Watch the 2016 Untitled Symposium Below!

The BFA Department of  Photography and Video and the School of Visual Arts present Untitled (Gender and Representation) 2016, a day-long symposium including Jennifer Blessing, Zackary Drucker and Zanele Muholi that seeks to address the complex conversations on gender that have dominated both high and low culture in the last several years and the ways in which representation has significantly participated in the discourse. In addition to photography, performance, entertainment and fashion, the broader cultural narrative will be discussed. The conference will include panels on queer histories and photography, gender outlaws, fashion and gender, transfeminism, and gender and performance.




NIV ACOSTA Dance Artist, Choreographer

JENNIFER BLESSING Senior Curator of Photography at the Guggenheim Museum

KATE BORNSTEIN Playwright and Author, Gender Outlaw, On Men, Women and the Rest of Us.

ZACKARY DRUCKER Performance Artist, Actress, Producer of Amazon Prime's Transparent

LIA GANGITANO Founder and Director of Participant Inc.

RON GREGG Senior Lecturer at Yale, Program Director for the Film Studies Program

M. LAMAR Composer, Musician, Performer, Multimedia Artist

ZANELE MUHOLI Photographer and Activist

DIANA TOURJEE Cultural Critic, Writer




“Gender and the function of visual representation in gender identity have had a profound impact on the thinking of our students, our classroom discussions and the students’ sense of themselves in society...The conference is an occasion to acknowledge and elaborate on the conversation, and to share it publicly and as a cross-cultural discourse.”

-Stephen Frailey, BFA Photography and Video Chair, Conference Organizer

“Our current generation of artists looks to identity politics of the past to understand the power of visual representation and pushes the conversation forward via new platforms and technologies. At this moment, ideology and theory are being met with art and action, and the mainstream is fully engaged... This symposium is an opportunity to consider broader visions of our culture as we reflect on where we have been and how we see ourselves in the future.”

-Joseph Maida, BFA Photography and Video Faculty Member, Conference Organizer



October 1st, 2016 9:30AM - 7PM

(check-in/ continental welcome breakfast 9:30-10:15 AM)

SVA Theatre, 333 W 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011