Susan Close

This talk examines images of architectural facades along Montreal’s St. Catherine Street made by the Canadian photographer Gabor Szilasi in the late 1970s and 80s.  It analyzes how these images exist on the boundary between the photograph as an aesthetic object and a social document.

Dr. Susan Close is an Associate Professor in the Interior Design Department of the Faculty of Architecture and a Senior Fellow at St. John’s College, both at the University of Manitoba. She teaches interdisciplinary courses on theory, history and photography in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Amsterdam in 2005. Her book, Framing Identity: Social Practices of Photography in Canada was short listed for three Manitoba book prizes in 2007. Dr. Close was awarded the Carl Nelson Jr. Teaching Award in 2010 by the Faculty of Architecture.

Dr. Close has lectured on her research at Carleton University, University of Ottawa, University of Manitoba and the National Gallery of Canada.  Her research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She has presented a number of papers at history, art history and design conferences, nationally and internationally. She is a Research Affiliate for the Centre for Human Rights Research and is on the Editorial Board of the international journal, Mosaic.

As an independent curator, Dr. Close has curated exhibitions for Library and Archives Canada, the City of Ottawa and the University of Manitoba. Her own photographic work has been shown in Canada and Europe and features in the collections of the Canada Council Art Bank, the City of Ottawa, The Photographers Gallery and the Mendel Art Gallery. She has received a number of grants from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Saskatchewan Arts Board. Dr. Close is currently working on a manuscript on the intersection of photography and the built environment.

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Food for Thought
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
12PM | Centre Space
John A. Russell Building
Faculty of Architecture
University of Manitoba