Photography and Painting: A Sibling Rivalry in Focus

Course Leaders
Day of Week: Tuesday
Course Length: 5 weeks
Starting: 09/28/2021
Ending: 10/26/2021
Period of Day: Period 2
Course Fee: $50.00
Standard period time.

Course Description:

“FROM NOW ON, PAINTING IS DEAD!” exclaimed French painter Paul Delaroche upon seeing the first photograph in 1839. Before photography, painters had the sole role in visually recording the world. With the camera taking over that role with such clarity of detail, most innovative painters felt free to experiment and break away from traditional representation—to seek new qualities in painting—and, voila, all the “isms” were born! This course will explore the fascinating history of photography, from daguerreotypes through the digital age. We will also reflect on the continual push-pull relationship between photography and painting, and the ways the two arts have influenced each other over the last 150 years.

Each session of this five-week course will be a combination of striking visual presentations with accompanying lecture, followed by lively interaction as we apply some well-established frameworks to analyzing individual photographs and paintings. “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”—Ansel Adams

Books and Other Resources:

Optional reading resources will be suggested.

Course Leader Bio(s)

Ivy Cubell

I am passionate about art and history and making connections between the two in dynamic and thought-provoking ways. As a Gallery Instructor since 2002 at the MFA Boston and former Vice-Chair of the Gallery Instructor advisory board, I lead specially themed tours through the various collections and special exhibitions for both student and adult groups, develop tours and training curricula for MFA docents, and lead professional development teacher workshops for schools throughout New England. In addition to my degree in Art History from University of Michigan and Columbia University, I hold an MSW and a JD from Boston University.