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Contact: Teresa S. Thomas, Carnegie Mellon
(412) 268-3580

For immediate release:
October 12, 2001

"Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America," Roundtable Discussion at Carnegie Mellon University

PITTSBURGH–Carnegie Mellon University's Center for the Arts in Society is presenting a roundtable discussion of the current Andy Warhol Museum exhibition, "Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America" on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Singleton Room of Roberts Engineering Hall on the Carnegie Mellon campus.

With the help of the audience, roundtable panelists from the Pittsburgh community and Carnegie Mellon will discuss issues such as taking pictures and making commercial postcards of lynching scenes, purchasing and preserving such violent images for posterity, and analyzing the characteristics of the makers, distributors, recipients and viewers of them. Panelists also will talk about the role of the artist and cultural institutions when interpreting and displaying such images of socio­cultural violence.

Community panelists include Jessica Arcand, a curator at the Andy Warhol Museum; Lonnie Graham, Pittsburgh area independent photographer; Kilolo Luckett from the Urban Design Institute and Tony Norman, columnist from the Pittsburgh Post­Gazette. Carnegie Mellon participants are Barbara Bernstein, adjunct assistant professor in the Art Department; Liann Tsoukas, visiting instructor in the History Department and Melissa Ragona, a fellow of the Center for the Arts in Society.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Center for the Arts in Society at 412­268­6211.

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