Engraving by Louis Poyet in La Nature magazine, France, 1891.
“Vision and Visuality,” a symposium on contemporary theories of vision, took place on April 30, 1988, at Dia Art Foundation’s exhibition space at 548 West 22nd Street. It was organized and moderated by Hal Foster, who also organized the first program of Discussions in Contemporary Culture the year before. Among the topics addressed were the shift in visual paradigms in the 19th century, the critique and celebration of vision in 20th century art, and the implications of psychoanalytic theories of vision for art history and visual theories of modernism. Renowned participants included Norman Bryson, Jonathan Crary, Martin Jay, Rosalind Krauss, and Jacqueline Rose.