June 25–26, 2013
Springer Auditorium
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

A Multidisciplinary International Symposium organized by The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and the Shpilman Institute for Photography, Tel Aviv in conjunction with the exhibition Displaced Visions: Émigré Photographers of the 20th Century.
Moderator: Dr. Nissan N. Perez

9:45 James S. Snyder, Director, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Welcoming remarks

9:55 Shalom Shpilman, Shpilman Institute for Photography, Tel Aviv
Welcoming remarks

10:05 Nissan N. Perez
Opening remarks

10:15 Bernard-Henri Lévy, France
Disquieting Strangeness

11:05 Coffee break

11:35 Hagi Kenaan, Tel Aviv University
An Unfamiliar Familiarity: Photography and the Everyday

12:25 Lunch break

14:30 Yigal Zalmona, Former Chief Curator at Large, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Immigrants or Natives: The Identity Discourse and Early Israeli Art

15:20 Michael Levin, Founding Head of the Multidisciplinary Art Department, Shenkar College
Trying to Achieve a Union Between Prussianism and the Life-cycle of the Muezzin

16:30 Guided visit of the exhibition Displaced Visions: Émigré Photographers of the 20th Century


09:30 Nissan N. Perez, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Strangers in a Strange Land: The Photographic Vision of the Émigrés

10:20 Jane Levy Reed, Filmmaker, Curator, Critic, and Photography Historian
My Eyes Were Fresh: The Life and Photographs of John Gutmann (film)

10:50 Coffee break

11:30 Malcolm Le Grice, UK
The Influence of European Émigré Artists on the Development of Experimental Cinema

12:20 Svetlana Boym, Harvard University
Nostalgia, Estrangement and Off-Modern Space

13:15 Lunch break

14:30 Shelley Rice, NYU
Local Space/Global Visions

15:20 Boris Groys, NYU
After History: Alexandre Kojève as Photographer

16:00 Nissan N. Perez, Closing remarks

16:15-17:15 Panel discussion


All lectures will be conducted in English.

25.6.13 between 9:30 – 16:30; 26.6.13 between 09:30 – 17:00
75 NIS per day/120 NIS for both days.
Special student price: 40 NIS per day/70 NIS for both days.

Space is limited; please confirm your attendance.

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