Key Speakers: 4 Saints In 3 Acts

10 Feb 2018

Regular hours

11:00 – 19:00

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£8/£5 members & concessions. Includes entry to all exhibitions.

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The Photographers' Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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  • Just off Oxford Street so accessible by bus services to Oxford Street and a 2 minute walk from Oxford Circus Tube Station.
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Join us for an afternoon of discussion exploring the varied themes and contemporary understandings of 4 Saints in 3 Acts - A Snapshot of the American Avant-garde, the first exhibition worldwide to focus on the photographic dimensions of this ground-breaking American modernist opera.


Exhibition curators Patricia Allmer and John Sears will discuss aspects of the relationship of photography to the conception, representation, performance, and contemporary dissemination especially in Harlem, of the opera Four Saints in Three Acts. Ramon Amaro, Lecturer at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths University of London, will consider the role of the machinic body and the use of visual aesthetics in black performance.


Dr Patricia Allmer is Senior Lecturer in Art History at the University of Edinburgh. Her most recent books are Lee Miller - Photography, Surrealism, and Beyond and (as editor) Intersections - Women Artists, Surrealism, Modernism (both Manchester UP, 2016). She curated the award-winning Angels of Anarchy - Women Artists and Surrealism(Manchester Art Gallery, 2009) and, with Dr Sears, Taking Shots - The Photography of William S. Burroughs (The Photographers’ Gallery, 2014). She is currently completing a critical biography of René Magritte.

Ramon Amaro is a Lecturer in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. His research interests include machine learning, engineering, black ontology, and philosophies of the mind. Ramon is a Research Fellow in Digital Culture at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, and a visiting tutor in Media Theory at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK). He is completing his PhD in Philosophy at Goldsmiths, while holding a Masters degree in Sociological Research from the University of Essex. Along with being a former Assistant Editor for the SAGE open access journal Big Data & Society, he has also worked as a quality design engineer for General Motors and programmes manager for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Dr John Sears is an independent scholar who worked for 25 years in UK higher education, teaching courses on American and English literature and cultural and literary theory. His books include Stephen King’s Gothic(University of Wales, 2011) and Reading George Szirtes (Bloodaxe, 2008). With Dr Allmer he co-curated Taking Shots - The Photography of William S. Burroughs, and they co-edited the accompanying catalogue publication (Prestel, 2014). His most recent publications include essays on Arthur Machen (Strange Attractor, 2016) and (also with Dr Allmer) the punk art of Gee Vaucher (First Site Gallery, Colchester, 2016).


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