992. Gift of Society for Contemporary Art. © Lorna Simpson. Courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, New York.