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Date/Time: 04/09/2004 12:00 am

In conjunction with the exhibition, GEOFFREY JAMES: ZONES OF CONTACT, The Americas Society will host a series of public programs, including a tour of the exhibition and a panel discussion featuring Chief Curator of Photography from The Museum of Modern Art, Peter Galassi, Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas, and Canadian cultural historian and art critic from the University of Guelph, Dot Tuer. All programs take place at The Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue, New York and are free and open to the public.
Saturday September 4th, 2004, 2:00 ˆ 3:00 p.m.
Ingrid Chu/The Americas Society
Thursday September 9th, 2004, 6:30 ˆ 8:00 p.m.
Peter Galassi/MoMA
Susan Meiselas/Magnum
Dot Tuer/University of Guelph
A reception will follow from 8:00 ˆ 9:00 p.m.
At first glance, Running Fence (1997) and Lethbridge (1998-1999), the two series of black and white photographs by Toronto-based artist Geoffrey James featured in The Americas Society exhibition, Geoffrey James: Zones of Contact, could not seem further apart. Where these images documenting the fence dividing the United States/ Mexico border and the City of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada intersect, has to do with the demarcation of territory, whether owned or claimed.
>From territories known to the artist to those less familiar, James‚s photographs are evocative for the experiences they engender, particularly in terms of highlighting a sense of disenfranchisement, dislocation and marginalization as a lived identity for many, no matter where or how they live.
How can images represent the complex conditions inherent within the contested sites that the photographs of Geoffrey James reveals? How do the politics of place within the Americas compare to other photographic
representations of „culturally charged landscapes‰ found elsewhere? These and other issues will be discussed in both programs.
For more information, contact Ines Cisneros in the Visual Arts department at 212.277.8361/icisneros@as-coa.org or visit www.americas-society.org
Geoffrey James: Zones of Contact continues through September 11th, 2004. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-6 p.m. Closed Fridays. The exhibition was organized by The Americas Society in consultation with the Canadian Consulate General, New York. The exhibition was sponsored by Americas Society members, Harris Nesbitt/A member of BMO Financial Group, with additional support provided by Magnum Photos, and Carol and David Appel.