Celebrity and Photography: An Exhibition Seminar at the Zimmerli Art Museum

Donna Gustafson (Zimmerli Art Museum)

Photography has been used as a vehicle for celebrity from the moment of its invention in the 19th century. This seminar will explore the relationship between photography and celebrity and give students an opportunity to curate an exhibition of photographs from the collection of the Zimmerli Art Museum. Designed as an exhibition seminar for undergraduates, the class will result in an exhibition planned and curated by students in the seminar. Students will learn about celebrities and photography, conduct curatorial research, write labels and exhibition texts, and help to plan the installation of the exhibition. Class trips will include a visit to a photographic studio for demonstrations in film and digital photography. There will also be opportunities for students to continue working on the project after the seminar concludes as a curatorial intern at the museum.