Fall Wende Salon

The Wende Museum, Culver City, California
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 | 6:00 pm

The Fall Salon presented a special evening of conversation about secretive and unfamiliar objects, places and subjects. Photographer Taryn Simon, in conversation with Peter Tokofsky, Education Specialist, J. Paul Getty Museum, discussed her work Contraband (2010), an archive of global desires and perceived threats, presenting 1,075 images of items that were detained or seized from passengers and mail entering the United States from abroad. An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar (2007) reveals objects, sites, and spaces that are integral to America's foundation, mythology, or daily functioning but remain inaccessible or unknown to a public audience. These unseen subjects range from radioactive capsules at a nuclear waste storage facility to a black bear in hibernation to the art collection of the CIA.

This program was sponsored by the Greater Los Angeles Chapter, Fulbright Association and Meridee Williams.

Biographical Notes

Taryn Simon’s artistic medium consists of three equal elements: photography, text, and graphic design. Her works investigate the impossibility of absolute understanding and open up the space between text and image, where disorientation occurs and ambiguity reigns. She lives and works in New York.

Peter Tokofsky is education specialist for academic and adult programs at the Getty Museum. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Germanic Languages at UCLA, and leads UCLA's a travel study program to Vienna, Munich, and Berlin during the summer.