Laura Wexler

Artist lecture Thursday, March 19, 2015 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, San Francisco

Laura Wexler is professor of American Studies, professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and co-chair of the Women’s Faculty Forum at Yale University. Her scholarship primarily centers on the intersection of race, gender, sexuality and class in film and photography from the nineteenth century to the present-day in the United States. She teaches courses such as The History of Photography, Visuality and Violence, Photography, History and Memory, Gender & Sexuality in Media & Popular Culture and Digital Humanities. Professor Wexler has authored numerous books on these subjects, including Tender Violence: Domestic Visions in an Age of U. S. Imperialism (University of North Carolina Press, 2000) and Pregnant Pictures (Routledge, 2000), co–authored with photographer Sandra Matthews. Most recently, she contributed to A New Literary History of America (Harvard University Press, 2009).

Professor Wexler completed her undergraduate studies at Sarah Lawrence College, having also attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she studied photography. She holds M.A., M. Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University in English and Comparative Literature. In addition to Yale University, she has taught at institutions including Columbia University, Amherst College, Trinity College, Wesleyan University and Peking University.

Wexler is now at work on a monograph about race and American visual culture, The Awakening of Cultural Memory: Heritage Fiction and Photographic Truth, and a collection of essays, The Look, The Gaze and the Relay Race: Photography and Everyday Memory.  Here she explores of the work of Diane Arbus, Roman Vishniac, and Randolf Linsly Simpson, among others.


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


Awoiska van der Molen, #256-17, 2009

Awoiska van der Molen

Fall 2017 Residency
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

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The work of Awoiska van der Molen (b. 1972, Netherlands) develops from a desire to comprehend the core of the isolated world she photographs. In order to achieve the sense of solitude necessary to gain access to the stoic nature of the landscape, she spends long periods of time isolated in the natural environment. She takes time to experience the landscape and penetrates deep into the essence of the remote, hushed world created in her photographs. She immerses herself in the landscape, moves slowly, returns repeatedly and by doing so makes these unknown places her own. This gradual and solitary working process continues into the darkroom where her pictures are printed by hand—an intimate process—further imparting a unique stillness that emanates from her work.