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21c Museum and CLICK! Speaker Series: The Future is Photography with Margaret Sartor
October 27, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pmFree, tickets required
21c Museum Hotel Durham and CLICK! Photography Festival are proud to present 21c Museum and CLICK! Speaker Series: The Future is Photography.
Rhonda Klevansky: Reaching Out to Durham’s Hungry
Thursday, October 14, 2021 6pm in Main Gallery, 21c Durham
Get your Eventbrite tickets for Rhonda Klevansky’s Artist Lecture here.
Tamika Galanis: The Archive is Now
Thursday, October 21, 2021 6pm (Zoom lecture)
Register for the Zoom lecture here.
Margaret Sartor: The Problem of Human Behavior
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6pm in Main Gallery, 21c Durham
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The artist lectures are free, but seating for in-person talks is limited and a ticket is required by visiting Eventbrite.
Providing a safe event for artists, attendees, and staff is our top priority. We will continue to monitor and follow guidance provided by the CDC. Updates and information will be shared with registered attendees through email prior to the performance. Masks are required.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Sartor will talk about and read from her series, The Problem of Human Behavior, part of larger series she calls TORN, a personal and an ongoing exploration into storytelling using the combined languages of words and images.
Pictures and stories have long served the function of preserving memory, of making transitory experience into something that can be handed down or carried with us; they provide a shield against time, a salve for loss. Everyday experience is, for each of us, an imaginative and subjective construction, assembled from the building blocks of real people and real events.
The Problem of Human Behavior is a mixed media series, a personal investigation into how taking pieces of a story out of the context of a larger story can create new meaning and, sometimes, becomes a revelation of how we see, find, and create our own stories — which is, essentially, how we create ourselves.
“We tell ourselves stories in order to live,” writes Joan Didion. But stories can also tell us.
They can tell us how to remember or how to forget, how to hold on to experiences or how to purge ourselves of them. And stories provide a way of reaching for answers where answers are rarely found: in the realm of human behavior. Most importantly, they can get us from one side of something to the other, from the before to what comes after, which is meaning.
Margaret Sartor is a writer, curator, and visual artist who lives in Durham, NC. Her books include Where We Find Ourselves: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum 1897–1922 (with Alex Harris), What Was True: The Photographs and Notebooks of William Gedney (with Geoff Dyer), and the New York Times best-selling memoir Miss American Pie: A Diary of Love, Secrets, and Growing Up in the 1970s. Sartor’s photographs and essays have appeared in numerous books and publications, among them The Paris Review, Aperture, The New Yorker, and, most recently, Visible Spectrum: Portraits from the World of Autism by Mary Berridge. Her photographs are in permanent collections including: Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, and North Carolina Museum of Art. As a curator, Sartor has worked with, among others, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, International Center for Photography in New York, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
ABOUT CLICK! PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL
CLICK! Photography Festival celebrates the medium of photography and its cultural influence by engaging the photography community with exceptional photo-based works and artists. The month-long festival every October brings together photography lovers, exhibitions, and programming while fostering dialogue between photographers and community members, all in hopes of inspiring artistic excellence, supporting professional development, and promoting community engagement.
Pictured: Margaret Sartor, Circle It, 2021, Mixed media