Visitors enjoy the 2011 MFA Graduate Exhibition at the Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Public Special Events


Carol Mavor
Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 7:00pm
Lecture Hall
FREE and Open to the Public
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

About the Book Launch
Author Carol Mavor's new book Black and Blue: The Bruising Passion of Camera Lucida, La Jetée, sans Soleil, and Hiroshima mon amour (Duke University Press, 2012) is steeped in melancholy, in the feeling of being blue, or, rather, black and blue, with all the literality of bruised flesh. Roland Barthes and Marcel Proust are inspirations for and subjects of Mavor's exquisite, image-filled rumination on efforts to capture fleeting moments and to comprehend the incomprehensible. At the book's heart are one book and three films—Roland Barthes's Camera Lucida, Chris Marker's La Jetée and Sans soleil, and Marguerite Duras's and Alain Resnais's Hiroshima mon amour—postwar French works that register disturbing truths about loss and regret, and violence and history, through aesthetic refinement.

After a short reading, full of images and film clips, Mavor will be in-conversation with the performance and art theorist Peggy Phelan. This exciting discussion and Q & A with Mavor will be moderated by Nicole Archer. Program Chair of SFAI's History and Theory of Contemporary Art Department.

Following the discussion, Mavor will be signing books at a reception in the SFAI Café. Guests are encouraged to order books in advance from Modern Times Bookstore Collective. Books will also be available for sale at the event.

About the Author
Carol Mavor is Professor of Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Manchester. She is the author of Reading Boyishly: Roland Barthes, J. M. Barrie, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Marcel Proust, and D. W. Winnicott; Becoming: The Photographs of Clementina, Viscountess Hawarden; and Pleasures Taken: Performances of Sexuality and Loss in Victorian Photographs, all also published by Duke University Press.

About Peggy Phelan
Peggy Phelan is the Ann O'Day Maples Professor in the Arts at Stanford University. She is author of Unmarked: the politics of performance (1993) and Mourning Sex: Performing Public Memories (1997), both from Routledge.