Virtual Program, E-Conversation, Systematic Thinking

Sixteen images arranged in a four-by-four grid. The bottom three rows show various three-dimensional forms made up of small blocks. Each row focuses on a common shape, while each individual image within that row presents a different iteration of that shap

Mel Bochner, 12 Photographs and 4 Diagrams (N+1 Center Sets), 1966–67, printed 1999. Gelatin silver prints. Yale University Art Gallery, Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund. Courtesy of the artist

The artists featured in Systematic Thinking use the medium of photography to organize their thoughts and the world around them—to categorize and sort both concrete objects and abstract concepts. In this live, virtual discussion, cocurators Danielle Raad, the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman–Joan Whitney Payson Fellow in Academic Affairs and Outreach in the Education Department, and Yechen Zhao, the Marcia Brady Tucker Fellow in the Department of Photography, explore how artists including Mel Bochner, Sherrie Levine, and Mark Klett engage with mathematics, intellectual property, and scientific observation through photography. Focusing on works in the new installation, the cocurators reflect on the medium’s role as a symbolic language and a tool of measurement. Generously sponsored by the Martin A. Ryerson Lectureship Fund.

Closed captions will be available in English.

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