Reading Group

The “Singular They”

Hosted by Joseph Maida

Tracing the histories of both photography and nonbinary pronouns, our conversation will be driven by a reconsideration of historically celebrated photographs in which the genders of the subjects, photographers, and viewers determine how we see and read meaning. We will apply a revised approach to word usage to evaluating photographs to consider the promises, paradoxes, and shortcomings in seeing, naming, and understanding gender today. Bring smartphones for a game of sharing before-and-after selfies! Maida has co-organized “Untitled,” a dynamic daylong symposium on gender and representation at the SVA Theater on October 1, 2016: www.untitledsymposium.com.