New York

Rainer Ganahl

Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University

Rainer Ganahl’s “Seminars/Lectures” is an ongoing series of photographs, begun in 1995, which depicts an august roster of intellectuals—rock stars of academia from Edward Said, Noam Chomsky, and Cornel West to Jacques Derrida, Pierre Bourdieu, and Jacques Rancière—delivering their ideas to audiences across the country. A sampling of images from “S/L” (the title invokes Roland Barthes’s S/Z [1970]) were included in a recent retrospective at Columbia University’s Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery (a very appropriate venue). Also on view were recent photos focusing on the often jarring juxtapositions between Ganahl’s highbrow subjects and the visual aids or backdrops that become the “sets” for their “performances”: Griselda Pollock lecturing under a projection of Marilyn Monroe and Jackson Pollock; a tableau of graying white males (Eric Hobsbawm, Carl Schorske, David Montgomery, and Ira

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