Curator Talk: Photography Through the Lens of Identity: Race, Gender, Sexuality, Disability

Date(s) - 03/07/2024
Time(s) - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Online - Zoom Link in Email Receipt

Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Sans titre – haut et bas (Untitled – top and bottom), 2009
Digital chromogenic print diptych

Laura Aguilar
Will Work For #4, 1993
Gelatin silver print

Yasumasa Morimura
Brothers (Slaughter I), 1991
Three silver-dye bleach prints mounted on panels with artist’s frame

Photography Through the Lens of Identity: Gender, Sexuality, Disability

Highlighting selections from his recent exhibitions Variance: Making, Unmaking, and Remaking Disability and The Performative Self-Portrait in addition to other examples, Conor Moynihan discusses photography in relationship to matters of gender, sexuality, and disability. He highlights, in particular, photographers with disabilities and how they bring their lived experiences–or not–into their practice. Moynihan’s talk focuses primarily on work in the RISD Museum’s collection, and how he has added to that collection in recent years through the parameters of social equity and inclusion.

Conor Moynihan

Conor Moynihan is the Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the RISD Museum. He focuses on the modern and contemporary collection, with a particular research interest in identity-based practices. His recent exhibitions at the RISD Museum include Perception and Presence in Contemporary Drawing, Variance: Making, Unmaking, and Remaking Disability, and The Performative Self-Portrait. He is currently working with Christina Alderman to help the young artists and art enthusiasts of RISD Art Circle to curate an exhibition from a teen perspective in Spring 2025.

The RISD Museum believes that art, artists, and the institutions that support them play pivotal roles in promoting broad civic engagement and creating more open societies.

Established in 1877 as part of a vibrant creative community, the RISD Museum stewards works of art representing diverse cultures from ancient times to the present. We interpret our collection with the focus on the maker and we deeply engage with art and artists, presenting ideas and perspectives that can be inspiring and complex. We aspire to create an accessible and inclusive environment that fosters meaningful relationships across all communities.


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