Pioneering photojournalism topic of Goldberg Lecture

Behind the Saint-Lazare Station, Paris, 1932, gelatin silver print (Henri Cartier-Bresson)

Patricia Leighten will address “The Secret Life of Henri Cartier-Bresson” when she delivers the Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Lecture in Art History on Nov. 6.

Leighten’s talk will be at 4:10 p.m. in Cohen Memorial Hall, Room 203. She is a professor of art history and visual studies at Duke University and received her doctorate from Rutgers University.

Patricia Leighten, professor of art history & visual studies, Duke University, will present the Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Lecture in Art History on Thursday, November 6, at 4:10 p.m. in 203 Cohen Hall.

Leighten’s field of research is late 19th and early 20th-century modernism and politics primitivism, and the history and theory of photography. In her research and teaching, she is interested in the relationship between visual culture and the politics of both representation and interpretation.

Cartier-Bresson was a noted French photographer and filmmaker who lived from 1908 to 2004. He is widely credited with helping establish photojournalism as an art form. World events he covered included the Spanish Civil War to the French uprisings in 1968.

Leighten wrote The Liberation of Painting: Modernism and Anarchism in Avant-Guerre Paris (University of Chicago Press) and Re-Ordering the Universe: Picasso and Anarchism, 1897-1914 (Princeton University Press). Books she has co-authored include A Cubism Reader: Documents and Criticism, 1906-1914 (University of Chicago Press) and Paris: Les Presses du réel (forthcoming).

The Goldberg Lecture, sponsored by the Department of History of Art, is free and open to the public. Limited parking is available in Lot 95 adjacent to Cohen Memorial Hall, 1220 21st Avenue South. A reception will follow the talk in the Cohen atrium.

For more information, call 615-322-2831.