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Sylvia Wolf

"The Digital Eye: Photographic Art in the Electronic Age"
Friday, May 11, 2012 - 1:00am
media Theater (M110), Theater Arts Center (UCSC)
Presented by: 
Arts Division

Sylvia Wolf, Director of the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington author of The Digital Eye: Photographic Art in the Electronic Age

This presentation is part of the series of free public lectures in the 2012 Arts Dean's Lecture Series entitled "Reshaping the Museum: Creating New Knowledge, Engaging the Mind" (part of the course HAVC/ART 007: "Issues in the Arts," taught by Associate Professor and Patricia & Rowland Rebele Chair in History of Art and Visual Culture, Elisabeth Cameron).  Arts Dean David Yager has selected the speakers, all noted for their unique ability to bridge museum practices and for creating new knowledge within their professional career paths. The public is cordially invited. Admission is free. (Parking $3.) 


Sponsored by the UCSC Division of the Arts and the UCSC Art Department and History of Art and Visual Culture Department.


All eight lectures in the series are on Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m. through May 31 in the Media Theater. (The Media Theater is the lecture hall located next to the traffic circle in front of the Mainstage Theater at UCSC.)


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Sylvia Wolf joined The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, as Director in April, 2008. She previously served the Whitney Museum of American Art as endowed chair and head of the department of photography from 1999 to 2004, and as adjunct curator from 2004 to 2008. Wolf came to the Whitney in 1999 from The Art Institute of Chicago, where she organized over 25 photography exhibitions during her twelve-year tenure. She is the author of over twelve books on contemporary art and photography, including The Digital Eye: Photographic Art in the Digital Age (2010); Polaroids: Mapplethorpe (2007); Ed Ruscha and Photography (2004); Visions from America: Photographs from the Whitney Museum of American Art 1940-2001 (2002); Michal Rovner: The Space Between (2002); Julia Margaret Cameron’s Women (1998); and Dieter Appelt (1994). As an educator, Wolf has taught studio, art history, and museum studies courses at the graduate and undergraduate level for over fifteen years. Most recently, she has served as professor in the MA program for Curatorial Studies at Columbia University, as adjunct professor in art history at New York University’s Tisch School of Art, and as visiting professor at the School of Visual Arts, New York.  Wolf received a BA in French literature from Northwestern University, an MFA in photography from Rhode Island School of Design, and is currently writing her dissertation as an international fellow at the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. She has been awarded the French government’s Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.