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 2019
Winter/Spring 2019
Fall 2018
Summer 2018
Winter/Spring 2018
Fall 2017
Summer 2017
Winter/Spring 2017
Fall 2016

Recent Highlights

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.



Eugene Richards: on The Run-On of Time

September 28, 2018

Eugene Richards discusses the themes, stories, and images that have shaped his forty-five year career and his ICP Museum retrospective, Eugene Richards: The Run-On of Time. Richards is joined in conversation by Nelson-Atkins Museum curator April Watson and ICP’s Susan Carlson.



All Used Up: Dismantling the Gaze x Queering the Collection

October 17, 2018

A night of screenings, readings, and performances featuring the appropriation practices of William E. Jones, Allison Parrish, and Christopher Clary, with special guest shawné michaelain holloway, followed by a panel discussion with moderator Nayland Blake.



Optics: Visual Culture and Electoral Politics

November 6, 2018

From campaign posters and graphic identities to politicians’ self-styled photographs and social media presences, this session of Optics: A New Way of Seeing Contemporary Culture deconstructs the increasingly complex visual culture of politics.




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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