NAS announces July 20 lecture on science and technology's influence on contemporary protraiture

June 19, 2006

Washington - The Office of Exhibitions and Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences announces a lecture by Anne Collins Goodyear, assistant curator of prints and drawings at the newly renovated National Portrait Gallery. Goodyear will deliver her lecture, "The Face of Contemporary Portraiture in the Wake of Recent Revolutions in Technology and Science," on Thursday, July 20, at the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W., Washington, D.C.

The lecture will explain developments in portraiture from the 1960s to the present, devoting special attention to the impact of new advances in technology and science, such as video, digitization, and genetics. Artists to be discussed include Nancy Burson, Douglas Gordon, Elizabeth Peyton, Marc Quinn, Gary Schneider, and Andy Warhol.

Goodyear has a long-standing interest in the relationship between art, science, and technology. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002 after writing her dissertation "The Relationship of Art to Science and Technology in the United States, 1957-1971: Five Case Studies." She has also studied the impact of flight on 20th-century art and is the author of the essays "Reconsidering a Century of Flight," "Defying Gravity: Contemporary Art and Flight," and "2001: Building for Space Travel."

The lecture will be held in conjunction with the exhibition "Evolving Identities in the Genetic Age: Photographs by Ariel Ruiz i Altaba," on view at the Keck Center by appointment from Monday, July 10 to Friday, Oct. 13. Call 202-334-2436 or e-mail arts@nas.edu to make an appointment.

EVENT DETAILS:
Lecture: Anne Collins Goodyear on "The Face of Contemporary Portraiture in the Wake of Recent Revolutions in Technology and Science."
Date: Thursday, July 20
Time: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.)
Location: National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W., Washington, D.C.
Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown or Judiciary Square
Cost: No charge
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