Penelope Umbrico

Web as Archive
Thursday, March 28, 4:00 p.m.

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Where: The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S Wabash Ave.

Web as Archive

Penelope Umbrico will talk about her multi-disciplinary, photo-based works that explore the ever-changing technologies of image making, and the ever-increasing production and consumption of images on the web. Employing methods of aggregations and appropriation, installation and intervention, she re-casts these images, putting them to work to question what they mean, why they are shared, where the investment is, and what this points to.


Penelope Umbrico’s installations, video, and digital media works utilize photo-sharing and consumer-to-consumer websites as an expansive archive to explore the production and consumption of images. Her work navigates between producer and consumer, local and global, the individual and the collective, with attention to the technologies that are produced by (and produce) these forces. Exhibitions: Umbrico’s work has been exhibited at MoMA PS1, NY; Museum of Modern Art, NY; MassMoCA, MA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; Milwaukee Art Museum, WI; Art Museum Gosta, Finland; Foto Colectania, Barcelona, Spain; The Photographers’ Gallery, London; Daegu Photography Biennale, Korea; Pingyao International Photography Festival, China; Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, Germany; Rencontres d’Arles, France; Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane Australia; among many others. Awards: Umbrico is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship; Sharpe-Walentas Studio Grant; Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship; New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship; Anonymous Was a Woman Award. Publications: Her monographs have been published by Aperture NYC and RVB Books Paris.

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