The Center for Visual Culture (CVC) at ICP seeks to generate stimulating public dialogues between concerned photographic and visual culture communities, academics, and collaborative partners from a range of creative and community-based organizations. Its goal is to explore the complex challenges facing our world, increasingly informed by the dynamic impact of visual culture and media. Through substantive public programs, including panels, lectures, symposia, workshops, performances, book discussions, and film screenings, the CVC will invite broad audiences to explore and to contribute new ideas and perspectives on how photography and visual culture shape our world.

All Programs

Fall 2018
Summer 2018
Winter/Spring 2018
Fall 2017
Summer 2017
Winter/Spring 2017
Fall 2016

Recent Highlights

In Conversation: Edmund Clark and Erin Barnett

January 30, 2018

Edmund Clark and ICP Director of Exhibitions and Collections Erin Barnett discuss Edmund Clark: The Day the Music Died, an exhibition that explores new ways to visualize the structures of power and control in the global War on Terror. LEARN MORE

Optics: Visions of Love

February 6, 2018

Critic Jillian Steinhauer hosts Amy Beecher, Moira Weigel, and Fei Liu in this Valentine’s Day–themed examination of the visual culture of modern love, from cyborg erotics to reality TV. LEARN MORE

Vision and Technology: Towards a More Just Future (Symposium)

May 14, 2018

Organized in collaboration with Eyebeam, this daylong symposium addresses the implications of visuality, representation, and privacy in the age of surveillance and big data. LEARN MORE


Special Thanks

ICP’s Center for Visual Culture (CVC) was established in 2016 thanks in part to a major grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to strengthen the public humanities programming and content development at ICP and the associated key staff positions.

Additional support for public programs has been provided by The Bern Schwartz Family Foundation and, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


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