Gender, Gaze, and the Photographic Canon

Whitney Hubbs will give a lecture and lead discussion about her work as a photographer focused on investigating how the photographic canon leaves women out and privileges the male gaze. She grew up enjoying the works of Weston and Man Ray, just to name a few of the male artists who unapologetically explore the female form. In Hubbs’s own words: “I wanted to pose for these photographers. I’ve fantasized about it, performing for them, and so I photographed myself, and that didn’t satisfy me. I wanted to be the observer, the controller, the framer, the looker, the photographer.” Hubbs’s work with the female form redefines a medium and makes the viewer question who controls the image of the woman. How does the male form play out in photographs of women? How can pictures visualize a conceptual idea of the known presence calling of a past?

Williams students are free with valid ID; no reservations required. The general public is also welcome to attend, but reservations are required. Limited space available; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

This event is presented by Ephs at the Clark, a student organization that aims to connect students to the Clark Art Institute through student-led programs and opportunities that offer enriching experiences in the visual arts. Hubb’s visit is underwritten by the Clark and Claiming Williams Day. It is co-sponsored by the Williams College Lecture Committee.

Student vans to The Clark will leave from behind the ’62 Center at 1:30 P.M. The vans will also transport students back to campus after the event.

2:00 P.M at the Clark Art Institute, Michael Conforti Pavilion.