The Influence of the New West
Confounding Expectations: Photography in Context
Originally published in 1974, Robert Adams‘s The New West signaled a significant shift in photographic representation of the American landscape. Adams focused on the construction of tract and mobile homes, subdivisions, and urban sprawl in the Denver area, where he lived at the time. The impact of this body of work, as well as ongoing issues related to our not-so-delicate relationship with the Western landscape, will be the subject of a panel discussion moderated by Michelle Dunn Marsh, deputy director of Aperture Foundation. Panelists will include Joshua Chuang of the Yale University Art Gallery, who is currently working with Robert Adams on his 2010 retrospective exhibition; acclaimed landscape photographer Mark Klett; and Shane Coen, principal and founder of Coen + Partners, a nationally renowned landscape architecture practice.
The evening’s conversation will kick off with a video excerpt from the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary series on contemporary art, Art:21–Art in the Twenty-First Century, featuring Robert Adams speaking about the making of The New West.
The New School
66 West 12th Street
New York, New York
Free and open to the public.