Friday, September 30, 2011

Screening for Stryker's America

In conjunction with the American University Museum at the Katzen Art Center exhibit

Re-viewing Documentary: The Photographic Life of Louise Rosskam

Screening of the Documentary Film

Stryker's America: Photographing the Great Depression

A Film by Laurence L. Levin and Justin Schauble

Stryker’s America tells the story of how Roy E. Stryker, a low-level federal bureaucrat with integrity and vision, managed a massive New Deal project to document the Great Depression. Stryker lead the Historical Division of the Farm Security Administration from 1935 to 1943. The photos in this collection—nearly 200,000 by both established and aspiring photographers, including Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Arthur Rothstein, Edwin Rosskam and many others—became the defining statement of the era. Narrated by Beverly Brannan, curator of photography at the Library of Congress; Dr. Alan Fern, retired director of the National Portrait Gallery; and Peter Kuznick, professor of history at American University.

Saturday, October 15, 2011, 3-4 pm

è Film Program: Stryker’s America: Photographing the Great Depression, 2007, (23 minutes) followed by discussion and gallery tour.

Screening of film and panel discussion with filmmaker Larry Levin, adjunct professor of film and media arts, American University, and curators Laura Katzman, associate professor of art history, James Madison University and Beverly W. Brannan, senior curator of photography, Library of Congress

Re-viewing Documentary: The Photographic Life of Louise Rosskam

This major retrospective examines the work of Louise Rosskam (1910-2003), an elusive pioneer of the “golden age” of American documentary photography. It features her poignant photographs of a Southwest, Washington, D.C. neighborhood before its destruction for urban renewal projects. It highlights her compelling images of Puerto Rico, as it developed from an impoverished U.S. possession to an industrialized commonwealth whose political status remains a contested issue. Guest curated by Laura Katzman and Beverly W. Brannan.


American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016


Saturday October 15, 2011 3-4 pm film screening and discussion followed by Gallery talk and tour of the exhibition Re-viewing Documentary led by guest curators Laura Katzman and Beverly W. Brannan.

Free Parking in the garage

All events are free and open to the public