Biggin Gallery, Auburn, AL
March 27 – April 7, 2017
This year’s juror is art historian and critic James Elkins. Dr. Elkins is the author of such books as Our Beautiful, Dry, and Distant Texts: Art History as Writing; Why Are Our Pictures Puzzles?; What Painting Is; The Domain of Images; Why Art Cannot Be Taught: A Handbook for Students; How to Use Your Eyes; and the experimental nonfiction book, What Photography Is. He is E.C. Chadbourne Chair of art history, theory, and criticism at the School of the Art Institute Chicago. Dr. Elkins is currently at work on an experimental novel with images.
Dr. Elkins will present his lecture “Empathy, Affect, Obsession, Boredom.” The lecture is a survey of current theories of affect and other non-verbal forms of encounter with artworks; the last two terms are developed from the book What Photography Is.