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Philip Brookman: Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change

Wed, Apr 6, 2011, 3:00 am to 4:45 am
Mainstage Theater, Theater Arts Complex

A free public lecture by Philip Brookman, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. This lecture is part of the Creativity+Innovation series.


Eadweard Muybridge was an innovator whose pioneering contributions to art and technology transformed late nineteenth century American and European culture. Muybridge was, above all, a visionary photographer and inventor who advanced both aesthetic and technical applications of photography. A ground-breaking landscape and documentary artist, Muybridge also devised techniques to freeze on film humans and animals in motion, and to reanimate them in some of the first projected motion pictures. His wide influence—from Thomas Edison’s kinetoscope viewer and Marcel Duchamp’s "Nude Descending a Staircase" to the blockbuster film "The Matrix" and the music of Philip Glass—has forever changed our understanding and interpretation of the world. Curator Philip Brookman explains "Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change" in conjunction with the retrospective exhibition now on view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

This presentation is part of the series of free, public lectures in the Dean's Lecture Series entitled "Creativity and Innovation" (part of the course Art 80V: "Issues and Artists" taught by Associate Professor Lewis Watts). Arts Division Dean David Yager has selected nine speakers, all noted for their unique ability to bridge innovation and creativity within their professional career paths. The public is cordially invited. Admission is free. Parking $3.

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Philip Brookman's recent exhibitions include Sally Mann: What Remains; Robert Frank: London/Wales; Emmet Gowin: Changing the Earth; Media/Metaphor: The 46th Biennial Exhibition; Half Past Autumn: The Art of Gordon Parks; Raised by Wolves: Photographs and Documents by Jim Goldberg; Hospice: A Photographic Inquiry; The Way Home: Ending Homelessness in America; Arnold Newman: Breaking Ground; and Arthur Tress: Fantastic Voyage, Photographs 1956-2000.

A writer, editor, filmmaker and photographer, he has recently written essays on artists Henri Cartier-Bresson and William Christenberry for The Washington Post Magazine, a script for a feature film with Jim Goldberg and numerous catalogue essays.

Mr. Brookman received degrees in 20th-Century Art History and Fine Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz.