Collier Schorr

Artist lecture Tuesday, October 29, 2013 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, San Francisco
Swedish Soldier (Poster), 1997-2001

American photographer Collier Schorr’s pictures are an experimentation in intimacy. Her enigmatic portraits – mostly of adolescents in the United States and Germany – conflate ideas of sexuality and desire, nationalism and history, identity and politics by blending stark realism with elements of fiction and youthful fantasy. Through her lens, high school and collegiate wrestlers homogenize into one emotional and physical type. Photographs of German youths dressed in German, Israeli, Weimer (Nazi) or American Vietnam-era military uniforms provoke intensely personal responses triggered by associations embedded in social and political histories. Often conceptually driven, Schorr has also used drawing, collage and performance to illustrate her emotional and critical perspective. Her monographs include Blumen (2009), There I Was (2009), Forest and Fields (2006), Jens F (2005) and Conquistadores (2003).

In addition to her practice as an artist, Schorr is an arts writer, contributing to publications such as Artforum, Frieze and Parkett. She has taught at Columbia University, School of Visual Arts and Sarah Lawrence College. In 2003, she was appointed to the Yale University faculty where she currently serves as a senior critic in photography.

One of the few photographers featured in the 2002 Whitney Biennial, Schorr’s work has been exhibited internationally, including a 2006 retrospective at Badischer Kunstverein, Germany and a solo exhibition at CoCA Kronika, Bytom, Poland in 2010. Her work is represented in collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Jewish Museum and Walker Art Center.


Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program

Pier 24 Photography is pleased to present the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program in collaboration with California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Each year, the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program brings six photographers, writers, and curators to San Francisco to offer free and open lectures, and to work one-on-one with students at California College of the Arts.


Larry Sultan Photography Award


Marco Breuer, Untitled (C-1189), 2012 [Detail]

Marco Breuer

Spring 2016 Residency
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

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Marco Breuer (b. Landshut, Germany) is well known for his radical approach to the photographic medium. Breuer employs nontraditional photographic techniques that do not rely on the use of a camera, aperture, or film, but instead utilize a combination of photogrammic, abrasive, and incisive techniques to make marks and capture images. His work is in numerous public collections at major institutions around the world and is widely exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. Currently residing in upstate New York, Breuer has lectured and taught extensively, and received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2006.