Curator Talk with Jason Tannen

Weegee’s Naked City

Wednesday, September 6, 5:30 p.m.
Colusa Hall 100B

Join the Jacki Headley University Art Gallery for a curator talk with Jason Tannen as part of the exhibition Two Truths & A Lie. Tannen will explore the legacy of the artist Arthur Fellig, known as Weegee, and his influence in shaping photographic truth.

Jason Tannen is a photographer, curator, and photo educator. For over three decades his work has explored the urban landscape. He has exhibited his work widely, with recent exhibitions including the Center for Fine Arts Photography, Ft. Collins, CO; the Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA; SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA; and Fukushima Contemporary Art Biennale, Fukushima, Japan. From 1998 to 2014, Tannen was the curator at the University Art Gallery at California State University, Chico, where he also taught film studies and the History of Photography. Tannen received his Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA.

Featuring the work of famed tabloid photographer Weegee and contemporary artists Zoe Crosher and Jessamyn Lovell, Two Truths & A Lie explores the shift in photography’s role as the arbiter of fact. Wherein lies the truth of an image? In its representation? In its interpretation? Can a photograph be both documentary and fiction?

The exhibition is on view at the Jacki Headley University Art Gallery through September 30, 2017.

Two Truths & A Lie is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Cover image: Weegee. Their First Murder, October 8, 1941 © Weegee/International Center of Photography (13.1997).

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