Held in conjunction with the exhibition Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness, this series of scholarly presentations and creative disruptions addresses issues in Williams’s work from its engagement with the history of early 20th century avant-garde photography and film, epic dramaturgy, the society of the spectacle, and installation as a medium. Participants include scholars Devin Fore and Julia Robinson, and artists R.H. Quaytman, John Kelsey, John Miller, and Jeff Wall. Moderated by Roxana Marcoci, Senior Curator, Department of Photography and organizer of the exhibition at MoMA.
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Image: Christopher Williams (American, born 1956). Fig. 2: Loading the film (ORWO NP15 135-36 ASA 25, Manufactured by VEB Filmfabrik Wolfen, Wolfen, German Democratic Republic) / Exakta Varex IIa / 35 mm film SLR camera / Manufactured by Ihagee Kamerawerk Steenbergen & Co, Dresden, German Democratic Republic / Body serial no. 979625 (Production period: 1960–1963) / Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar / 50mm f/2.8 lens / Manufactured by VEB Carl Zeiss Jena, Jena, / German Democratic Republic / Serial no. 8034351 (Production period: 1967–1970) / Model: Christoph Boland / Studio Thomas Borho, Oberkasseler Str. 39, Düsseldorf, Germany / June 25, 2012. 2012. Pigmented inkjet print. Paper: 20 x 24″ (50.8 x 61 cm), framed: 33 3/8 x 37 3/8″ (84.7 x 94.8 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the generosity of David Dechman and Michel Mercure in honor of Joel Wachs. Courtesy of the artist; David Zwirner, New York/London; and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne © Christopher Williams