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Panel Talk and Reception

To open Purdue University's exhibition, Indecisive Moment, a panel talk and reception will be held on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. 
The panel will explore issues related to the subjecthood, objecthood, and materiality of contemporary photography, as well as topics concerning changes in technology and photographic processes.

Schedule of Events

October 25, 2017
5:30 pm - Panel Presentation,  Stewart Center RM 310
6:30 pm - RECEPTION featuring live performance by helen gillet, Robert L. Ringel Gallery, Stewart Center

Panel Presenters

Matt Lipps

For over 10 years, Matt Lipps has critically examined photographs from both high and low sources to reveal how these images have reflected and shaped our culture. His process involves a systematic yet flexible set of rules that reinvent context and meaning through collage strategies, sculptural tropes and theater staging techniques.Lipps received his MFA from University of California, Irvine in 2004. His works can be found in the collections of Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, CA); The Saatchi Gallery (London, UK); and The Pilara Foundation Collection/Pier 24 (San Francisco). He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.


Anastasia Samoylova (b.1984) was born and raised in Moscow, received an MA from Russian State University for the Humanities, and an MFA from Bradley University. Samoylova has exhibited internationally, including Aperture Foundation in New York, Griffin Museum of Photography in Boston, Brussels Photography Festival in Belgium, and Pingyao International Photography Festival in China. Her work is included in the collection at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and ArtSlant Prize collection in Paris. In 2015 she was granted an artist residency at Latitude Chicago. Her work has been featured in the New Yorker and Foam magazines. Her first monograph, Landscape Sublime, was published by the In the In-Between Editions in June 2016.


Jessica Labatte is an artist based in the suburbs of Chicago, whose constructed imagery investigates the materiality of photography through light, color, illusion, and paradoxes inherent in photographic representation. Labatte is Assistant Professor of Art and head of Photography at Northern Illinois University. She received a MFA and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In June 2014 she was an Artist in Residence at Light Work, Syracuse, NY. Her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL, Elmhurst Art Museum, IL South Bend Museum of Art, IN, Hyde Park Art Center, IL Higher Pictures, NYC, Golden Gallery, NYC and Chicago, and Horton Gallery, NYC. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The New Yorker,, and Chicago Magazine. She is represented by Western Exhibitions, Chicago.


Jennifer Kaufmann-Buhler recently joined the Department of Art and Design at Purdue University as an assistant professor of Design History. Prior to joining Purdue, she worked as an assistant professor in the Department of Art and Design History at Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio. Jennifer earned her PhD in Design Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her MA in the History of Design from the Royal College of Art and Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and her BA in American Culture from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.


Curators Min Kim Park, associate professor of integrated studio arts at Purdue University, and Liz Erlewine, interim director and head curator for Purdue University Galleries, will serve as moderators for this hour-long discussion.