John Baldessari, Throwing Three Balls in the Air to Get a Straight Line (Best of Thirty-Six  Attempts), sheet from artist book consisting of folio cover and fourteen leaves, 1973. 9 5/8 in. x   12 3/4 in. (24.4 cm x 32.4 cm). Museum purchase, The Nancy Gray Sherrill, Class of 1954,   Acquisition Fund. 2007.161 © John Baldessari
Measuring The World: Photography, Geography and Description
Sep 16 2015 – Dec 13 2015

This inventive exhibition explores how the camera can function as a device for measuring the world, mediating relations between individuals and their surrounding environments. Drawn from the Davis’s extensive collection of historic to contemporary photography, it considers ideas about land and colonial expansion, mapping, the World Atlas, the question of scale, travel, tourism, and globalization, the photograph as document, the archive, the body, society, being, and co-habitation. Measuring the World proposes an interdisciplinary approach, recognizing that photography is both an aesthetic and a scientific practice.

Curated by Ileana L. Selejan, Linda Wyatt Gruber '66 Curatorial Fellow in Photography, the exhibition is generously supported by The Constance Rhind Robey ‘81 Fund for Museum Exhibitions.
Curatorial Gallery Talk
Thursday, October 1 | 3:00PM
Join Gruber Curatorial Fellow Ileana L. Selejan for an introduction to the challenges and possibilities of working with photographic materials brought from around the world into the space of the museum. 
Lecture: Shelley Rice: Local Space/Global Visions 
Wednesday, October 7 | 6:30PM | Collins Cinema
Join NYU professor Shelley Rice to explore the “visual geography” of the year 1900, the moment when amateur cameras, half-tone reproduction processes and multinational corporations expanded photographic production and distribution exponentially, and quite literally set the stage for a “world culture” of imagery based on mobility, deracination and reproducibility. Focusing on three separate projects (Alfred Stieglitz’s magazine Camera Notes, Albert Kahn’s Archives of the Planet and the PhotoGlob AG collection of scenic travel views), the lecture will highlight how the image economy of this historical period—with its emphasis on networks, franchises, portability and outreach, its inherent tension between the domestic and the international, the artistic and the commercial, the elite and the mass—laid the foundations for our contemporary visual environment and its dependence on the mutability and transportability of images.

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