Hi-Fi Living and Uneasy Listening Brown Bag Lunch and Conversation

Join us on Friday, November 16, at noon, for a brown bag lunch with artist Tim Davis in conversation with scholars Janet Borgerson and Jonathan Schroeder (who teamed up to give this year’s Zankel Lecture). The conversation will revolve around the vinyl LP, the subject of Borgerson and Schroeder’s book Designed for Hi-Fi Living: The Vinyl LP in Midcentury America, and a component of Davis’ exhibition Tim Davis — When We Are Dancing (I Get Ideas), on view at the Tang. Bring your lunch; drinks and sweets provided.

Janet Borgerson’s research focuses on the intersections of philosophy, culture, and business studies, with an overarching focus on how identity forms and functions within organizations, markets, and consumption contexts, including mid-century media. She has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and often draws upon her background in art history, poetry, and film studies. She is the author of Caring and Power in Female Leadership: A Philosophical Approach (2018) and co-author of From Chinese Brand Culture to Global Brands (2013).

Jonathan Schroeder writes about the intersections of branding, midcentury media, and visual culture. He is the William A. Kern Professor in the School of Communication at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. He received a B.A. from the University of Michigan, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He has lived and worked in the US, Sweden, and England. His books include Visual Consumption (Routledge, 2002), Brand Culture (Routledge, 2006, co-editor), Routledge Companion to Visual Organization (2014, co-editor), Designed for Hi-Fi Living: The Vinyl LP in Midcentury America (MIT Press, 2017, co-author), and August Strindberg and Visual Culture: The Emergence of Optical Modernity in Image, Text, and Theatre (Bloomsbury, 2018, co-editor).

Tim Davis was born in Blantyre, Malawi and currently lives and works in upstate New York. He received a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Yale University. His photographs and videos have been exhibited in museums and galleries across the globe. The installation Elevator Music 29 — Tim Davis: Unphotographable was on view at the Tang Museum in 2015. He is a Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize recipient and is the author and subject of several monographs including Quinto Quarto, The New Antiquity, Permanent Collection, and My Life in Politics. His works are in the permanent collections of institutions including The Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Walker Art Center among others. He is a regular contributor to Aperture and Cabinet magazines, and his recent album, It’s OK to Hate Yourself, is available on vinyl.

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