Comer Collection: Binary Consciousness (Event Overview)

Keliy Anderson-Staley, Kevin, 2010, wet-plate collodion tintype

Friday, February 17, 2017 – Friday, March 10, 2017,
Venue: Various locations
Admission: Free
Season: 2016-17

February 17 – March 10:

Art Exhibition: University Theatre

Gallery hours are 2:00 - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday.  

This exhibit examines a binary stream of consciousness present in portrait photography. When confronted with the cliché of a smiling subject or a subject’s attempt at a solemn gesture, the politics of portraiture calls into question the veracity of the photographer’s intent as well as the subject's locus of control.

This exhibition is curated by Dr. Giraud Polite and includes images by photographers  Dawoud Bey, Keliy Anderson-Staley and Carrie Mae Weems.

February 21:

Gallery Talk: Dr. Giraud Polite, 2:00 p.m., University Theatre

Reception: 2:45 p.m., University Theatre

Bio: Giraud Polite

As an artist and recipient of the Creative PhD, Giraud Polite has over thirteen years of visual communications experience and has spent the past ten years visually documenting and researching a variety of ethnic groups on five different continents. He is currently a member of the Society of Photographic Education and the Urban Creative Network where he attends conferences and participates in panel discussions about current photographic and design shifts and trends. Giraud also serves as member, mentor, and adviser to programs such as Making Connections, Inc. and the Brookhaven College Film Club. As a Louisiana/Texas artist, Giraud has exhibited works extending from digital photography to multimedia arts in a variety of museums, cultural centers, and educational institutions.

February 28:

Reception: 6:00 p.m., University Theatre

Lecture: Keliy Anderson-Staley, 7:00 p.m., Davidson Auditorium

Honored Photographer Bio: Keliy Anderson-Staley

Keliy Anderson-Staley is a Houston-based artist. She was born in Maine, and she holds a BA from Hampshire College in Massachusetts and an MFA in photography from Hunter College in New York City. She is an assistant professor of Photography and Digital Media at the University of Houston. Anderson-Staley's images are in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Portland Museum of Art (Maine), and Museum of Fine Arts-Houston. She was the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, a Puffin Grant, a fellowship from the Howard Foundation, the Carol Crow Fellowship from the Houston Center for Photography and the Clarence John Laughlin Award from the New Orleans Photo Alliance. Her work was published in a solo issue of Light Work’s Contact Sheet and has been shown at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian, Akron Art Museum, Bronx Museum of Art, Southeast Museum of Photography and the California Museum of Photography, as well as at a number of galleries around the country. Anderson-Staley has been making wet-plate collodion tintypes and ambrotypes for twelve years. On a Wet Bough, a monograph of her tintype portraits was published in 2014 by Waltz Books. She is represented by Catherine Edelman Gallery.

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