Feb 02, 9:00 AM–3:00 PM
John L. Santikos Auditorium
$25 students | $50 members | $75 non-members
Lunch included | Space is limited.
Inspired by the upcoming special exhibition Capturing the Moment, the 2019 Mays Symposium will bring together scholars and artists to speak on the history and power of photography as a means of evoking universal emotions and telling transformative stories.
Lunch will be provided by Jason Dady Catering and include a sandwich and salad option as well as iced tea, chips, pasta salad, and a chocolate chip cookie.
9:00–9:30 Check-in, coffee
9:30–9:45 Opening Remarks
9:45–10:45 Speaker 1: Cynthia Young
10:45–11:45 Speaker 2: Nathalie Herschdorfer
11:45–1:15 Lunch Break
1:30–2:30 Speaker 3: Jacqueline Bates
2:30 Closing remarks
3:00 Symposium ends
Photography Director, The California Sunday Magazine
The Way Home
The California Sunday Magazine’s first all-photography issue poses the question: “Where do you feel most at home?” In a year when migrant children have been sent to live in a tent city, San Francisco apartment rents averaged $3,750, and wildfires destroyed entire communities, the question of how people find and define “home” has never felt more urgent. For this special issue, thirty-four emerging and established photographers—including Erica Deeman, Gregory Halpern, Jim Goldberg, Katy Grannan, Texas Isaiah, Pixy Liao, Ricardo Nagaoka, and Ahndraya Parlato—traveled the American West to capture stories about home. Bates’s talk will explore photography as its own form of nonfiction storytelling and how these photographers depict the varied meanings of “home” for their subjects. She will also share behind-the-scenes experience of putting together a magazine issue told entirely through photographs.
About the Speaker
Jacqueline Bates is Photography Director of The California Sunday Magazine, which won the National Magazine Award for excellence in photography two years in a row, in 2016 and 2017, and Pop-Up Magazine. Previously, she was Senior Photo Editor of W Magazine and worked in the photo departments of ELLE, Interview, and Wired. Bates holds an MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts, and her work has been exhibited internationally.
Director Museum of Fine Arts, Le Locle, Switzerland
Fashion Photography, 100 Years of History:
From the Page to the Wall, to the Screen
One hundred years ago, elegance and purity were Vogue magazine’s watchwords. Mr. Condé Nast, publisher of Vogue and Vanity Fair, invited important photographers such as Edward Steichen to work for him, recognizing that images were the key to success, educating the tastes of the public, and defining the identity and style of the modern woman. Herschdorfer will examine how fashion photography has sprung from the pages of the twentieth-century magazine to museum exhibitions, galleries and auction houses, book publishing, and digital media, changing the way photography is reported, consumed, and shared. With the explosion of street-style blogs and social media, fashion photography has transcended its original context to become art’s rising star, going far beyond fashion to reflect on the spirit, dreams, and realities of society.
About the Speaker
Nathalie Herschdorfer is a curator and art historian specializing in the history of photography. She is Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Le Locle, Switzerland, where she has organized many important photography shows for the last five years, featuring Alex Prager, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Vik Muniz, Todd Hido, Garry Winogrand, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. She also works as a curator with the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, focusing on projects dedicated to fashion photography. Her books include Afterwards: Contemporary Photography Confronting the Past; reGeneration: Tomorrow’s Photographers Today: The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Photography; and Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast. Her newest book, Body, will be published in March 2019.
Curator, Robert Capa Archive at the International Center of Photography, New York, New York
The Mexican Suitcase Revealed
Young will present some of the exciting discoveries gleaned from the so-called “Mexican Suitcase,” a cache of negatives from the Spanish Civil War by famed photojournalists Robert Capa, Chim, and Gerda Taro. Thought to be lost since 1939, the negatives were rediscovered in Mexico almost 70 years later and are now at New York’s International Center of Photography. The process of identifying the images enabled fascinating study of the three photographers and how they approached their subject and the medium. Most poignantly, many individuals have identified themselves or family members in the negatives, layering personal narratives on these images of an international civil war.
About the Speaker
Cynthia Young is the Curator of the Robert Capa Archive at the International Center of Photography, where she has worked since 2000. She has curated numerous exhibits for ICP, including Capa in Color, currently touring Spain with La CaixaForum; and We Went Back: Photographs from Europe 1933-1956 by Chim, which is now at the Jewish Museum in Amsterdam in October of this year. The Mexican Suitcase: The Rediscovered Negatives of Capa, Chim and Taro first opened at ICP in 2010, and has since been shown in France, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Hungary and Sweden. She edited and authored publications related to these exhibitions, as well as for Ralph Eugene Meatyard and Unknown Weegee. Young received a BA in Art History at Vassar College and an MFA from the Visual Studies Workshop with Nathan Lyons.
This is the twenty-second in an annual series of fine and decorative arts symposia underwritten by the Mays Family Foundation.
The Mays Symposium is an annual arts symposium sponsored by the Mays Family Foundation.
Danny Lyon (American, born 1942)
Sheriff Jim Clark arrests two SNCC voter registration workers on the steps of the federal building,
Selma, Alabama, 1963, printed later
Gelatin silver print, h. 11 in. (27.9 cm); w. 14 in. (35.6 cm)
San Antonio Museum of Art, gift of Ernest Pomerantz and Marie Brenner, 2017.25.42
© Danny Lyon / Magnum Photos