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Life and Dreams

Contemporary Chinese Photography and Media Art

Currently in New York

Scrapbook Love Story

Memory and the Vernacular Album

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Structures of Identity

Photography from The Walther Collection

Upcoming event at TWC Neu-Ulm

Life and Dreams: Closing event with guided tour

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Before the museum closes during winter, we will open the exhibition with extended hours on Sunday, November 18, 1–5pm. In addition, there will be a final public tour through the exhibition at 3 pm.

November 18, 2018, 01:00 pm - 05:00 pm

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Imagining Everyday Life: Reflections on the Recent Symposium

Our symposium on vernacular photography was a great success! Thank you to all who participated and attended. Please note we look forward to making a video recording of the proceedings available soon; check back here for updates.

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On October 19 and 20, The Walther Collection, The Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University, and The Barnard Center for Research on Women at Barnard College hosted a convening of twenty speakers over two days at Columbia's Lenfest Center for the Arts. The goal of the symposium was to try and come to terms with what vernacular photography is and what social, political, and economic role it might have within both the history of photography and larger social histories more generally. Throughout the conference, it quickly emerged that the category of the "vernacular"—which can be reasonably described as photography that is not meant to be art, but instead serves some other purpose such as government identification, family photos, architectural documentation and much else—is sharply contested.

Through the close study of various photographs in and beyond The Walther Collection's holdings, the assembled art historians, theorists, social historians, scholars on race and sexuality, and curators contributed to a vivid and complex debate about how and if we can define the term, and maybe more urgently, what it does.

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The Walther Collection is an art foundation dedicated to the critical understanding of historical and contemporary photography and related media.

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