OPEN STACKS | #42 Art & Time: Pamela Bannos, Laura Letinsky, & John Muse

March 11th, 2018

 This week on Open Stacks, the many relationships of art to time, as elucidated in photography, theater, and the lives of artists. Pamela Bannos discusses her book Vivian Maier: A Photographer’s Life and Afterlife, which details the life and work of the posthumously celebrated photographer; and Laura Letinsky and John Muse talk about their respective books Time’s Assignation and Microdramas.

Two self portraits from Vivian Maier (left: undated; right: 1954)

Why did Maier take photos and live the life of a photographer if she did not want to show her work or ever have it seen? It is moving to imagine her working so privately, without any apparent desire for recognition or visibility. What drives an artist to create, detached from any thought about reception or market, or apparently any desire to communicate through the art? (LARB)

From Laura Letinsky's Time's Assignation

Muse spends some time mulling over Suzan-Lori Parks' 365 Days/365 Plays in conversation with Letinsky. A portion of the work is here: