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Photographic Illiteracy: Re-Reading Alexander Rodchenko’s Photo-Stills

May 24, 2019 @ 10:00 am - May 24, 2019 @ 11:30 am

Join us in welcoming guest lecturer Dr. Katherine M.H. Reischl for an exploration of works by Russian artist Alexander Rodchenko from MOPA’s permanent collection.

In 1928 the Soviet photographer Alexander Rodchenko was publicly accused of plagiarizing the work of western photographers. In his heated response, the one-time professor rebuked his critics by claiming that they were photographically “illiterate” and, in the course of several short articles, proceeded to show them how to see and read photographic space. In this talk, Prof. Katherine Reischl will ask what we have to learn from Rodchenko’s 1928 lessons for reading photographs as we assess highlights from MOPA’s collection.

Dr. Reischl, Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature at Princeton University, will highlight key works by Rodchenko and detail the impact the artist had on the medium of photography and the wider visual arts during the 20th century.

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Event Details

Start:   May 24, 2019
Time:   10:00 am - 11:30 am
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Welcome to the Museum of Photographic Arts at The San Diego Museum of Art!

As of July 1, 2023, the Museum of Photographic Arts and The San Diego Museum of Art have merged to become one unified institution. The Museum of Photographic Arts is now the Museum of Photographic Arts at The San Diego Museum of Art (MOPA@SDMA).

MOPA@SDMA remains a pay-what-you wish museum open Thursdays through Sundays 11:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.

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