W.J.T. Mitchell on the Photography of Robert Frank

Scholar and theorist of visual art and literature W.J.T. Mitchell will deliver a lecture on Robert Frank and photography on Thursday Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. in Olin Auditorium. An exhibition of Frank’s work at The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art is the subject of the extracurricular program Ursinus is Talking About…  

Mitchell, currently the Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor of English and Art History at the University of Chicago, has written on art, literature and media. He is the editor of the interdisciplinary journal Critical Inquiry, a quarterly devoted to critical theory in the arts and human sciences. A scholar and theorist of media, visual art and literature, Mitchell is associated with the fields of visual culture and iconology (the study of images across the media). He is known especially for his work on the relations of visual and verbal representations in the context of social and political issues. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Morey Prize in art history given by the College Art Association of America. Mitchell’s writings in books such as Cloning Terror, What do Pictures Want?, and Picture Theory focus on the nature of images and the interplay of visual and verbal representations, how images convey meaning, and how often these images are tied up in questions of identity and political ideology.

Places, Spaces and Identity: Robert Frank “Portraits,” is on view at the Museum, as well as Dust Shaped Hearts, the photography of Donald E. Camp.

Celebrating a milestone 20th year, The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College, known for its diverse collection and innovative educational programming, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and  noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Museum is closed Mondays and college holidays.  The Museum is accessible to the physically disabled, and admission is free. The Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums.