Penelope Umbrico will be speaking Thursday 04/04/13 at 5:00PM in Shepard Hall 408. Please come and let your students know about this talk. More information about her and her work can be found on her website http://www.penelopeumbrico.net/As Is featured a series of work called “Broken Sets (EBay)” (2009–2010), which consisted of images of broken LCD television screens that were acquiesced from pictures posted by eBay sellers trying to sell damaged television sets for parts.
Her project “Suns from Flickr ” started in 2006 when she found 541,795 pictures of Sunsets searching the word “sunset” on the photo-sharing web site Flickr while looking for the most photographed subject (which the sunset turned out to be). She took just the suns from these pictures and made Kodak snapshot prints of them.
Umbrico has participated in numerous group exhibitions including those at MoMA PS1, NY; MassMoCA, MA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; The Pingyao International Photography Festival, China; The Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, Germany; Museum of Modern Art, NY; Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane Australia; Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Cambridge; Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, NY; International Center of Photography, NY, among others. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the International Center of Photography, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Tampa Museum of Art, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.Her work has recently been featured in the New York Times Magazine, on the cover and inside spreads accompanying “Ghosts In the Machine”, including “Cyberspace When You’re Dead”, on January 9, 2011. In March 2012, Art in America featured Umbrico’s work on the cover and inside along with a short essay by the artist.