Art and Journalism in the Era of Post-Truth Politics

This event last occurred on November 2, 2019, 1—4:30 pm.

Please note: Due to the high volume of RSVPs, we are currently at capacity for the lunch portion of the program (1–1:30 pm). Register now for a symposium ticket, which will admit guests starting after lunch at 1:30 pm, when the first speaker begins.

In conjunction with Truthiness and the News, this symposium brings together three leading figures in the fields of journalism, art history, and museums to reflect on the ethical implications of looking at images and reading the news critically in an era in which the concept of truth seems to hold ever less weight.

This program is FREE with admission or membership, and registration is requested. 

Stop by for a specific talk, or stay for the entire afternoon!

Full Schedule:

1:00-1:30PM - Buffet lunch (for those who register by October 23)
1:30-2:00PM - Makeda Best, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography, Harvard Art Museums
2:00-2:30PM - Carrie Lambert-Beatty, Professor of History of Art and Architecture and Visual Studies, Harvard University
2:30-3:15PM - Coffee break and exhibition walkthrough with Sam Adams, Koch Curatorial Fellow, deCordova
3:30-4:00PM - Gülsin Harman, Freelance reporter, The New York Times Istanbul Bureau, 2020 Robert L. Long Nieman Fellow, Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard
4:00-4:30PM - Concluding discussion

Speaker Bios:

Gülsin Harman is a freelance reporter at The New York Times Istanbul Bureau. She is currently the 2020 Robert L. Long Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Harman’s research focuses on how new challenges to journalism impact democracy in a global condition of disinformation and distrust of the media.

Makeda Best is the Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at Harvard Art Museums. A specialist in war and documentary photography, Best co-edited Conflict, Identity, and Protest in American Art (2015). Best previously served as assistant curator at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and assistant professor of art history at the California College of the Arts and the University of Vermont.

Carrie Lambert-Beatty is a professor at Harvard University in the departments of history of art and architecture and visual and environmental studies. Lambert-Beatty’s scholarship focuses on art since the 1960s. In addition to her award-winning book, Being Watched: Yvonne Rainer and the 1960s (2008), Lambert-Beatty contributes regularly to Artforum, Art Journal, and October, of which she is an editor.


Image: Charles “Teenie” Harris, Girl reading on stacks of Pittsburgh Courier newspapers, c. 1940, printed 2001, silver gelatin print, image 12 3/8 x 16 7/8 inches, Gift of Gus and Arlette Kayafas. Photograph by Clements Photography and Design, Boston.

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