Photographer Joanne Leonard to speak at BGSU

BOWLING GREEN, O.—Groundbreaking photographer Joanne Leonard will share her life experiences and work this week in a talk at Bowling Green State University called “Being in Pictures: Intimacy, Photography, Memory.”

Leonard will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 11) in 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Before and after her talk, which is free and open to the public, she will sign copies of her book, “Being in Pictures: An Intimate Photo Memoir” (University of Michigan Press, 2008), which contains autobiographical photographs and photo collages informed by her experiences as feminist artist, academic, single mom, identical twin and daughter of an Alzheimer's patient.

Leonard is the Diane M. Kirkpatrick and Griselda Pollock Distinguished University Professor in the School of Art and Design and of Women's Studies at the University of Michigan. She is the first speaker in BGSU’s Institute for the Study of Culture and Society 2009 Lecture Series, themed “Intimate Publics.”

"Through my work as an artist, I've discovered that the realms of the personal and the public are rarely as separate as I once imagined,” says Leonard. In her art, she explores wide-ranging themes such as women’s reproductive lives, Hollywood myth-making, aging and twins.

Beginning with her earliest work as a young artist in the 1960s San Francisco Bay Area art scene, Leonard’s revealing photographic images and collages reflect a number of tensions: between identity and memory, publicity and privacy, fantasy and reality. Her work is also concerned with feminist perspectives and images predominant in the media.

Leonard’s work has been exhibited at venues such as San Francisco's De Young Museum, the Pasadena (now Norton Simon) Museum, Cornell University's Herbert F. Johnson Museum and the Whitney Downtown-Manhattan. Her work is also represented in collections of the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, the Detroit Institute of Art and the American Arts Documentation Centre at the University of Exeter, England, and has been featured in several books.

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(Posted February 09, 2009 )