Cecil Stoughton, 1920-2008, born Oskaloosa, Iowa; died Merritt Island, Florida, Trying to Remember J.F.K, 1973, proof for cover of Esquire magazine, November 1973, offset lithograph, red, blue, and black marker, Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas, Gift of Esquire, Inc., 1980.0922.c.

Dan Wynn, 1920-1995, born Chicago, Illinois, Body and Soul: Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes, circa 1971, published in Esquire magazine, October 1971, gelatin silver print, Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas, Gift of Esquire, Inc., 1980.0862.

Photography and Meaning, Technology and the News Media

Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton, 1904-1980, born London, England; died Broad Chalke, England, Marilyn Monroe, 1956, gelatin silver print, Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas, Museum purchase, 1974.0132.

Helmut Newton, 1920-2004, born Berlin, Germany; died Los Angeles, California, Catherine Deneuve, Paris, 1976, gelatin silver print, Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas, Gift of Esquire, Inc., 1980.0356.

Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1908-2004, born Chanteloup, France; died Céreste, France, Trafalgar Square on the Day of George VI's Coronation, London, 1938, gelatin silver print, printed 1980, Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas, Museum purchase: Patrons and Benefactors Fund, 1980.0072.

 

Spencer Museum of Art
The University of Kansas
1301 Mississippi Street
785-864-4710
Lawrence

20/21 Gallery
Process Space & Conversation Wall
Media Memes:
Images, Technology & Making the News

August 15-December 19, 2010

Understanding how we make meaning from photography constitutes a key element of media literacy. Our perceptions of news, privacy, awareness, the past and the present are culturally and emotionally anchored in the visual reality that we perceive in photographs. A new exhibition in the 20/21 Gallery's Process Space and Conversation Wall seeks to generate conversations around questions of media literacy and how "media memes" or cultural ideas and categories of visual information are produced and transmitted over several generations.

Media Memes: Images, Technology & Making the News, on view through December 19, represents a collaboration between the Spencer and KU’s William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and seeks to raise additional questions regarding the ways in which technology contributes to our changing relationship with the news media. As the volume of imagery increases, how do we filter the truthful from the fraudulent, the important from the inane, the significant from the random? What message is being delivered and what is being received? What choices are made and who is responsible?

With photographic works drawn from the Spencer Museum's permanent collection Media Memes explores shifts in the creation and distribution of visual journalism and the impact of new technologies. Source credibility, content accuracy and story context remain significant concerns as technology alters every aspect of mass media production and consumption. A significant feature of the exhibition includes a hands-on participatory opportunity in which visitors can use Apple iMacs and iPads to engage with and consider the ways that new technologies shape image capture, selection, and distribution.

Media Memes was curated by Michael Williams (Associate Professor of Interactive Media, School of Journalism) with assistance from Luke Jordan (Adjunct Lecturer of Photography, Department of Design and Visiting Lecturer, Spencer Museum of Art) and Celka Straughn (Andrew W. Mellon Director of Academic Programs, Spencer Museum of Art). Spencer Museum of Art.

Manuel Alvarez Bravo, 1902-2002, born Mexico City, Mexico; died Mexico City, Mexico, Angel of the Quake, 1957, gelatin silver print, Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas, Gift of Albert B. Cohen, 1981.0167.

Roger Fenton, 1819-1869, born Heywood, England; died London, England, Lieut. Col. Hallewell, His Day's Work Over, 1855-1856, salted paper print, Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas, Museum purchase, 1979.0107.

Larry Burrows, 1926-1971, born London, England; Laos Patrol near the DMZ, 1966, dye transfer print, printed 1985, Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas, Museum purchase: Russell Burrows, 1985.0148.

 

Weegee, 1899-1968, born Zloczew, Austria-Hungary (present-day Poland); died New York, New York, Crying Landlord, New York Apartment House Fire, circa 1940, gelatin silver print, Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas, Museum purchase: Peter T. Bohan Art Acquisition Fund, 1985.0076.