Join us for a special event with the thinkers and creators behind interactive, digital content in museums, archives, and the broader cultural sector. This program also celebrates The Concerned Camera: Unwavering Vision #3: 5,000 Images of Social and Cultural Change and Anne Morgan: Photography and Advocacy, a new interactive multimedia installation by Alan Govenar, Jean-Michel Sanchez, and Julien Roger, produced by Documentary Arts in association with on-situ, on view at the ICP Museum.
This is a free event, but please register in advance. ICP Members have access to preferred seating in our reserved members’ section.
4:00 PM—Museums, Cultural Institutions, and Digital Culture
Panel discussion with Susan Chun, Chief Content Officer, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Erin Fleming, Content Producer, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Executive Producer of SFMOMA’s award-winning podcast, Raw Material; Carolyn Royston, Chief Experience Officer, Cooper Hewitt Museum; JiaJia Fei, Director of Digital at the Jewish Museum
6:00 PM—Artists, Photographers, the Institution, and Digital Culture
Gabriel Barcia-Colombo, mixed media artist and Professor of Interactive Media Arts and ITP, New York University; Elizabeth Kilroy, interactive designer and Chair of New Media Narratives, International Center of Photography; Alan Govenar, writer, photographer, filmmaker, and president of Documentary Arts; Chloë Bass, multiform conceptual artist working in performance, situation, conversation, publication, and installation
7:30 PM—Closing cocktail reception and unveiling of Unwavering Vision #3 and Anne Morgan: Photography and Advocacy with the exhibition’s creators and designers, remarks and brief Q&A with Alan Govenar and Jean-Michel Sanchez
All program attendees are invited to the reception.
Organized by the International Center of Photography in partnership with Documentary Arts. Supported in part by the Communities Foundation of Texas and the Florence Gould Foundation, the American Friends of Blérancourt, and Franco-American Museum, Château de Blérancourt. Special thanks to Kaleta Doolin, Mathilde Schneider, Miles Morgan, Reunion des Musées Nationaux-Grand Palais, Médiathèque de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, and Centre National du Cinéma.
About the Concerned Camera
The event marks the unveiling of two distinct yet connected digital exhibitions: Unwavering Vision #3, a collection of 5,000 images of social and cultural change from the collections of the International Center of Photography (ICP)—a project that garnered significant praise during its debut at Photo London earlier this year—and Anne Morgan: Photography and Advocacy, focusing on 1,000 images commissioned by the American philanthropist Anne Morgan to sensitize the American public to the humanitarian needs of people of France during and after World War I. The installation—both presented via Documentary Arts’ specially designed interactive kiosk and projector system—will be on view at the ICP Museum throughout the fall.
Unwavering Vision #3 and Anne Morgan: Photography and Advocacy are part of an ongoing collaboration between ICP, Documentary Arts, and on-situ. More information on these installations and partners can be found here.
About Documentary Arts
Documentary Arts, Inc. is a non-profit organization, founded in 1985 by Alan Govenar, to present new perspectives on historical issues and diverse cultures. Documentary Arts’ collaborations with major institutions—including the National Endowment for the Arts, African American Museum (Dallas), FARO (Brussels), Maison des Cultures du Monde (Paris), and UNESCO (Nairobi)—have highlighted little-known practitioners of cultural forms via photography, films and videos, audio recordings, oral histories, exhibitions, public programs, new technologies, and collections of material culture. The annual Documentary Arts Fellowship, now in its third year, enables students in ICP’s full-time programs (Creative Practices, Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism, New Media Narratives, and the ICP-Bard MFA) to deepen their practice in photography, video, and new media. Visit documentaryarts.org to learn more.
Gabriel Barcia-Colombo is a mixed-media artist whose work focuses on collections, memorialization, and the act of leaving one's digital imprint for the next generation. His work takes the form of video sculptures, augmented reality, immersive performances, large-scale projections and vending machines that sell human DNA. Barcia-Colombo was the first artist commissioned to show work at the New Fulton Terminal Stop with the MTA Arts & Design program. His work has been featured in the Volta, Scope, and Art Mrkt art fairs, Victoria & Albert Museum, as well as Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library.
Chloë Bass is a multiform conceptual artist working in performance, situation, conversation, publication, and installation. Her work uses daily life as a site of deep research to address scales of intimacy: where patterns hold and break as group sizes expand. Bass has held numerous fellowships and residencies; 2018’s include a residency at Denniston Hill, the Recess Analog Artist-in-Residence, and a BRIC Media Arts Fellowship. Her projects have appeared at the Knockdown Center, the Kitchen, the Brooklyn Museum, CUE Art Foundation, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the James Gallery, and elsewhere.
Susan Chun is chief content officer at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, where her team—the Design, Publishing, and New Media group—tells the museum’s stories in print and digital media. She has worked at the Philadelphia Museum, Alfred A. Knopf, Asia Society, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she managed the museum's scholarly publishing program, served as editorial advisor for the launch of metmuseum.org, and helped plan its award-winning Timeline of Art History. Chun has led pioneering multi-institutional museum technology projects including Steve: The Museum Social Tagging Project; Project Audience, a Mellon-funded collaboration of arts organizations; and Coyote, an accessibility and visual description initiative.
JiaJia Fei is a digital strategist with over a decade of experience working at the intersection of digital marketing, branding, web, mobile, and social media content strategy for art and culture—making museums and cultural organizations more accessible through technology. She currently serves as the director of digital at the Jewish Museum in New York City. Previously, she served as associate director, digital marketing at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, bringing modern and contemporary art to a global online audience through award-winning digital initiatives.
Erin Fleming is a content producer at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She is a member of the museum’s Interpretive Media team, and the Executive Producer of the museum’s award-winning podcast, Raw Material.
Alan Govenar is a writer, folklorist, photographer, and filmmaker. He is president of Documentary Arts. Govenar has a BA with distinction in American Folklore from Ohio State University, an M.A. in Folklore and Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin, and a PhD in Arts and Humanities from the University of Texas at Dallas. He is the author of eighteen books. His film, Stoney Knows How, based on his book by the same title about Old School tattoo artist Leonard St. Clair, screened at MoMA and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and was selected as an Outstanding Film of the Year by the London Film Festival.
Elizabeth Kilroy is the chair of the New Media Narratives program at the International Center of Photography. She is an award-winning interactive designer, business owner, and educator. Since 2000 ElizabethK Studio has helped a wide variety of clients create engaging content that harnessed the ever-changing possibilities of the web.
Carolyn Royston joined the Cooper Hewitt Museum in 2018 as chief experience officer, a new role that weaves the digital and physical experience together to create an integrated visitor experience. She has previously served as director of digital at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, head of digital at Imperial War Museums, and as project director of the National Museums Online Learning Project based at the Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2017, she was a Getty Leadership Institute Fellow and President of Museum Computer Network.
Jean-Michel Sanchez is a co-founder of on-situ, which he formed in 2005 with Julien Roger. They develop digital designs that are poetic and explore the relations between art and technology, while enhancing museum visitor experience. Their multimedia installations include Louvre, Paris (Lens, France), Kennedy Center, (Washington DC), and Aga Khan Museum (Toronto, Canada). On-situ and Documentary Arts collaborated in the development of multimedia for the Musée franco-américain du château de Blérancourt.