TALKING PICTURES: A Conversation at The Met – Dec. 2, 2017

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A Conversation at The Met with Curator Mia Fineman and
Artists, Manjari Sharma & Irina Rozovsky
Join us for an afternoon of exploring the creative confluence that is represented within the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s show, Talking Pictures: Camera-Phone Conversations Between Artists. Taking a sample section of the 12 pairs of commissioned artists which make up this exhibit, we will look specifically at the pairing of Manjari Sharma and Irina Rozovsky and their photographic dialogue.
Leading the conversation will be Mia Fineman, the curator of the show.  In her quest for the frontline edges of photographic communication, Ms. Fineman’s intrigue about the camera phone’s impact on photographyinspired her to have The Met take a leap of faith into the lesser known terrain of such a commissioned exhibit – where the end result was a total unknown.Each of the three presenters will have an opportunity to share their part of this collective experience as we gain an understanding of the creative context for each of their contributions to the show. We will then move into an active conversation about their mutual collaboration.  Please join us for this exploration of meaning, photographic language, personal expression, cultural immediacy, and beyond.(PLEASE NOTE:  Your admission for the event also covers access to The Met.  We invite you to come early to see the Talking Pictures exhibit before the event as well as stay afterwards to observe it again or explore other treasures The Met has to offer.)
Excerpt from the NY Times review of Talking Pictures
highlighting Manjari Sharma & Irina Rozovsky:

“Some of the best conversations are carefully structured from the start. Most classically cameracentric is that between the photographers Manjari Sharma and her invitee, Irina Rozovsky…. Their collaboration has an unusual poetic and visual logic and a diptychlike orderliness. Also an unexpected depth: Both artists were pregnant, their babies due three weeks apart. They record their swelling bellies and, toward the end, we see Ms. Sharma’s placenta. Ms. Rozovsky’s final comment shows two orbs — a giant close-up of her right eye nearly touching the head of her sleeping infant — and has an intensity worthy of Odilon Redon or Philip Guston. Ms. Sharma counters with gritty reality: We see her in the delivery room, cradling her newborn, weeping.”


Mia Fineman is Associate Curator in the Department of Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Since joining The Met in 1997, she has organized numerous exhibitions, including On Photography: A Tribute to Susan Sontag (2006), Faking It: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop (2012), and most recently Talking Pictures: Camera-Phone Conversations Between Artists (2017) and Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs (2017). She has published essays on artists including Walker Evans, Richard Avedon, and Gabriel Orozco, and has written on art and culture for the New York Times, Slate, and McSweeney’s.
Manjari Sharma (Indian, born 1979) is photo based artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Through her work Manjari addresses issues of identity, multiculturalism, and personal mythology. Prior to her newest works being on display in Talking Pictures, currently at The Met, Manjari’s recent series Darshan, a photographic reimagining of Hindu deities, has garnered her wide critical acclaim and is currently on view at the Kunstmuseum Moritzburg Halle (Saale), Germany. Darshan is slated to travel to various museums and venues until 2020. Manjari has been recognized, awarded and published for her talent worldwide. Selected press on Manjari’s work includes New York Times, Forbes, CNN, Los Angeles Times, Wired, NPR, Time, and The Times of India to name a few. The School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Rubin Museum of Art, Asia Society, Mass Art and The School of Visual Arts are amongst a few places that Manjari has been invited to guest lecture and critique.  Manjari is represented in New York City by Clamp Art gallery and Richard Levy Gallery based in New Mexico.  See more on Manjari Sharma
Irina Rozovsky was born in Moscow and grew up in the US. Her photography has been exhibited and published internationally, including solo shows at the Southeast Museum of Photography, Breda International Photography Festival, Noorderlicht Photo Festival, and others. Her first monograph One to Nothing was published in 2011 and her second monograph Island in my Mind, winner of Kassel Photobook Festival’s Dummy Award, was published in 2015. She has been commissioned to photograph for The New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Fader, Time, and Le Monde. Irina is Assistant Professor of Photography at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.  See more on Irina Rozovsky
DATE:  December 2nd, 2017
TIME:  11am - You are invited to arrive early to walk through the Talking Pictures exhibit prior to the event.
Noon-2pm - Event


Enter The Met Through the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
Fifth Avenue at 81st Street - Lower Entrance
212-535-7710ASMP Members(& full-time students w/ID’s):  $5.00
:  $10.00


We want to thank our generous friends at The Met
for their key part in making this program possible!

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