Art 101—Objects of Desire: Photography and the Language of Advertising

Art 101—Objects of Desire: Photography and the Language of Advertising


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Tue, 09/13/2022 – 10:39

Join us for an exclusive members-only lecture on Objects of Desire: Photography and the Language of Advertising with Rebecca Morse, Curator, The Wallis Annenberg Photography Department.

This exhibition traces the artistic manipulation of advertising, the most powerful, mainstream visual language. Since the 1970s, creative innovations led to dramatic shifts in the possibilities for photography as artistic expression, as photo-based artists reworked advertising strategies to challenge the increased commodification of daily life, and later to appropriate the command these images have over the viewer/consumer. By exploiting advertising’s visual vocabulary and adopting its sites and formats, and through re-photography, appropriation, and simulation, artists create a shared photographic language that puts the onus on the viewer to determine what exactly these pictures are asking of us.

Guests will have an opportunity to participate during the conversation’s question and answer period via Zoom’s Q&A function.

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Art 101—Objects of Desire
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LACMA members and invited guests only. Invitations sent via email.

This event will take place online via Zoom.

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Art 101—Objects of Desire
Thu, 10/13/2022 – 19:00
-Thu, 10/13/2022 – 20:00
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Tue, 10/22/2019 – 10:07
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Image Credit: Image from Toiletpaper (December 2012), courtesy of the artists and LACMA Balch Art Research Library, © Toiletpaper magazine (Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari), photo courtesy of Toiletpaper


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