Retracing America: Modernism After Paul Strand
Funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art, Retracing America: Modernism After Paul Strand invites ten scholars of American modernism and mass media to reconsider the work and legacy of Paul Strand. Though primarily known for the portfolios he published in Alfred Stieglitz’s Camera Work and his formalist experiments in the 1920s, Strand’s work and legacy exceeds this particular modernist frame. Between the 1930s when he worked with the Photo League, until the 1970s, when he worked in exile with an international coterie of photographers, filmmakers and critics, Strand reshaped American modernism through a sustained engagement with the social promises of mass media. Bringing together historians of American modernism, photography and film, ‘Retracing America’ will be the first international conference to consider Strand’s rich and varied photographic practice.
The event will begin on March 8 with a screening of Native Land. Directed by Leo Hurwitz and Paul Strand, Native Land, which was first screened in 1942, depicts the struggle of trade unions against union-busting corporations, their spies and contractors. We will be screening a 16mm copy of the film on loan from the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The film screening will be followed by a full day symposium on March 9 in the Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre ay University College London. The symposium will begin at 9:30 with a keynote address by Blake Stimson. The keynote will be followed by nine papers on Strand and American modernism.
Please book for these events separately:
March 8 at 6pm-8pm
Screening of Native Land
41 Gordon Square
London, WC1H 0PD
March 9 at 9:30am-6:30pm
Retracing American Symposium
Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre (Main Builing)
London, WC1E 6BT
For more information, please contact Stephanie Schwartz at firstname.lastname@example.org